Oct. 21, 1988 -- Who says there are no second acts in American life?
Larry Playfair had one. The former number one draft choice of the Sabres had been dealt to the Kings in 1986 in a deal involving Doug Smith and Brian Engblom. But Buffalo got him back in 1988, giving up Bob Logan and a draft choice.
This deal was more popular with team's front office than with the hockey department. Playfair was one of the hardest workers in team history in terms of working with the community, and immediately reestablished a strong relationship with Western New York upon his return. Playfair retired a Sabre less than two years later, and has stayed in town.
-- Budd Bailey