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|2006–07 Buffalo Sabres · NHL|
|Presidents' Trophy Winners|
|Northeast Division Champions|
|General Manager||Darcy Regier|
|Captain|| Danny Briere and |
|Alternate captains||Teppo Numminen|
|Goals||Thomas Vanek (43)|
|Assists||Danny Briere (63)|
|Points||Danny Briere (95)|
|Penalties in minutes||Adam Mair (128)|
|Wins||Ryan Miller (40)|
|Goals against average||Ryan Miller (2.73)|
The 2006–07 Buffalo Sabres season began with the team attempting to rebound from a disappointing end to the 2005–06 season, in which the Sabres advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes.
With the best regular-season record in the NHL, the Sabres were awarded the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in their history, and they also earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They defeated the New York Islanders and New York Rangers in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In the Eastern Conference Finals, however, the Sabres' season came to an end when they were defeated in five games by the Ottawa Senators.
The team lost several veterans to free agency, including J.P. Dumont, Jay McKee and Mike Grier. Conversely, the team signed only one new player to the roster: defenseman Jaroslav Spacek. The team planned to rely on young players from their own organization -- Jiri Novotny, Paul Gaustad and Nathan Paetsch, to name a few—to fill the holes left by the departing players.
Controversy swirled around the team's logo and jersey, meanwhile, as the look was changed. The team's colors were reverted back to blue and gold, which they had worn from their addition to the league as an expansion team until 1996–97, when the colors were changed to black and red. The new logo, though, was said to resemble to many a slug or a wig. There were strong efforts to prevent the team from wearing this new jersey, although none were successful. The team's new third jersey, meanwhile, featured the team's original logo. Despite the controversy, however, the NHL reported that sales of Sabres merchandise were up approximately 1170% from the 2005–2006 season.
The Sabres were very successful early in the season, tying an NHL record by winning their first ten games, before finally suffering a shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. They did not lose a game in regulation until exactly one month into the season, in their thirteenth game, when they lost to Toronto. The Sabres also set an NHL record by winning their first ten road games of the season, not losing outside of HSBC Arena until November 18 in Ottawa.
On January 9, it was announced that three members of the Sabres had been voted to start the All-Star Game for the Eastern Conference: forward Danny Briere, defenseman Brian Campbell, and goaltender Ryan Miller. It was the first All-Star appearance for each. In addition, as the Sabres had the best record in the Eastern Conference as of the end of All-Star voting, head coach Lindy Ruff was assigned to coach the Eastern Conference team. Briere recorded a goal and four assists in the game, and was named Most Valuable Player of the game. Thomas Vanek was also invited to All-Star Weekend to play in the YoungStars game.
On January 13, Jason Pominville recorded his 20th goal of the season, becoming the fourth Sabre (after Chris Drury, Thomas Vanek and Maxim Afinogenov) to record 20 goals before the All-Star break. At the time of Pominville's 20th goal, no other team in the NHL had more than two players with 20 goals. Danny Briere became the fifth Sabre to record 20 goals as he scored a hat trick on January 30 against the Boston Bruins. With the feat, the Sabres became the first team since the 1995–96 Pittsburgh Penguins to have five 20–goal scorers before February. Four Sabres would go on to reach the 30-goal plateau. For the first time in 12 years, Buffalo was not shut out in any of their 82 regular-season games. Moreover, the Sabres led the NHL in goals scored and became the first team to score at least 200 even-strength goals during the regular season since the 2000-01 New Jersey Devils.
In February, the Sabres found themselves battling injury problems. Forward Tim Connolly had been on the long-term injury list all season, and he was joined by Paul Gaustad when a tendon in his leg was sliced on February 7 against the Ottawa Senators. Jaroslav Spacek broke his left hand soon thereafter, and the Sabres lost Maxim Afinogenov, who broke his left wrist, and Jiri Novotny with a high ankle sprain. Ales Kotalik was next to go down, with a knee sprain, and forward Daniel Paille broke his finger. Against the Ottawa Senators on February 22, captain Chris Drury was injured by a blow to the head by Chris Neil, sparking a wild brawl which saw a fight between Martin Biron and Senators goaltender Ray Emery, and later between Emery and Sabres enforcer Andrew Peters.
