Originally posted on Lowetide  |  Last updated 1/3/12
My goodness Gilbert Perreault was fun to watch. He could go end to end and deke the entire roster before potting a goal. He could score off the rush with his slapshot, he was a sublime passer and a stickhandling wizard. Buffalo began their franchise with "the franchise" and didn't stop there. This is the French Connection. L-R Rick Martin (they used to play up his name, like Reeshard Martann although why they bothered in Buffalo is beyond me), Rene Robert and Perreault. The Sabres under Punch Imlach would use the draft extensively to build their team and had immediate success. They would also procure talent wherever and whenever possible: Punch Imlach reneged on a verbal agreement with Boston to stay away from sniper Tom Webster, and sent the young winger to Detroit for G Roger Crozier. Sat in his office until right at the deadline so Detroit could call and gift them with trusty C Don Luce. Mostly it was the draft. 1970 brought Gil Perreault, 1971 Rick Martin plus wonderful ...
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