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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: One too many

   February 14, 1995 -- The Buffalo Sabres had two Hall of Fame goaltenders on their roster in the 1995 season, which had been cut about in half because of labor problems. The issue in net was that the Sabres could only play one of those goalies at a time. So, one had to go.

   Buffalo opted to keep Dominik Hasek -- no arguing that decision -- and traded Grant Fuhr to the Los Angeles Kings in a seven-player deal.

   It was quite a transaction. The Sabres sent Fuhr and young defensemen Philippe Boucher and Denis Tsygurov to Los Angeles for defensemen Alexei Zhitnik and Charlie Huddy, and goalie Robb Stauber.

   Fuhr was earning $1.6 million and had lost his starting job to Hasek. Still, it couldn't have been fun for Sabres general manager and coach John Muckler to trade Fuhr, who had helped him win Stanley Cups in Edmonton.

   Muckler got one of his pals from Edmonton back in the deal in Huddy, a veteran defenseman. The key to the deal was Zhitnik, who was a very talented and young defenseman.

    Fuhr didn't help the Kings much, but Zhitnik played a lot of good hockey for Buffalo. Advantage, Sabres.

--- 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.