In a quest to determine The Most Insignificant Sabre of the Last Decade, The Goose’s Roost will profile one effectively useless player a day. After the profiles are all said and done, we will put up a poll with all of the finalists. The player receiving the most votes will be crowned Most Insignificant.
Acquired by the Sabres: Traded from St. Louis Blues with a 2nd round pick in the 1996 draft and a 3rd round pick in the 1997 draft to the Sabres for Yuri Kymylev and8th pick in the 1996 draft (via hockeydb)
Regular season stats as a Sabre: 27 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, 32 PIM
Playoff stats as a Sabre: 4 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 points, 4 PIM
After Buffalo: After being traded to Columbus for “future considerations” during the Expansion Draft, Grand-Pierre went on to play two full seasons for the Blue Jackets and parts of a third. Since then, he saw time in Atlanta, Washington, and overseas. This past season, Jean-Luc played for the Lowell Devils of the AHL.
Ebay swag: You can get a puck, autographed by Jean-Luc outside of the players hotel in St. Paul, for $8.95 or best offer. I may be going out on a limb here, but I’m saying any offer is going to win it.
Why Grand-Pierre should be Most Insignificant: He played in 31 total games for the franchise, and his claim to fame is still being “one of those big black defensemen that played a few games for us.”
Why Grand-Pierre should not be Most Insignificant: Amazingly, some people still walk around with his jersey on. Porky claims to have seen a Grand-Pierre jersey at the Winter Classic, and I just came across this the other day:
So he’s got at least two fans out there.
That does it for our second finalist, Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre. Should he be the “winner?” Let us know in the comments.