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Buffalo Sabres trade Justin Bailey for Taylor Leier

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Fri, Jan 18th 2019 08:05 am

The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday announced the team acquired forward Taylor Leier from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Justin Bailey.

Leier (age 24, 5’11”, 180 pounds) will join the Rochester Americans (AHL) after recording 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) in 34 AHL games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms so far this season. Now in his fifth professional season, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native has totaled 136 points (56/80) in 226 career regular-season games with the Phantoms. In 2017, he was named the Most Valuable Player at the AHL All-Star Classic.

Since being selected by Philadelphia in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Leier has appeared in 55 NHL games, recording seven points (2/5). He spent the entire 2017-18 season with the Flyers, appearing in a career-high 39 NHL games.

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