The Sabres trade Justin Bailey to the Flyers

Philadelphia sends forward Taylor Leier to Buffalo

Paul Hamilton
January 18, 2019 - 1:11 am

Photo: Jake Roth - USA TODAY Sports


Vancouver, BC (WGR 550) - The Sabres made a minor league move to strengthen Rochester. Western New York native Justin Bailey was traded to Philadelphia for forward Taylor Leier.

Bailey possesses elite speed, but his body couldn’t keep up with his legs. Bailey had many opportunities in Buffalo, scoring five goals and three assists for eight points in 52 games.

In 196 AHL games, Bailey netted 62 goals and 54 assists for 116 points. This season, the 2013 second round pick had nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 37 games.

Leier is one year older than Bailey and was the Flyers' fourth round pick in 2012. His NHL numbers are pretty close to Bailey’s, scoring two goals and five assists for seven points in 55 games.

In 226 AHL games, Leier has 56 goals and 80 assists for 136 points. This season with Lehigh Valley, Leier had 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points in 34 games.

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