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01-31-2013, 07:40 PM
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Location: Spokane, WA.
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Nothing wrong with Sanderson at all.
He was a purely offensive forward, and in a more restrictive offensive scenario, his value would plummet. He had two 40-goal seasons in Hartford, followed by two more 30-goal years. He struggled with Carolina, who traded him to Vancouver, who traded him to Buffalo. Lindy Ruff didn't like him, so they gave him to Columbus. It was one of those "take Sanderson, and we'll give you a couple players and picks" type of deals. He had two 30-goal years in Columbus as well.
The problem is that, if a team wasn't able to slot him in on the top two lines and give him PP time, he wasn't going to do anything else. He couldn't go on the third line, since his defense was poor. He couldn't go on the fourth line, since his physical game was non-existent. So all of these teams who wanted versatility from their forwards had no use for him.
Buffalo could have won a Stanley Cup in 1999 if they'd actually given Sanderson some minutes. But they were busy using some
scoring wingers, guys like Dixon Ward and Vaclav Varada. Buffalo at that time had three actual scoring forwards: Sanderson, Derek Plante, and Miroslav Satan. Satan was the only one who actually was used properly, while Sanderson floundered on the bench and Plante was traded. So Buffalo had the 17th-best offense out of 29 teams and fell short.
Now, come on MB, you of all people should know that it was the NHL's fault that the Sabres lost the Cup...
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