Buffalo Sabres is an ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. It was founded 1970, when the National Hockey League (NHL) expanded to 14 teams. Buffalo Sabres is a member of Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.
Buffalo Sabres joined the NHL in the 1970-71 season, along with Vancouver Canucks. As a typical way of the new team, the Sabres did not qualified to the playoffs first seasons. The Sabres made the playoffs for the first time in season 1972-73. Season 1974-75 Buffalo reached to the Stanley Cup Finals, but Philadelphia Flyers won series 4-2 and took the Stanley Cup. After that season Buffalo Sabres was solid playoff team long time, but never won the Stanley Cup. Entering season 1998-99, the team finally returned to the Stanley Cup Finals, but after Brett Hull’s triple-overtime goal in Game 6, Buffalo loses to the Dallas Stars 4-2. Last years the Sabres have bad reputation to be the worst team in NHL. The Sabres have the longest active playoff drought in the NHL, at 8 seasons.
Buffalo Sabres’ Owners and Staff
Currently, the General Manager of Buffalo Sabres is Jason Botterill. The current head coach Ralph Krueger was appointed to his position in 2019. The team is owned by Terrence Pegula. Buffalo Sabres has two minor league affiliates, those being Rochester Americans in AHL league and Cincinnati Cyclones in ECHL league.
Rick Martin – Gilbert Perreault – Rene Robert – “the French Connection”
“The French Connection” was the nickname of a forward line that played from 1972 until 1979 for Buffalo Sabres. Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin were French-Canadians from Quebec so the name referred that and also 1971 movie the French Connection. During the seven full seasons the trio were together the Sabres entered six time to the NHL playoffs, Perreault was team’s leading scorer 5 times and Robert and Martin once. “The French Connection” were important part of hockey history and Gilbert Perreault played staggering 17 seasons as a Sabre, Rick Martin 10 seasons and Rene Robert 8 seasons. Perreault lead team at number of played games (1191) and points (1326).
Dave Andreychuk – 23 seasons veteran
Dave Andreychuk is one of the highest scoring left wingers in NHL history. He played 23 seasons and represented 6 different teams. Andreychuk was drafted by Buffalo Sabres in 1982 draft. He played 12 seasons with Sabres (1982-93 and 2000-01). Andreychuk played 1639 games in NHL (all time 7.) and he still holds record for most NHL career power-play goals (274).
Jack Eichel – current captain
As we wrote before, the Sabres have 8 season long playoff drought and team was named generally one of the worst at NHL. Jack Eichel is one rare diamond at the team – he was drafted 2015 2nd overall after current superstar Connor McDavid. Eichel has played five solid seasons at the Sabres and he is current captain of the team.
Other famous names
Dominik Hasek was one of the greatest goalies all the time – he played 9 seasons with the Sabres (1992 – 2001). Miroslav Satan played 8 seasons with the Sabres (1996-2004) and he leads scoring of the team 6 time during that period.