NHL trade deadline turmoil for Canucks, Sabres

The closest that Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo got to the ice on the weekend at BC Place...

The closest that Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo got to the ice on the weekend at BC Place was during his team's workout the day before the Heritage Classic. The situation left the veteran netminder 'not happy,' according to coach John Tortorella. (ANNE-MARIE SORVIN/USA Today)

Mike Zeisberger, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

When the Vancouver Canucks and Buffalo Sabres were granted NHL franchises in 1970, the league used a numbered spinning wheel to determine which of the two teams would get the first overall pick in the draft.

When the wheel stopped at 11, league officials thought it was the Roman numeral for 2. And, since the Canucks had the "even numbers," they were poised to pluck Gilbert Perreault.

That's when the Sabres stepped in, quickly pointing out that it, was, in fact, eleven. And it was, in fact, Buffalo that held the "odd numbers."

That's how Buffalo landed Perreault.

Looking back, it certainly was a chaotic start for both franchises.

Forty-four years later, chaos reigns supreme in both those markets again.

As Wednesday's trade deadline approaches, both teams find themselves shrouded in controversy in what could be an active period for both teams.


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