You could argue that the Sabres gave up on defenseman Sean O'Donnell just a little bit too soon.
Buffalo took the big defenseman in the sixth round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1991. He spent three years with the Rochester Americans, piling up an average of more than 200 penalty minutes per season.
Then on this day, Buffalo traded him to the Los Angeles Kings for Doug Houda. The Sabres needed a spare defenseman, and Houda was a veteran of 10 years of pro play who could fill that role.
O'Donnell reached the NHL after some more time in the minors. Once he arrived in the big time, he stayed and stayed and stayed.
O'Donnell spent six seasons with the Kings. Then it was on to Minnesota. And New Jersey. And Boston. And Phoenix. And back in Los Angeles. Finally, he spent the 2010-11 season with Philadelphia.
-- Budd Bailey