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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: One too many

   November 12, 1988 -- The Buffalo Sabres had a problem in the fall of 1988. They had too many goalies: two.

   Tom Barrasso and Daren Puppa were both capable of starting in the National Hockey League. Not only that, but the two goalies didn't like each other that much. What's more, if there had been an election in the locker room about which goalie to keep, Puppa would have been the winner.

   General manager Gerry Meehan decided to deal one of them, and Barrasso, as a veteran, was likely to bring more talent in return. So Buffalo sent Barrasso and a draft choice to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Doug Bodger and prospect Darrin Shannon.

   Bodger was someone who came into the league at age 18 and had little trouble fitting in to the NHL from the start. That's rare for a defenseman. Bodger was never great, but he was pretty good for quite a while and a good man in the locker room. Shannon, the brother of future Sabre Darryl, was considered one of the best prospects in hockey after he was taken fourth overall in the 1988 Entry Draft. Darrin was considered a strong two-player who was tough to knock off his skates.

   Pittsburgh had no complaints about the deal, as Barrasso helped the Penguins win two Stanley Cups. Buffalo did OK in the deal but not great. Shannon never really panned out as a Sabre and was traded to Winnipeg in 1991. He had a couple of good seasons there and stayed with that franchise through 1998. Bodger played almost five more seasons after he was traded to the San Jose Sharks in 1995.

 --- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.