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It’s Buffalo Sabres day on PHT

Aug 28, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres entered 2013-14 with low expectations, but even with that in mind it was a disappointing campaign. They got off to a 0-6-1 start, never did better than a three-game winning streak, and finished the season with 52 points, which was 14 less than the next worst team.

Buffalo’s offense was a disaster. Only four players recorded at least 10 goals with the Sabres and Cody Hodgson led the team with 44 points. Collectively, they averaged just 1.83 goals per game, which is worse than any team has done since the dawn of the 21st century.

And yet, it’s not all doom-and-gloom in Buffalo. The Sabres made some moves that should help them down the road, starting with the trade of Thomas Vanek to the Islanders in exchange for Matt Moulson, a 2015 first-round pick, and a second round selection. They later dealt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota in exchange for Torrey Mitchell and a pair of second rounders.

Buffalo also sent goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to St. Louis and got, among other things, Chris Stewart, another 2015 first rounder, and goaltender Jaroslav Halak (who they later flipped to Washington in a deal that brought goalie Michal Neuvirth to Buffalo).

Losing the likes of Vanek, Miller, and Ott had to hurt, but they might have walked away as free agents anyways and Buffalo now has three 2015 first round picks to work with.

Over the summer, Buffalo brought back Moulson on a five-year, $25 million contract and also added veterans Brian Gionta, Cody McCormick, and Andrej Meszaros. The hope is that they’ll help guide the Sabres’ young core.

On paper, the Sabres look like a team in for another long season, but at least there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about Buffalo’s future.

  1. ibieiniid - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    let’s start this day off right…

    • letsgolightning - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      Say what you want about their management, but there is no such thing as a fair-weather Sabres fan. Nothing but respect for all those having to deal through so many seasons of that.

      • i1theinternet - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:21 AM

        “[N]o such thing as a fair-weather Sabres fan”? Well, duh, because the weather there is generally pretty lousy.

        I’m not sure what’s worse for Buffalo sports fans: Losing four Super Bowls in a row and then the Stanley Cup Final on a non-goal (90’s), or having the longest current NFL playoff drought and not winning an NHL playoff round since 2007.

        Signed,
        Born in Buffalo
        (and still have a soft spot for it)

  2. mmeyer27 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    While there are fair-weather fans of any team (when it is doing well), the vast majority of Sabres fans (and Buffalo fans in general) just always have hope, and enjoy watching their teams play. The frustration level is pretty high right now, but there is light at the end of the tunnel now. (of course, the NHL is trying it’s hardest to douse that light, but that’s a different issue) Looking forward to seeing how things work out over the next few years for the Sabres.

  3. phtjoey - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    we should also mentioned that they added Gorges who is a solid defensive minded d man. not overly exciting from the perspective of transitioning from d to o, but solid.

    this team’s biggest challenge will be to gel and play as a unit. we should see a huge difference between the sabres in oct and the sabres 40 games into the season.

  4. tjvalley - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Try being an islander fan for the last 20 years.

  5. abouv1 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Rebuilding now, power house in no more than 5 years

  6. flyerguy73 - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Buffalo will never be a “powerhouse” ever. They will suck for many years to come. Just like the city, and football team. Both going nowhere fast! Loserville USA.

    • buddysguys - Aug 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      hey i think i hear your mom yelling that the breakfast cheese steaks are done, head on up from the cellar they keep you in…or does she just toss the food down to the troll?????

      • ibieiniid - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        I think you just determined what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow. breakfast cheese steak? that sounds amazing.

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      They will kick Philly’s ass on a regular basis in 3 years or less. Plus my bet is still on – Buffalo will win a Cup before the Cryers (oops) – that’s what losers like you will be doing when you experience season after season of frustration.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

        I don’t agree at all with what my (dumb) fellow Flyers fan said, but a Sabres fan cannot make fun of us for “season after season of frustration”. You have no ground to stand on.

    • cantescapekarma - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Seriously everyone, don’t even bother replying to flyerguy. Literally every single time there is an article posted about Buffalo, flyerguy makes basically the same stupid comments (every time). The guy can’t even be original. He’s not worth anyone’s time (wait, why am I even posting this comment…? LoL)

  7. blomfeld - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    HAPPY SABRES DAY !!!

    “TATANKA” …

    Often here at PHT I tend to tease my fellow hockey fans and their teams in the spirit of ‘good’ times (Ovechkin, Luongo, Babcock, Crosby, etc). However I would ‘never’ do that with the Buffalo Sabres. In fact I wish these people well and may God speed their enterprise in going forward … today, tomorrow and forever !

    signed, Blomfeld on behalf of LA Kings Nation / Vancouver Chapter :)

  8. cantescapekarma - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for Buffalo Sabres Day since this started. Btw, I love PHT. Best hockey news site I have come across.
    And say what you will about my Sabres, but they definitely have a bright future (looking much brighter than the Buffalo Bills at the moment). Please let Terry Pegula get the Bills too!

  9. ronniethec - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    As a Kings fan who has visited Buffalo and know folks from there, my experience is that Sabres fans are loyal and knowledgable. It wild be good for hockey for teams such as Buffalo that have not had success in years to become very competitive and make the playoffs. I have been a Kings fan since 1971 so I can relate both to years of disappointment and the ultimate hockey high.

  10. djshnooks - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Why is there only 2 articles then? Lol.

    Other teams had an article an hour.

  11. djshnooks - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Just 7 years ago the Sabres were the best team in the NHL, having the best record from opening night til the last day.

    They dominated teams…and that year the Bruins and Blackhawks were two of the worst teams in hockey. It goes in cycles, Buffalo will be back in the hunt very soon.

    Next year they will start competing. It’s all about 2015…3 more first round picks, 2 more seconds, and money to sign whatever free agents they want in ’15.

    Starting October 2015-16, they’ll be ready.

  12. flyerguy73 - Aug 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Girls, girls calm down. I just like to read your stupid responses. Keep liking them idiots, and I will mind my own business. Back down to my moms basement.

  13. paulerhythm - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    I liked what Tim Murray has done for the Sabres. They may not do so well in the upcoming season but, they’ll be making some noise the following season and seasons to come. This team has drafted very well!

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