Not every trade is a blockbuster. Sometimes a team has a weakness at one position and a strength at another.
You couldn't find two more matched players than Gilles Hamel and Scott Arniel. Hamel was a right winger who averaged about 20 goals per game during his four full seasons in Buffalo. Arniel was a left winger who had averaged about 20 goals per game during his four full seasons at Winnipeg. Arniel was 23, Hamel was 26.
Deal or no deal? Deal.
Arniel never scored 20 goals as a Sabre in his four years here, but he was always a useful player to have around and could fill a variety of roles. He went back to Winnipeg in the Dale Hawerchuk trade, and he played until 1999 with a variety of minor league teams once his NHL days were over. He recently was named head coach in Columbus.
Hamel had one good year with Winnipeg (27 goals), and then saw his stats fall off a cliff. He was done with hockey in 1990 after a stay in France.
-- Budd Bailey
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