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2016–17 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 8th Atlantic
Conference 15th Eastern
2016–17 record 33–37–12
Home record 20–15–6
Road record 13–22–6
Goals for 201
Goals against 237
General Manager Tim Murray
Coach Dan Bylsma
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Josh Gorges
Ryan O'Reilly
Arena KeyBank Center
Team leaders
Goals Evander Kane (28)
Assists Rasmus Ristolainen (39)
Points Jack Eichel (57)
Penalties in minutes Evander Kane (113)
Wins Robin Lehner (23)
Goals against average Anders Nilsson (2.67)

The 2016–17 Buffalo Sabres season was the 47th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] Buffalo missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Off-seasonEdit

The Sabres held their annual development camp during the second weekend of July. After the previous two seasons in which the Sabres held the tournament in the First Niagara Center, this edition was held at HarborCenter.[2]

The Sabres reprised their hosting of a prospect tournament for 2016, after the success of the first event in 2015. The New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins returned for the tournament, which ran September 16–19, partially opposite the 2016 World Cup of Hockey; in contrast to the previous season, the Sabres lost both prospect tournament games and finished in third place.[3] The Sabres contributed three players to the World Cup: Jack Eichel for Team North America, Ryan O'Reilly for Canada, and Rasmus Ristolainen for Finland.

On July 16, 2016, the Sabres hired Tom Ward as an assistant coach. Ward had spent the previous 18 seasons as the head coach for the Minnesota High School boys prep team.[4]

The Sabres also announced that the naming rights to their home arena will change. Due to First Niagara Financial Group, the arena's previous rights holder, being subsumed into KeyBank, the team's arena was renamed KeyBank Center for the 2016–17 season.[5] The arena naming rights have passed through a succession of regional banks, having been known as First Niagara Center, HSBC Arena and Marine Midland Arena, through its 20-year history.

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

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Conference standingsEdit

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2016–17 Game Log[6]

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player stats Edit

As of April 9, 2017

SkatersEdit

Regular season[7]
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Eichel, JackJack Eichel 61 24 33 57 –13 22
O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly 72 20 35 55 –1 10
Reinhart, SamSam Reinhart 79 17 30 47 −11 8
Okposo, KyleKyle Okposo 65 19 26 45 –7 24
Ristolainen, RasmusRasmus Ristolainen 79 6 39 45 −9 58
Kane, EvanderEvander Kane 70 28 15 43 –17 113
Gionta, BrianBrian Gionta 82 15 20 35 –11 22
Moulson, MattMatt Moulson 81 14 18 32 –4 10
Foligno, MarcusMarcus Foligno 80 13 10 23 –1 73
McCabe, JakeJake McCabe 76 3 17 20 –7 26
Franson, CodyCody Franson 68 3 16 19 –5 34
Girgensons, ZemgusZemgus Girgensons 75 7 9 16 −7 18
Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis 51 5 8 13 −10 12
Larsson, JohanJohan Larsson 36 6 5 11 −7 20
Bogosian, ZachZach Bogosian 56 2 9 11 −17 46
Carrier, WilliamWilliam Carrier 41 5 3 8 –1 21
Falk, JustinJustin Falk 52 0 8 8 –3 29
Fedun, TaylorTaylor Fedun 27 0 7 7 3 16
Rodrigues, EvanEvan Rodrigues 30 4 2 6 –7 4
Gorges, JoshJosh Gorges 66 1 5 6 –3 50
Kulikov, DmitryDmitry Kulikov 47 2 3 5 −26 26
Baptiste, NicholasNicholas Baptiste 14 3 1 4 1 6
Bailey, JustinJustin Bailey 32 2 2 4 0 4
Grant, DerekDerek Grant

|| 40 || 0 || 3 || 3 || −3 || 19

Deslauriers, NicolasNicolas Deslauriers 42 0 2 2 −6 38
Fasching, HudsonHudson Fasching 10 0 1 1 −1 2
Nylander, AlexanderAlexander Nylander 4 0 1 1 –2 0
O'Reilly, CalCal O'Reilly 11 0 1 1 −6 0
Schneider, ColeCole Schneider 4 0 1 1 2 0
Smith, C. J.C. J. Smith 2 0 1 1 –1 0
Austin, BradyBrady Austin 5 0 0 0 0 4
Burgdoerfer, ErikErik Burgdoerfer 2 0 0 0 −1 0
Guhle, BrendanBrendan Guhle 3 0 0 0 1 0
Malone, SeanSean Malone 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nelson, CaseyCasey Nelson 11 0 0 0 −3 4

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season[8]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lehner, RobinRobin Lehner 59 58 3405:28 23 26 8 152 2.68 1,910 .920 2 0 1 6
Nilsson, AndersAnders Nilsson 26 23 1484:15 10 10 4 66 2.67 857 .923 1 0 0 0
Ullmark, LinusLinus Ullmark 1 1 58:44 0 1 0 3 3.05 36 .917 0 0 0 0

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.

RosterEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2016–17 season:

TradesEdit

Date
Details
Ref
June 25, 2016 (2016-06-25) To Florida Panthers
Mark Pysyk
2nd-round pick in 2016
STL's 3rd-round pick in 2016
To Buffalo Sabres
Dmitry Kulikov
VAN's 2nd-round pick in 2016
[9]
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02) To St. Louis Blues
5th-round pick in 2017
To Buffalo Sabres
Anders Nilsson
[10]
February 28, 2017 (2017-02-28) To New York Rangers
Daniel Catenacci
To Buffalo Sabres
Mat Bodie
[11]
Notes

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 Kyle Okposo New York Islanders 7 years, $42 million contract [12]
July 1, 2016 Taylor Fedun Utica Comets 1 year, $600,000 two-way contract [13]
July 1, 2016 Justin Falk Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year, $650,000, two-way contract [13]
July 2, 2016 Derek Grant Stockton Heat 1 year, $650,000, two-way contract [14]
July 21, 2016 Erik Burgdoerfer Hershey Bears 1 year, $575,000 two-way contract [15]
March 30, 2017 C. J. Smith UMass Lowell 2 years, $1.85 million entry-level contract [16]
May 25, 2017 Victor Antipin Metallurg Magnitogorsk 1 year, $1.775 million entry-level contract [17]

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2016 Chad Johnson Calgary Flames 1 year, $1.7 million [13]
July 1, 2016 Chad Ruhwedel Pittsburgh Penguins 1 year, $575,000 [13]
July 1, 2016 Tim Schaller Boston Bruins 1 year, $600,000 [18]
July 19, 2016 Nathan Lieuwen San Antonio Rampage 1 year, amount undisclosed [19]

Claimed via waiversEdit

Player Previous team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Derek Grant Nashville Predators February 6, 2017 [20]

Lost via waiversEdit

Player New team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Derek Grant Nashville Predators January 11, 2017 [21]

Lost via retirementEdit

Player Ref
Matt Ellis [22]

Players releasedEdit

Date Player Via Ref

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 29, 2016 (2016-06-29) Casey Nelson 2 years, $1.3 million [23]
June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30) Jake McCabe 3 years, $4.8 million [24]
June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30) Cole Schneider 1 year, $600,000 [25]
July 14, 2016 (2016-07-14) Marcus Foligno 1 year, $2.25 million [26][27]
July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15) Alexander Nylander 3 years, entry-level contract [28]
July 16, 2016 (2016-07-16) Dan Catenacci 1 year, $575,000, two-way contract [4]
July 17, 2016 (2016-07-17) Jason Kasdorf 2 years, $1.15 million, two-way contract [29]
September 1, 2016 (2016-09-01) Zemgus Girgensons 1 year, $1.15 million [30]
October 11, 2016 (2016-10-11) Rasmus Ristolainen 6 years, $32.4 million [31]
February 6, 2017 (2017-02-06) Justin Falk 1 year, $650,000 contract extension [32]
April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08) Sean Malone 2 years, $1.85 million entry-level contract [33]
April 26, 2017 (2017-04-26) Devante Stephens 3 years, $2.3 million entry-level contract [34]
May 31, 2017 (2017-05-31) Jonas Johansson 3 years, $2.775 million entry-level contract [35]
June 13, 2017 (2017-06-13) Linus Ullmark 2 years, $1.5 million [36]

Draft picksEdit

See also: List of Buffalo Sabres draft picks

Below are the Buffalo Sabres' selections at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, held on June 24–25, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 8 Alexander Nylander LW Flag of Sweden Sweden Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
2 33[a] Rasmus Asplund C Flag of Sweden Sweden Farjestad BK (SHL)
3 69 Cliff Pu C Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OHL)
3 86[b] Casey Fitzgerald D Flag of the United States United States Boston College Eagles (HE)
4 99 Brett Murray LW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL)
5 129 Philip Nyberg D Flag of Sweden Sweden Linköpings HC (SHL)
5 130[c] Vojtech Budik D Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
6 159 Brandon Hagel LW Flag of Canada.svg Canada Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
7 189 Austin Osmanski D Flag of the United States United States Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
7 190[d] Vasily Glotov C Flag of Russia Russia Lvy St. Petersburg (MHL)
Notes
The Vancouver Canucks' second-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on June 25, 2016 that sent Mark Pysyk, a second-round pick and St. Louis' third-round pick both in 2016 (38th and 89th overall) to Florida in exchange for Dmitry Kulikov and this pick.[37]
Florida previously acquired this pick as the result of a trade on May 25, 2016 that sent Erik Gudbranson and the Islanders fifth-round pick in 2016 to Vancouver in exchange for Jared McCann, a fourth-round pick in 2016 and this pick.[38]
  • The Buffalo Sabres' second-round pick went to the Florida Panthers as the result of a trade on June 25, 2016 that sent Dmitri Kulikov and Vancouver's second-round pick in 2016 (33rd overall) to Buffalo in exchange for Mark Pysyk, St. Louis' third-round pick in 2016 (89th overall) and this pick.[37]
  • [b]
The Dallas Stars' third-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on February 11, 2015 that sent Jhonas Enroth to Dallas in exchange for Anders Lindback and this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[39] The condition – Buffalo will receive a third-round pick in 2016 if Enroth wins fewer than four playoff games for the Stars in 2015 – was converted on April 6, 2015 when the Stars were eliminated from playoff contention.[40]
The Montreal Canadiens' fifth-round pick will go to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Brian Flynn to Montreal in exchange for this pick.[41]
The Montreal Canadiens' seventh-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as the result of a trade on March 2, 2015 that sent Torrey Mitchell to Montreal in exchange for Jack Nevins and this pick.[42]

ReferencesEdit

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  10. SABRES ACQUIRE NILSSON FROM BLUES. Buffalo Sabres (July 2, 2016).
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  22. Matt Ellis announces retirement
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  38. Panthers trade Gudbranson to Canucks for McCann (May 25, 2016). Retrieved on May 25, 2016.
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  40. With fate decided, Sharks fall short against Stars. National Hockey League (April 6, 2015). Retrieved on April 9, 2015.
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  42. Mitchell traded to Canadiens by Sabres (March 2, 2015). Retrieved on March 2, 2015.
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