15 Facts About Buffalo Sabres

1. The Buffalo Sabres previously owned an AHL affiliate in Cincinnati with the Cincinnati Swords in the 1970s.

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2. On November 27, 2018, the Buffalo Sabres became the first team in NHL history to lead the league in points after the first 25 games of the season, after finishing last in the league the previous season.

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3. On March 30, the Buffalo Sabres traded Jordan Leopold to the St Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft.

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4. The Buffalo Sabres began the season relatively strong but collapsed after a Boston Bruins game in which Bruins forward Milan Lucic hit and injured goaltender Ryan Miller; the subsequent months saw the Sabres collapse to last place in the Eastern Conference.

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5. On October 8, the Buffalo Sabres named defenseman Craig Rivet team captain, the first single full-time captain since Stu Barness term from 2001 to 2003.

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6. The Buffalo Sabres extended the contracts of three players: Paul Gaustad, Ryan Miller (five years) and Jason Pominville (five years).

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7. The Buffalo Sabres entered the 2008 free agency period quietly, but on July 1, signed goaltender Patrick Lalime to a two-year contract.

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8. The Buffalo Sabres were cited for their player accessibility, low ticket prices and exciting brand of hockey.

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9. The Buffalo Sabres won the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in franchise history, giving them the home ice advantage for their entire run in the 2007 playoffs.

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10. On September 16, 2006, the Buffalo Sabres unveiled new home and away jerseys featuring midnight blue, maize, silver and white colors.

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11. The Buffalo Sabres advanced to play Carolina in their first Eastern Conference Final since 1999.

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12. On January 19, 2005, the Buffalo Sabres lost their main cable television broadcaster, as the Empire Sports Network ceased operations in a cost-cutting move during the Adelphia scandal and reorganization.

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13. The Buffalo Sabres traded Turgeon to the New York Islanders in 1991 as part of a blockbuster seven-player trade that brought Pat LaFontaine to Buffalo.

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14. At the time of their creation, the Buffalo Sabres exercised their option to create their own AHL farm team, the Cincinnati Swords.

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15. The Buffalo Sabres are owned by Terry Pegula, who purchased the club in 2011.

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