|2013–14 Buffalo Sabres · NHL|
|General Manager|| Darcy Regier|
(to Nov 13)
(from Jan 9)
|Coach|| Ron Rolston|
(to Nov 13)
(interim, from Nov 13)
|Captain|| Home Games: Thomas Vanek|
(to Oct 27)
Away Games: Steve Ott
(to Oct 27)
All Games: Steve Ott
(Oct 27–Feb 28)
|Alternate captains|| Christian Ehrhoff|
Drew Stafford (Mar–Apr)
|Arena||First Niagara Center|
|Average attendance|| 18,543 (95.8%)|
|Goals||Tyler Ennis (21)|
|Assists||Christian Ehrhoff (27)|
|Points||Cody Hodgson (43)|
|Penalties in minutes||John Scott (96)|
|Wins||Ryan Miller (15)|
|Goals against average||Michal Neuvirth (2.56)|
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The 2013–14 Buffalo Sabres season was the 44th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970. The Sabres moved to the revamped Atlantic Division, which included the previous season's Northeast Division with the addition of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Detroit Red Wings. Ron Rolston, who started the season as head coach, was fired after 20 games and replaced by Ted Nolan, who had previously coached the team from 1995 to 1997.
Ron Rolston was made the permanent head coach when Darcy Regier removed the interim tag from his title. Regier did not interview any other candidates for the position. Rolston replaced Lindy Ruff who was fired the season before after serving as head coach for nearly 16 seasons.
Training camp Edit
The Sabres' training camp saw the arrival of many highly touted prospects into the Sabres' lineup. Newly acquired first round picks Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov both made the opening day roster along with 2012 first round picks Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons and 2011 first round pick Joel Armia. Armia and Zadorov were both injured in the preseason and would not play right away.
The preseason saw the Sabres involved in a controversial game. In a road game at Toronto a fight between Corey Tropp and Toronto winger Jamie Devane ended with Tropp injured. On the ensuing faceoff Sabres' enforcer John Scott lined up opposite to Phil Kessel and attempted to engage him in a fight. A line brawl followed in which 209 minutes in penalties were handed out including, 11 fighting majors and 14 10-minute misconduct penalties. During the fight Leaf David Clarkson would leave the bench to fight. Clarkson would later be suspended by the NHL for 10 regular season games. Phil Kessel received a 3 preseason game ban for slashing Scott with the intent to injure. Sabres Coach Ron Rolston was fined an undisclosed amount for "player selection." The fine was controversial due to the fact that Scott was on the ice the previous shift and the Leafs, being the home team, had last change. Corey Tropp suffered a broken jaw and concussion in the fight.
The day before the start of the regular season Rolston named the new team captain. With the trade of team captain Jason Pominville the year before, the captaincy had remained vacant. Rolston used a rotating captaincy in the preseason. Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek were named co-captains for the 2013–14 season. Ott will wear the "C" for all road games and Vanek will wear it at home. Christian Ehrhoff will wear an "A" during all games.
Regular Season Edit
Opening the season with a lineup that featured Zemgus Girgensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, the 2013–14 Sabres were the first team since the 1995–96 NHL season to include four teenagers.
On November 13, 2013, general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston were relived of their duties. Former Sabre Pat LaFontaine was hired as President of Hockey Operations (a position that had been left vacant since the departure of Larry Quinn in 2011) and Ted Nolan was hired as the interim head coach. After hiring Ottawa Senators Assistant GM Tim Murray to the vacant General Manager position on January 9th, Pat LaFontaine resigned as President of Hockey Operations on March 1, 2014 to return to his previous position with the NHL.
The Sabres made numerous trades leading up to and right before the March 5th trading deadline. On February 28th they traded away veterans Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. Then on trade deadline day, March 5th, they made three separate trades with the Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals, and Los Angeles Kings.
