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2008–09 Buffalo Sabres · NHL
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 10th Eastern
2008–09 record 41-32-9
Home record 23-15-3
Road record 18-17-6
Goals for 250
Goals against 234
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Craig Rivet
Alternate captains Jochen Hecht
Teppo Numminen
Jason Pominville
Jaroslav Spacek
Arena HSBC Arena
Average attendance Average: 18,533
Capacity: 99.2%
Total: 296,522
Team leaders
Goals Thomas Vanek (40)
Assists Jason Pominville (46)
Points Derek Roy (70)
Penalties in minutes Craig Rivet (125)
Wins Ryan Miller (34)
Goals against average Ryan Miller (2.53)

The 2008–09 Buffalo Sabres season was the 38th season of the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League.

Pre-seasonEdit

In their second preseason game, the Sabres played the Montreal Canadiens in Roberval, Quebec, the 2008 winner of the Kraft Hockeyville contest. In their newly renovated arena, Roberval hosted the preseason game on Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Montreal scored the first three goals, then held off Buffalo for a 3-2 win in at Benoit-Levesque Arena.[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Northeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins * 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
y-Washington Capitals * 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
y-New Jersey Devils * 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
x-Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
x-Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
x-New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
e-New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2008–09 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

The Buffalo Sabres failed to qualify for the 2009 NHL Playoffs.

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Roy, DerekDerek Roy 82 28 42 70 -5 38
Pominville, JasonJason Pominville 82 20 46 66 -4 18
Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek 73 40 24 64 -1 44
Connolly, TimTim Connolly 48 18 29 47 +12 22
Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek 80 8 37 45 +2 38
Stafford, DrewDrew Stafford 79 20 25 45 +3 29
Kotalik, AlesAles Kotalik 56 13 19 32 -7 28
MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur 71 17 14 31 -4 56
Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad 62 12 17 29 +4 108
Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht 70 12 15 27 -9 33
Paille, DanielDaniel Paille 73 12 15 27 0 20
Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet 64 2 22 24 +4 125
Lydman, ToniToni Lydman 80 3 20 23 0 70
Afinogenov, MaximMaxim Afinogenov 48 6 14 20 -7 20
Mair, AdamAdam Mair 75 8 11 19 +4 95
Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera 69 3 16 19 -11 22
Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen 57 2 15 17 -4 22
Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder 66 1 11 12 -2 36
Ellis, MattMatt Ellis 45 7 5 12 +4 12
Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta 51 4 5 9 +1 89
Paetsch, NathanNathan Paetsch 23 2 4 6 +3 25
Butler, ChrisChris Butler 47 2 4 6 +11 18
Moore, DominicDominic Moore 18 1 3 4 -1 23
Mancari, MarkMark Mancari 7 1 1 2 -4 4
Gerbe, NathanNathan Gerbe 10 0 1 1 +3 4
Peters, AndrewAndrew Peters 28 0 1 1 -2 81
Gragnani, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Gragnani 4 0 0 0 +2 2
Kennedy, TimTim Kennedy 1 0 0 0 0 0
Weber, MikeMike Weber 7 0 0 0 -3 19

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 59 3443 34 18 6 145 2.53 1773 1628 .918 5
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 24 1296 5 13 3 67 3.10 669 602 .900 0
Tellqvist, MikaelMikael Tellqvist 6 230 2 1 0 9 2.35 125 116 .928 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Sabres. Stats reflect time with Sabres only.
Traded mid-season. Stats reflect time with Sabres only.

Awards and recordsEdit

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular Season
Player Milestone Date achieved
Jason Pominville 100th NHL assist October 13, 2008
Thomas Vanek 200th NHL point October 15, 2008
Lindy Ruff 400th NHL win October 15, 2008
Patrick Lalime 400th NHL appearance October 27, 2008
Mark Mancari 1st NHL goal November 22, 2008
Nathan Gerbe 1st NHL game December 6, 2008
Nathan Gerbe 1st NHL assist December 13, 2008
Chris Butler 1st NHL game
1st NHL assist
December 19, 2008
Tim Kennedy 1st NHL game December 27, 2008
Derek Roy 100th NHL Goal February 13, 2009
Drew Stafford 100th NHL Point February 13, 2009