The Sabres were the last team to be involved in a trade in the 2006–07 season. On the day of the NHL trade deadline, though, they made four trades. Goaltender Martin Biron, who had been the longest-tenured Sabre, was sent to Philadelphia for Philadelphia's second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Buffalo's fifth-round pick in that draft was sent to Columbus in exchange for another backup goalie, Ty Conklin. Jiri Novotny was sent along with Buffalo's 2007 first-round pick to Washington in exchange for Dainius Zubrus and Timo Helbling. Finally, the Sabres sent their fourth-round pick in 2007 to Nashville for Mikko Lehtonen, a minor league defenseman.
Due to injuries, many Sabres prospects were called up from the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans, and made their NHL debuts during the season; Mike Card, Michael Funk, Patrick Kaleta, Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari, Michael Ryan, Andrej Sekera and Drew Stafford all played their first career NHL game during the 2006–07 season.
|3||9||Toronto Maple Leafs||82||40||31||11||258||269||91|
Note: No. = Division rank, CR = Conference rank, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.
Record for month 10–0–1 (Home 4–0–1 Away 6–0–0)
|1||October 4||Buffalo||3 – 2||Carolina||SO||Miller||18,840||1–0–0||2|
|2||October 6||Montreal||4 – 5||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||2–0–0||4|
|3||October 7||Buffalo||4 – 3||Ottawa||Biron||19,202||3–0–0||6|
|4||October 13||Buffalo||3 – 2||Detroit||SO||Miller||20,066||4–0–0||8|
|5||October 14||NY Rangers||4 – 7||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||5–0–0||10|
|6||October 17||Philadelphia||1 – 9||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||6–0–0||12|
|7||October 20||Carolina||4 – 5||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||7–0–0||14|
|8||October 21||Buffalo||6 – 2||Boston||Biron||14,382||8–0–0||16|
|9||October 23||Buffalo||4 – 1||Montreal||Miller||21,273||9–0–0||18|
|10||October 26||Buffalo||3 – 0||NY Islanders||Miller||8,861||10–0–0||20|
|11||October 28||Atlanta||5 – 4||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||10–0–1||21|
Record for Month 9–3–1 (Home 4–2–1 Away 5–1–0)
|12||November 2||Buffalo||5 – 4||Boston||SO||Miller||12,547||11–0–1||23|
|13||November 4||Toronto||4 – 1||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||11–1–1||23|
|14||November 5||Buffalo||4 – 3||NY Rangers||OT||Biron||18,200||12–1–1||25|
|15||November 10||Florida||4 – 5||Buffalo||OT||Biron||18,690||13–1–1||27|
|16||November 11||Buffalo||5 – 4||Philadelphia||OT||Biron||19,633||14–1–1||29|
|17||November 13||Buffalo||7 – 4||Carolina||Biron||14,387||15–1–1||31|
|18||November 15||Ottawa||4 – 2||Buffalo||Biron||18,690||15–2–1||31|
|19||November 17||Pittsburgh||2 – 4||Buffalo||Biron||18,690||16–2–1||33|
|20||November 18||Buffalo||1 – 4||Ottawa||Miller||19,770||16–3–1||33|
|21||November 20||Tampa Bay||2 – 7||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||17–3–1||35|
|22||November 22||Toronto||4 – 7||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||18–3–1||37|
|23||November 24||Montreal||2 – 1||Buffalo||OT||Miller||18,690||18–3–2||38|
|24||November 26||Buffalo||3 – 2||NY Rangers||OT||Miller||18,200||19–3–2||40|
Record for Month 9–4–1 (Home 5–2–0 Away 4–2–1)
|25||December 1||NY Rangers||3 – 4||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||20–3–2||42|
|26||December 2||Buffalo||4 – 7||Washington||Biron||17,162||20–4–2||42|
|27||December 5||Buffalo||4 – 1||Tampa Bay||Miller||20,025||21–4–2||44|
|28||December 7||Buffalo||1 – 3||Florida||Miller||15,385||21–5–2||44|
|29||December 9||Buffalo||3 – 2||Montreal||SO||Miller||21,273||22–5–2||46|
|30||December 12||Buffalo||3 – 2||New Jersey||Miller||11,156||23–5–2||48|
|31||December 14||Florida||1 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||24–5–2||50|
|32||December 16||Ottawa||3 – 1||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||24–6–2||50|
|33||December 19||Montreal||5 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||24–7–2||50|
|34||December 21||Buffalo||7 – 2||Nashville||Biron||16,616||25–7–2||52|
|35||December 23||Buffalo||2 – 3||St. Louis||OT||Biron||12,513||25–7–3||53|