|1||p – Boston Bruins||82||54||19||9||51||261||177||117|
|2||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||46||27||9||38||240||215||101|
|4||Detroit Red Wings||82||39||28||15||34||222||230||93|
|6||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||38||36||8||29||231||256||84|
|1||p – Boston Bruins||82||54||19||9||51||261||177||117|
|2||Tampa Bay Lightning||82||46||27||9||38||240||215||101|
|1||y – Pittsburgh Penguins||82||51||24||7||44||249||207||109|
|2||New York Rangers||82||45||31||6||41||218||193||96|
|R||(Top 2 qualify for playoffs)||Div||GP||W||L||OTL||ROW||GF||GA||Pts|
|1||Columbus Blue Jackets||ME||82||43||32||7||38||231||216||93|
|2||Detroit Red Wings||AT||82||39||28||15||34||222||230||93|
|4||New Jersey Devils||ME||82||35||29||18||35||197||208||88|
|6||Toronto Maple Leafs||AT||82||38||36||8||29||231||256||84|
|8||New York Islanders||ME||82||34||37||11||25||225||267||79|
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, ME – Metropolitan
bold – Clinched Playoff spot, y – Clinched Division, p – Won Presidents' Trophy (best record in NHL)
Schedule and resultsEdit
|2013 Pre-Season Game Log: 4–2–1 (Home: 2–0–1 ; Road: 2–2–0)|
| 2013–14 Game Log|
Overall: 21–51–10 (Home: 13–21–7; Road: 8–30–3)
Legend: Win (2 points) Loss (0 points) Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)
Player stats Edit
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Sabres. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
‡Denotes player was traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.
The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2013–14 season:
Free agents acquired Edit
Free agents lost Edit
Claimed via waivers Edit
Lost via waivers Edit
Lost via retirement Edit
Players released Edit
Player signings Edit
- See also: List of Buffalo Sabres draft picks
|Round||#||Player||Pos||Nationality||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||8||Rasmus Ristolainen||Defence||Finland||TPS (SM-liiga)|
|1||16[a]||Nikita Zadorov||Defence||Russia||CSKA Moscow (KHL)|
|2||35[b]||JT Compher||Center||United States||USA Development Program|
|2||38||Connor Hurley||Center||United States||Edina High School (MN High School)|
|2||52[c]||Justin Bailey||Right Wing||United States||Kitchener Rangers (OHL)|
|3||69||Nicholas Baptiste||Right Wing||Canada||Sudbury Wolves (OHL)|
|5||129||Calvin Petersen||Goalie||United States||Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)|
|5||130[d]||Gustav Possler||Right Wing||Sweden||MODO J20 (J20 SuperElit)|
|5||143[e]||Anthony Florentino||Defence||United States||South Kent Prep. (USHS)|
|6||159||Sean Malone||Center||United States||Selects U18 – South Kent (HIGH–CT)|
|7||189||Eric Locke||Center||United States||Saginaw Spirit (OHL)|
- Draft notes
- a The Minnesota Wild's first-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of an April 3, 2013 trade that sent Jason Pominville and a 2014 fourth-round pick to the Wild in exchange for Johan Larsson, Matt Hackett and this pick.
- c The St. Louis Blues' second-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of a March 30, 2013 trade that sent Jordan Leopold to the Blues in exchange for a conditional 2013 fifth-round pick and this pick.
- The Buffalo Sabres' fourth-round pick went to the Nashville Predators as the result of a February 27, 2012 trade that sent a 2012 first-round pick (#21–Mark Jankowski) to the Sabres in exchange for Paul Gaustad and this pick.
- d The New Jersey Devils' fifth-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres (via Los Angeles and Florida), Florida traded this pick to Buffalo as a result of a March 15, 2013 trade that sent T. J. Brennan to the Panthers in exchange for this pick.
- e The St. Louis Blues' fifth-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of a March 30, 2013 trade that sent Jordan Leopold to the Blues in exchange for a 2013 second-round pick and this pick.
- ↑ MYERS MISSES PRACTICE, EXPECTED TO PLAY TUESDAY
- ↑ 2013–2014 NHL Attendance – National Hockey League – ESPN. ESPN.
- ↑ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books, 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4.
- ↑ Dan Rosen (June 26, 2013). Realignment plan approved by Board of Governors. NHL.com.
- ↑ "Ron Rolston introduced as Sabres’ permanent coach", May 7, 2013. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ FOLIGNO LIKELY TO MISS OPENER. Sabres.com. NHL.com. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ Stubits, Brian. David Clarkson won't waste people's time; decides against appeal. CBS. CBS. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ Stubits, Brian. Phil Kessel suspended for remainder of preseason for slashing in brawl. CBS. CBS. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ Stubits, Brian. Report: Several coaches 'irate' at Ron Rolston's 'player selection' fine. CBS. CBS. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ Ryndak, Chris. TROPP OUT 5–6 WEEKS WITH BROKEN JAW. Sabres.com. NHL.com. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ OTT AND VANEK TO SHARE CAPTAINCY. Sabres.com. NHL.com. Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
- ↑ @PR_NHL status update. Twitter. Retrieved on October 20, 2013.
- ↑ LaFONTAINE & NOLAN RETURN TO THE SABRES
- ↑ MURRAY BRINGS A NO-NONSENSE APPROACH TO SABRES GM POSITION. Buffalo Sabres (January 9, 2014). Retrieved on March 1, 2014.
