The Buffalo Sabres have been a part of the NHL since 1970. This is the year that they were
introduced as an expansion franchise in the Eastern Conference. They play in the Northeast
division of the conference. The team has been relatively successful since their inception. The
Buffalo Sabres tickets holders have seen the team compete for six division championships,
one presidents trophy, and three conference championships. The only problem is that those
who buy Buffalo Sabres tickets have not seen the team win a Stanley Cup. Taking that last
step has always been something that the Buffalo Sabres have not been that good at. They
have not managed to go from being a very good team to a great one.
The past five years have been up and down for Buffalo Sabres tickets holders. The team did
not even make the playoffs in 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2011-2012. They managed to make
the playoffs in 2009-10 and 2010-11, however they did not get past the QFs. They have not
won a single game in the last five years in the playoffs. That is a problem for Buffalo Sabres
There have been some incredible players that fans have gotten to see with the Buffalo
Sabres. The likes of Frank Christie, David Forman, Phil Housley, and Joe Crozier are all part of
the Buffalo Sabres hall of fame. While none of these players have gotten the team to the
Stanley Cup final win that they want, they still have a very special place in the history of this
Since 1996, the Buffalo Sabres have made the First Niagra Center their home. This is a
stadium that cost $127.5 million to build and it has been a resounding success. Hockey
games get an attendance of around 18,595 people for home games. Most Buffalo Sabres
tickets are sold out for home games, with their being plenty of seasonal Buffalo Sabres
tickets holders. Playoff games are even more intense when it comes to the dash to get
Buffalo Sabres fans are a very passionate bunch. They want success for their team, but they
are never fickle in their support. Even when there were years or little success, or hope of it,
they kept buying Buffalo Sabres tickets with the same intensity. They did not lower the
volume in the arenas and made sure their team was loved and appreciated. These fans will
be hoping that all their effort and support is rewarded with a Stanley Cup in the near future.
It will not be easy, as there are more attractive franchises than the Buffalo Sabres for star
players to play at. However, management will do their best to build a competitive team.
There have been a couple of good draft picks and trade deals for the 2012-2013 season, so
fans can look forward to a successful few years with the team. They will be hoping that the
tag of underachievers and nearly men can be overturned in 2012-2013. Buffalo Sabres
tickets holders will be important as they need to show the same support to the team that
they have in the past few years.
12-2-13: For once, the Sabres had a relatively good week picking up three of a possible six points. They opened the week with a loss to Montreal, then rallied to beat Toronto in overtime on Friday and then forced overtime against the Devils the following night. Generating offense continues to be a problem for Ted Nolan’s squad. Buffalo. Aside from Cody Hodgson and Matt Moulson, no Sabres skater has hit double digits in points yet this year.
11-25-13: New coach. Same old story for the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo has lost four straight games going back to November 16 and lost all three games they played last week. The Sabres minus-33 goal differential is dead last in the NHL. The one bright spot for the Sabres continues to be Ryan Miller’s play. He’s made the best out of a horrible situation and should be the starting goalie for Team USA in Sochi, especially if Jonathan Quick’s injury prolongs.
11-18-13: GM Darcy Reiger and head coach Ron Rolston finally got the axe this past week. In comes former Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine as Director of Player Operations and former coach Ted Nolan as interim bench boss. Surprisingly, the Sabres actually won two out of three games this week. Ryan Miller was tremendous. In his two starts, the Sabres were outshot by a combined margin of 78-43, but somehow managed to outscore their opponents 5-3. Maybe the changes in the front office and behind the bench will spark Buffalo.
11-12-13: It’s pretty much the same story for the NHL’s worst team as they struggled mightily this past week. One bright spot was the Sabres did beat the Sharks (yes it’s hard to believe) 5-4 in a shootout. In reality, the Sharks should have won that game as they actually scored but the referees missed the call. Matt Mouslon has only played six games as a member of the Sabres and his six points are good for second on the team behind Cody Hodgson’s 13 points. You have to wonder when the Sabres will deal Ryan Miller as it looks like his days in Buffalo are almost over.
11-5-13: Even newly acquired Matt Mouslon can’t turn around the lowly Sabres. Moulson fared well in his first three games as a Sabre registering two goals and two assists. The Sabres lost 4-3 to Dallas, 2-0 to the Rangers and 6-3 to Anaheim. There is no question they’re the leagues’ worst team and possibly worst franchise overall. Buffalo has scored the first goal only twice this season in 16 games played and when they did score first they lost both games.
10-29-13: At 2-11-1 it’s officially rebuilding time for the Buffalo Sabres. Late Sunday night GM Darcy Reiger dealt star forward Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson, a 2014 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick. The Sabres got incredible value for a player who will be a free agent at the end of the year and already told the world he’ll test the market. Moulson is also a UFA at year’s end and what the Sabres try to do with him will be interesting. Ryan Miller will be the next one to leave. I’d be remiss not to mention John Scott’s vicious hit on Loui Eriksson last week. It was a dirty hit that has no place in the league. Scott is suspended indefinitely.
10-21-13: The Sabres got their first win of the season over the New York Islanders via the shootout last week. They followed up their first win of the year by getting utterly destroyed by the Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche. It’s a lost season already for the young Sabres squad that has a ton of potential in the years to come. Ryan Miller has actually played well given the terrible situation he’s in. No doubt that the trade talks surrounding Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller will happen at some point this season.
Nothing is going right for Buffalo. Five games into the season and they have yet to register a win. They had a tough first three games against the Penguins, Senators and Red Wings but after back-to-back home losses to two beatable opponents in Tampa Bay and Columbus, the Sabres appear to be in trouble. They have two of the league’s worst +/- players in Mike Weber and overpaid defenseman Tyler Myers. If things don’t change quickly, it’s shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in Sabres franchise history.
10-7-13: Generating offense has been a sore spot for the Buffalo Sabres this season. They have only registered two goals in their three losses. You can’t win many hockey games playing like that. Granted, it’s a rebuilding year for Buffalo and Sabres fans ought to get used to seeing their team at the bottom of the standings. It’s going to be a long year in western New York.
8-22-13: The Buffalo Sabres are in a rebuilding mode and there is much uncertainty surrounding the team this upcoming season. The Sabres are the youngest team in the NHL and one major question is how will head coach Ron Rolston fair in his first full season behind an NHL bench? Sabres fans will get their first in person look at their beloved blue and gold at the home opener on Oct. 4 against the Ottawa Senators. Former bench boss Lindy Ruff makes his return to the First Niagara Center on Oct. 28 as the Sabres play host to the Dallas Stars.
7-25-13: The Sabres have signed goaltender Matt Hackett to a one-year deal.
Sabres 2013 NHL Draft Summary
Pick #8: Rasmus Ristolainen, D
Pick #16: Nikita Zadorov, D
Pick #35: J.T. Compher, LW
Pick #38: Connor Hurley, C
Pick #52: Justin Bailey, RW
Pick #69: Nicholas Baptiste, RW
Pick #129: Calvin Petersen, G
Pick #130: Gustav Possler, RW
Pick #143: Anthony Florentino, D
Pick #159: Sean Malone, C
Pick #189: Eric Locke, C