The career of Richie Dunn could be split into two distinct sections. He wasn't a bad hockey player in either of the portions of his career.
Dunn, who was born in Boston, arrived in Buffalo as a defenseman during the 1977-78 season. He worked his way up to regular duty in 1979-80, when he played all 80 games for a Sabre team that reached the semifinals of the playoffs. Dunn kept his spot for two more years.
Then the Sabres made a major trade with Calgary, sending Dunn and goalie Don Edwards to the Flames for three draft choices. But the defenseman only stayed for a year out West before he was traded to Hartford. Dunn spent one more season as an NHL regular before he lost his job and spent most of 1984-85 in the minors.
Dunn became a free agent in the summer of 1985, and signed with the Sabres. Regular duty wasn't in his future, but he still had a use to the team. Every NHL squad likes to have a veteran around who can come up from the minors and fill in when someone gets hurt.
That was Dunn. He did it so well that he served the Sabres from 1985 to 1989. Dunn also played one more year with Rochester before retiring.
-- Budd Bailey
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