|36||December 26||Washington||3 – 6||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||26–7–3||55|
|37||December 28||Carolina||1 – 4||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||27–7–3||57|
|38||December 30||Atlanta||1 – 4||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||28–7–3||59|
Record for Month 6–7–1 (Home 4–3–0 Away 2–4–1)
|39||January 1||NY Islanders||1 – 3||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||29–7–3||61|
|40||January 3||Buffalo||3 – 6||Ottawa||Miller||19,777||29–8–3||61|
|41||January 5||Pittsburgh||4 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||29–9–3||61|
|42||January 6||Buffalo||4 – 3||Toronto||Biron||19,487||30–9–3||63|
|43||January 10||Buffalo||2 – 1||Chicago||Miller||14,041||31–9–3||65|
|44||January 11||Toronto||4 – 2||Buffalo||Biron||18,690||31–10–3||65|
|45||January 13||Tampa Bay||3 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||31–11–3||65|
|46||January 15||Buffalo||2 – 3||Boston||SO||Miller||15,585||31–11–4||66|
|47||January 17||Boston||3 – 6||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||32–11–4||68|
|48||January 19||Vancouver||3 – 4||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||33–11–4||70|
|49||January 20||Buffalo||3 – 4||Montreal||Biron||21,273||33–12–4||70|
|50||January 26||Buffalo||2 – 3||Columbus||Miller||18,136||33–13–4||70|
|51||January 27||Buffalo||3 – 5||NY Islanders||Miller||15,218||33–14–4||70|
|52||January 30||Boston||1 – 7||Buffalo||Biron||18,690||34–14–4||72|
Record for Month 8–2–1 (Home 5–0–1 Away 3–2–0)
|53||February 1||Buffalo||3 – 1||Boston||Biron||13,853||35–14–4||74|
|54||February 3||Buffalo||2 – 3||New Jersey||Miller||18,589||35–15–4||74|
|55||February 6||Buffalo||4 – 3||Atlanta||SO||Miller||17,881||36–15–4||76|
|56||February 7||Ottawa||2 – 3||Buffalo||Biron||18,690||37–15–4||78|
|57||February 10||Calgary||2 – 3||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||38–15–4||80|
|58||February 15||Edmonton||1 – 2||Buffalo||OT||Miller||18,690||39–15–4||82|
|59||February 17||Boston||4 – 3||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||39–15–5||83|
|60||February 20||Philadelphia||3 – 6||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||40–15–5||85|
|61||February 22||Ottawa||5 – 6||Buffalo||SO||Miller||18,690||41–15–5||87|
|62||February 24||Buffalo||5 – 6||Ottawa||Miller||20,040||41–16–5||87|
|63||February 27||Buffalo||6 – 1||Toronto||Miller||19,588||42–16–5||89|
Record for Month 8–5–2 (Home 5–3–0 Away 3–2–2)
|64||March 2||Montreal||5 – 8||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||43–16–5||91|
|65||March 3||Buffalo||3 – 1||Toronto||Miller||19,515||44–16–5||93|
|66||March 7||Colorado||3 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||44–17–5||93|
|67||March 9||Minnesota||5 – 1||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||44–18–5||93|
|68||March 10||New Jersey||3 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||44–19–5||93|
|69||March 13||Buffalo||4 – 5||Pittsburgh||SO||Miller||17,132||44–19–6||94|
|70||March 15||Buffalo||5 – 3||Florida||Conklin||18,111||45–19–6||96|
|71||March 16||Buffalo||3 – 2||Tampa Bay||Miller||21,264||46–19–6||98|
|72||March 18||Buffalo||3 – 4||Atlanta||OT||Miller||18,602||46–19–7||99|
|73||March 21||Washington||2 – 5||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||47–19–7||101|
|74||March 23||Toronto||4 – 5||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||48–19–7||103|
|75||March 24||Buffalo||1 – 4||Toronto||Miller||19,571||48–20–7||103|
|76||March 28||New Jersey||3 – 4||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||49–20–7||105|
|77||March 30||NY Islanders||4 – 6||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||50–20–7||107|
|78||March 31||Buffalo||3 – 4||Montreal||Conklin||21,273||50–21–7||107|
Record for Month 4–1–0 (Home 1–0–0 Away 3–1–0)
|79||April 3||Buffalo||4 – 1||Pittsburgh||Miller||17,132||51–21–7||109|
|80||April 5||Boston||2 – 4||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||52–21–7||111|
|81||April 7||Buffalo||2 – 0||Washington||Miller||18,277||53–21–7||113|
|82||April 8||Buffalo||3 – 4||Philadelphia||Conklin||19,027||53–22–7||113|
- Green background indicates win.
