Not unlike their NFL counterparts, the Buffalo Sabres have developed a reputation as a “loveable loser” in the NHL. This franchise is known for being one of the two longest running teams to never have won the Stanley Cup (Vancouver is the other.) The Sabres’ team stats show plenty of Hall of Famers, and still the franchise has yet to get over the hump.
Bettors can find Buffalo as a typical underdog on the NHL odds. This team has the active longest playoff drought at over 11 seasons, partly because of how badly the front office is at drafting. But all bad things come to an end and Buffalo will have its time to shine… someday.
- 3x Conference Championships
- Presidents’ Trophy
- 6x Division Championships
- 2x Hart Memorial Trophy
- Ted Lindsay Award
- 3x Conn Smythe Trophy
- 2x Frank J. Selke Trophy
- 9x Vezina Trophy
- 3x Calder Memorial Trophy
- 2x Jack Adams Award
- Lady Byng Memorial
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- Alexander Mogilny – Goals:76 (1992-93).
- Gilbert Perreault – Games: 1,191.
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Buffalo Sabres Stats & History
Along with the Canucks, the Sabres joined the NHL as an expansion team prior to the 1970-71 season. Buffalo would be able to start their NHL run on a lucky note, since they won the right to draft Gilbert Perreault, who would go on to become their all-time leading scorer. Perreault would form the famous “French Connection” with Rick Martin and Rene Robert.
Under Perreault’s leadership, the Sabres would be contenders for many years and would peak with their first Stanley Cup Final appearance. Although they lost, Perreault was a staple in Buffalo Sabres stats until his retirement in the mid-80s. It wasn’t until the early 1990s when Buffalo would be a legitimate contender.
The Sabres traded for Dominik Hasek, who would go on to set many goaltending records including six Vezina Trophies and back-to-back Hart Trophy Awards. Even “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky himself called Hasek “the best player in the world”.
Hasek dominated the net, prompting folks to nickname him “The Dominator.” But on the ice, it was the likes of Alexander Mogilny and Pat LaFontaine who made Buffalo a team to watch. While the LaFontaine-Mogilny era would be short-lived, the Sabres would find a way to return to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999. This was when they lost after an infamous goal by Brett Hull.
The Star would score the Cup-clinching goal on Hasek with his foot inside the crease. At the time, players could not score goals this way. This play now lives on bitterly in the minds of Sabres fans as “No Goal”.
Buffalo would once again have a resurgence in the mid-2000s, with young players like Daniel Briere, Thomas Vanek, and Ryan Miller leading the way. Although they could not return to the Stanley Cup Final, the Sabres were a respectable team.
Things have been harder after their departures, since Buffalo has consistently been a losing team. But with plenty of young talent developing, the Sabres could once again be reborn.