Oct. 11, 1991 -- In the fall of 1991, Sabres general manager Gerry Meehan started to make major changes in his roster. The first shoe came with a deal with the Winnipeg Jets. Here's how the News' Milt Northrop reported it:
"The Buffalo Sabres today acquired veteran Gord Donnelly and speedy center-right wing Dave McLlwain in a five-player deal with the Winnipeg Jets. In exchange for Donnelly, McLlwain and what were termed "future considerations", the Sabres sent wingers Darrin Shannon and Mike Hartman and defenseman Dean Kennedy to Winnipeg.The two players will try to join Buffalo in Quebec on Saturday."
McLlwain was supposed to add speed and Donnelly added toughness. The deal did represent a sad ending to the Buffalo career of Shannon, who came over in the Tom Barrasso deal with Pittsburgh and at one point was considered one of the team's best prospects.
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