- Red background indicates regulation loss.
- White background indicates overtime/shootout loss.
The Sabres earned the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference by virtue of finishing with the highest point total in the conference.
Eastern Conference Quarter-finals: vs. (8) New York IslandersEdit
The Sabres faced the New York Islanders in the first round of the playoffs.
|1||April 12||NY Islanders||1 – 4||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||Sabres lead 1–0|
|2||April 14||NY Islanders||3 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||Series tied 1–1|
|3||April 16||Buffalo||3 – 2||NY Islanders||Miller||16,234||Sabres lead 2–1|
|4||April 18||Buffalo||4 – 2||NY Islanders||Miller||16,234||Sabres lead 3–1|
|5||April 20||NY Islanders||3 – 4||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||Sabres win 4–1|
Eastern Conference Semi-finals: vs. (6) New York RangersEdit
The Sabres faced the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs. The Rangers advanced by sweeping the Atlanta Thrashers, the number three seed, in the first round.
|1||April 25||NY Rangers||2 – 5||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||Sabres lead 1–0|
|2||April 27||NY Rangers||2 – 3||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||Sabres lead 2–0|
|3||April 29||Buffalo||1 – 2||NY Rangers||2OT||Miller||18,200||Sabres lead 2–1|
|4||May 1||Buffalo||1 – 2||NY Rangers||Miller||18,200||Series tied 2–2|
|5||May 4||NY Rangers||1 – 2||Buffalo||OT||Miller||18,690||Sabres lead 3–2|
|6||May 6||Buffalo||5 – 4||NY Rangers||Miller||18,200||Sabres win 4–2|
Eastern Conference Finals: vs. (4) Ottawa SenatorsEdit
The Sabres faced their division rivals, the Ottawa Senators, in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Senators advanced by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round and the New Jersey Devils in the second. The Sabres lost the series, 4 games to 1.
|1||May 10||Ottawa||5 – 2||Buffalo||Miller||18,690||Senators lead 1–0|
|2||May 12||Ottawa||4 – 3||Buffalo||2OT||Miller||18,690||Senators lead 2–0|
|3||May 14||Buffalo||0 – 1||Ottawa||Miller||20,171||Senators lead 3–0|
|4||May 16||Buffalo||3 – 2||Ottawa||Miller||20,294||Senators lead 3–1|
|5||May 19||Ottawa||3 – 2||Buffalo||OT||Miller||18,690||Senators win 4–1|
Player stats Edit
Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes
*Stats reflect games played with Buffalo only.
- Note: Goaltenders are not assessed plus/minus ratings.
Thomas Vanek finished the season with the best plus/minus rating in the entire NHL with a +47.
Note: GP = Games played; TOI = Time on ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = OvertimelLosses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average
*Stats reflect games played with Buffalo only.
