June 26, 1994 -- You could argue that the Sabres gave up defenseman Sean O'Donnell just a little bit too soon.
The Sabres took the big defenseman in the sixth round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1991. He spent three years with the Rochester Americans, piling up an average of more than 200 penalty minutes per season.
Then on this day, Buffalo traded him to the Los Angeles Kings for Doug Houda. The Sabres needed a spare defenseman, and Houda was a veteran of 10 years of pro play who could fill that role. Houda even came back to the organization a few years after that to help out in Rochester.
O'Donnell reached the NHL after some more time in the minors. Once he arrived in the big time, he stayed ... and stayed and stayed.
O'Donnell spent six seasons with the Kings. Then it was on to Minnesota. And New Jersey. And Boston. And Phoenix. And back in Los Angeles. Finally, he spent the 2010-11 season with Philadelphia.
The rugged defenseman has played more than 1,100 games in the NHL. It's been an impressive, and long, career.
--- Budd Bailey