In 1993, Sabres' John Muckler had a goaltending problem. He didn't think he could get to the second round of the playoffs with the goalies on the roster. However, he knew someone who could help.
Grant Fuhr had been part of five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, where Muckler was on the coaching staff. He didn't have the stats that other goalies compiled, thanks in part to the Oilers' open style of play. But he was really good when he had to be.
Fuhr was traded to the Maple Leafs in 1991 in a major transaction. However, Toronto was faced with losing him in an upcoming expansion draft in 1993. Muckler offered Dave Andreychuk, Daren Puppa and a draft choice, and the deal was done.
The Sabres did win a first-round playoff series in 1993, ending 10 years of frustration. But they also had a fellow named Dominik Hasek on the bench, who was spectacular when Fuhr was forced out of the lineup with injuries. The Sabres eventually traded Fuhr to Los Angeles.
From there, it was on to St. Louis and Calgary. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame of 2003.
— Budd Bailey
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