(Born on December 26, 1976) -- To put this in terms that the financial world would understand, the Buffalo Sabres bought Andy Delmore stock at its peak and sold him at a loss.
Delmore played three years of junior hockey, and in the third he became an offensive threat while on defense. He scored 21 goals in 64 games for the Sarnia Sting. That led to his signing by the Philadelphia Flyers.
The defenseman arrived in the NHL for more than a cup of coffee in 2000, and a year later he left for Nashville for two seasons. There he had 16 and 18 goals for the Predators. Then Delmore landed in Buffalo.
It wasn’t a great marriage. He only played in 37 games here, and had two goals and five assists. The defenseman also played briefly in Rochester.
Delmore still had some hockey in him after departing Buffalo in 2004. He played everywhere from Germany to Grand Rapids, Mich., with a lot of places in between.
--- Budd Bailey