BUFFALO – Sabres prospect Justin Bailey had known for months the rebuilding Kitchener Rangers would likely try to trade him to an Ontario Hockey League contender.
Still, when the team offered the youngster a deal to the powerhouse Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in early January, Bailey, who had a no-trade clause, wrestled with his decision.
“It was very, very difficult,” the high-scoring winger said Wednesday.
The 19-year-old Williamsville native loved playing in Kitchener, which is about two hours from Buffalo. The close proximity …