- ↑ LaFONTAINE RESIGNS POSITION WITH BUFFALO SABRES - Buffalo Sabres - News. Buffalo Sabres (March 1, 2014).
- ↑ SABRES STAY BUSY ON DEADLINE DAY. Buffalo Sabres (March 5, 2014). Retrieved on March 6, 2014.
- ↑ 2013–2014 Standings by Division. National Hockey League. Retrieved on July 20, 2013.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 18.2 2013–2014 Wild Card Standings. National Hockey League. Retrieved on January 11, 2014.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 2013–2014 Regular Season Stats – Points – Buffalo Sabres – Statistics. Buffalo Sabres. Retrieved on April 14, 2014.
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE McBAIN, PICK FOR SEKERA – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (June 30, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE TALLINDER FROM DEVILS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (July 7, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE MOULSON & 2 PICKS FOR VANEK – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (October 27, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE OMARK FROM OILERS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (December 19, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE HALAK & STEWART FROM ST. LOUIS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (February 28, 2014).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE FASCHING & DESLAURIERS FROM KINGS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (March 5, 2014).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE NEUVIRTH & KLESLA FROM CAPS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (March 5, 2014).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE MITCHELL FROM MINNESOTA – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (March 5, 2014).
- ↑ 28.0 28.1 SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMEN SULZER, BAGNALL – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (July 6, 2013).
- ↑ TARDIF AGREES TO ONE-YEAR DEAL – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (August 5, 2013).
- ↑ Blues Sign Forward Mark Mancari – St Louis Blues – News. St. Louis Blues (July 5, 2013).
- ↑ Jets agree to terms with Adam Pardy – Winnipeg Jets – News Articles. Winnipeg Jets (July 6, 2013).
- ↑ Hurricanes Agree to Terms with Nathan Gerbe – Carolina Hurricanes – News. Carolina Hurricanes (July 6, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES CLAIM D'AGOSTINI OFF WAIVERS
- ↑ KONOPKA CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS BY BUFFALO
- ↑ SABRES CLAIM CORY CONACHER
- ↑ Blue Jackets claim forward Corey Tropp off waivers from Buffalo
- ↑ SABRES TERMINATE OMARK CONTRACT
- ↑ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ELLIS ON TWO-YEAR DEAL – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (July 3, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES SIGN RISTOLAINEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (July 12, 2013).
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 SABRES SIGN FLYNN AND CRAWFORD – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (July 19, 2013).
- ↑ 41.0 41.1 ADAM & HACKETT SIGN ONE-YEAR DEALS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (July 23, 2013).
- ↑ TROPP RE-SIGNS FOR ONE YEAR – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (August 6, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES RE-SIGN CODY HODGSON. sabres.nhl.com. nhl.com. Retrieved on September 26, 2013.
- ↑ SABRES SIGN ZADOROV TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on September 26, 2013.
- ↑ SABRES LOCK UP KEA TO ELC. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on April 2, 2014.
- ↑ SABRES SIGN 2012 DRAFT PICK JAKE McCABE. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on April 2, 2014.
- ↑ SABRES SIGN DESLAURIERS TO 2-YEAR DEAL. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on May 26, 2014.
- ↑ SABRES SIGN ULLMARK TO 3-YEAR, ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on May 28, 2014.
- ↑ BRADY AUSTIN SIGNS ELC WITH SABRES. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on May 30, 2014.
- ↑ SABRES SIGN BAPTISTE TO ENTRY-LEVEL DEAL. sabres.nhl.com. NHl.com. Retrieved on June 2, 2014.
- ↑ NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results. NHL.com. Retrieved on July 1, 2013.
- ↑ 2013 NHL Entry Draft Pending Transactions. Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved on June 15, 2013.
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE LARSSON, HACKETT & DRAFT PICKS FROM WILD – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (April 3, 2013).
- ↑ Yerdon, Joe. Trade: Buffalo acquires McBain and pick from Carolina for Sekera. NBC. NBC. Retrieved on June 30, 2013.
- ↑ 55.0 55.1 SABRES ACQUIRE TWO DRAFT PICKS FROM ST. LOUIS BLUES FOR DEFENSEMAN LEOPOLD – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (March 30, 2013).
- ↑ SABRES ACQUIRE HODGSON, SULZER, FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK AT TRADE DEADLINE – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (February 27, 2012).
- ↑ BRENNAN DEALT TO PANTHERS – Buffalo Sabres – News. Buffalo Sabres (March 15, 2013).
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