- Lindy Ruff - Head Coach
- Brian McCutcheon - Associate Head Coach
- James Patrick - Assistant Coach
- Jim Corsi - Goaltender Coach
- Doug McKenney - Strength and Conditioning Coach
|July 10, 2006||To Edmonton Oilers|
|To Buffalo Sabres|
Seventh-round pick in 2007
|July 14, 2006||To Vancouver Canucks|
|To Buffalo Sabres|
Fourth-round pick in 2007
|February 27, 2007|| To Philadelphia Flyers |
| To Buffalo Sabres |
Second-round pick in 2007
|February 27, 2007|| To Columbus Blue Jackets |
Fifth-round pick in 2007
| To Buffalo Sabres |
|February 27, 2007|| To Washington Capitals |
First-round pick in 2007
| To Buffalo Sabres |
|February 27, 2007|| To Nashville Predators |
Fourth-round pick in 2007
| To Buffalo Sabres |
Free Agents AcquiredEdit
|D Jaroslav Spacek||Edmonton Oilers|
Free agents lostEdit
|D Jay McKee||St. Louis Blues|
|F Mike Grier||San Jose Sharks|
|D Doug Janik||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|G Michael Leighton||Anaheim Ducks|
|D Rory Fitzpatrick||Vancouver Canucks|
|F J.P. Dumont||Nashville Predators|
Lost to waiversEdit
|F Chris Thorburn||Pittsburgh Penguins||October 3|
|2006–07 Buffalo Sabres Roster|
9 Roy • 12 Kotalik • 13 Novotny • 15 Zubrus • 19 Connolly • 20 Paille • 21 Stafford • 22 Mair • 23 Drury • 25 Mancari • 26 Vanek • 28 Gaustad • 29 Pominville • 36 Kaleta • 37 Ryan • 41 MacArthur • 48 Briere • 55 Hecht • 61 Afinogenov • 76 Peters
|Round||#||Player||Nationality||NHL Team||College/Junior/Club Team (League)|
|1||24||Dennis Persson (D)||Sweden||Buffalo Sabres||VIK Västerås HK (Allsvenskan)|
|2||46||Jhonas Enroth (G)||Sweden||Buffalo Sabres (from Vancouver)||Södertälje SK (Elitserien)|
|2||57||Mike Weber (D)||United States||Buffalo Sabres||Windsor (OHL)|
|4||117||Felix Schutz (C)||Germany||Buffalo Sabres||Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)|
|5||147||Alex Biega (D)||Canada||Buffalo Sabres||Salisbury (USHS-CN)|
|7||207||Benjamin Breault (C)||Canada||Buffalo Sabres||Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)|
- ↑ "SABRES TOP NHL.COM MERCHANDISE SALES", Hockeybuzz.com, 2006-11-07. Retrieved on 2007-01-02.
- ↑ "Thrashers put an end to Sabres' bid for NHL record start", espn.com, 2006-10-28. Retrieved on 2007-03-04.
- ↑ "Sundin, Maple Leafs hand Sabres first loss in regulation", espn.com, 2006-11-04. Retrieved on 2007-03-04.
- ↑ "Sabres defeat Canes, bump road record to 10–0", espn.com, 2006-11-13. Retrieved on 2007-03-04.
- ↑ "2006–07 NHL All-Star Rosters", tsn.ca, 2007-01-09. Retrieved on 2007-01-15.
- ↑ "Ruff, Carlyle to coach All-Star teams", tsn.ca, 2007-01-04. Retrieved on 2007-01-15.
- ↑ "Briere shines, but West wins All-Star Game", tsn.ca, 2007-01-25. Retrieved on 2007-01-25.
- ↑ "NHL's bright future is on display", nhl.com, 2007-01-13. Retrieved on 2007-01-15.
- ↑ "Richards nets tiebreaker in Lightning win over Sabres", espn.com, 2007-01-13. Retrieved on 2007-01-15.
- ↑ "Drury leads the Sabres over Bruins", tsn.ca, 2007-02-01. Retrieved on 2007-02-02.
- ↑ "Sabres outlast Sens in hard-fought battle", tsn.ca, 2007-02-23. Retrieved on 2007-02-28.
- ↑ "Sabres beef up with Zubrus", nhl.com, 2007-02-27. Retrieved on 2007-02-27.
- ↑ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). in Dave McCarthy et al: THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League, 157. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0.
- ↑ 2006 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com - accessed December 9, 2006
|2006-07 NHL season by team|
|Atlantic||New Jersey • NY Islanders • NY Rangers • Philadelphia • Pittsburgh|
|Northeast||Boston • Buffalo • Montreal • Ottawa • Toronto|
|Southeast||Atlanta • Carolina • Florida • Tampa Bay • Washington|
|Central||Chicago • Columbus • Detroit • Nashville • St. Louis|
|Northwest||Calgary • Colorado • Edmonton • Minnesota • Vancouver|
|Pacific||Anaheim • Dallas • Los Angeles • Phoenix • San Jose|
|See also||2006 NHL Entry Draft • All-Star Game • Stanley Cup Playoffs • Finals • Transactions|
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