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 20, 2008
To Buffalo Sabres
First-round pick (12th overall) pick in 2008 (Tyler Myers)
To Los Angeles Kings
First-round pick (13th overall) pick in 2008 (Colten Teubert)
Third-round pick in 2009
June 21, 2008 To Buffalo Sabres
Third-round (81st overall) pick in 2008 (Corey Fienhage)
Fourth-round (101st overall) pick in 2008 (Justin Jokinen)
To Los Angeles Kings
Third-round (74th overall) pick in 2008 (Andrew Campbell)
July 4, 2008 To Buffalo Sabres
Craig Rivet
Seventh-round pick in 2010
To San Jose Sharks
Second-round pick in 2009
Second-round pick in 2010
July 4, 2008 To Buffalo Sabres
Third-round pick in 2009
Second-round pick in 2010
To Vancouver Canucks
Steve Bernier
March 4, 2009 To Buffalo Sabres
Mikael Tellqvist
To Phoenix Coyotes
Fourth-round pick in 2010
March 4, 2009 To Buffalo Sabres
Dominic Moore
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Second-round pick in 2009
March 4, 2009 To Buffalo Sabres
Second-round pick in 2009
To Edmonton Oilers
Ales Kotalik

Free AgentsEdit

Player Former team Contract Terms
Patrick Lalime Chicago Blackhawks 2 years, $2 million
Mathieu Darche Tampa Bay Lightning 1 Year, $500,000
Player New team
Dmitri Kalinin New York Rangers

Claimed from waiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Matt Ellis Los Angeles Kings October 1

Draft picksEdit

Buffalo's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in OttawaOntario.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Junior Team
112Tyler MyersDFlag of Canada.svg CanadaKelowna Rockets (WHL)
126Tyler EnnisCFlag of Canada.svg CanadaMedicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
244Luke AdamCFlag of Canada.svg CanadaSt. John's Fog Devils (QMJHL)
381Corey FienhageDFlag of the United States United StatesEastview High School (Minnesota)
4101Justin JokinenRWFlag of the United States United StatesColquet High School (Minnesota)
4104Jordan SouthornDFlag of the United States United StatesP.E.I. Rocket (QMJHL)
5134Jacob LagaceLWFlag of Canada.svg CanadaChicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
6164Nick CrawfordDFlag of Canada.svg CanadaSaginaw Spirit (OHL)

RosterEdit

Updated March 6, 2009.[4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
61 Flag of Russia Afinogenov, MaximMaxim Afinogenov

RW L 37 1997 Moscow, U.S.S.R.
34 Flag of the United States Butler, ChrisChris Butler

D L 30 2005 St. Louis, Missouri
19 Flag of the United States Connolly, TimTim Connolly

C R 35 2001 Baldwinsville, New York
37 Flag of Canada.svg Ellis, MattMatt Ellis

LW L 35 2008 Welland, Ontario
28 Flag of the United States Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad

C L 34 2000 Fargo, North Dakota
55 Flag of Germany Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht

 (A)

LW L 39 2002 Mannheim, West Germany
36 Flag of the United States Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta

RW R 30 2004 Angola, New York
40 Flag of Canada.svg Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime

G L 42 2008 Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec
5 Flag of Finland Lydman, ToniToni Lydman

D L 39 2005 Lahti, Finland
41 Flag of Canada.svg MacArthur, ClarkeClarke MacArthur

C L 31 2003 Lloydminster, Alberta
22 Flag of Canada.svg Mair, AdamAdam Mair

C R 37 2002 Hamilton, Ontario
30 Flag of the United States Miller, RyanRyan Miller

G L 36 1999 East Lansing, Michigan
17 Flag of Canada.svg Moore, DominicDominic Moore

C L 36 2009 Thornhill, Ontario
27 Flag of Finland Numminen, TeppoTeppo Numminen

 (A)

D R 48 2005 Tampere, Finland
38 Flag of Canada.svg Paetsch, NathanNathan Paetsch

D L 33 2003 Leroy, Saskatchewan
20 Flag of Canada.svg Paille, DanielDaniel Paille

LW L 32 2002 Welland, Ontario
76 Flag of Canada.svg Peters, AndrewAndrew Peters

LW L 36 1998 St. Catharines, Ontario
29 Flag of the United States Pominville, JasonJason Pominville

 (A)

RW L 34 2001 Repentigny, Quebec
52 Flag of Canada.svg Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet

 (C)

D R 42 2008 North Bay, Ontario
9 Flag of Canada.svg Roy, DerekDerek Roy

C L 33 2001 Ottawa, Ontario
44 Flag of Slovakia Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera

D L 30 2004 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
6 Flag of the Czech Republic Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek

 (A)

D L 42 2006 Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
21 Flag of the United States Stafford, DrewDrew Stafford

RW R 31 2004 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
10 Flag of Sweden Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder

D L 37 1997 Stockholm, Sweden
32 Flag of Sweden Tellqvist, MikaelMikael Tellqvist

G L 37 2009 Sundbyberg, Sweden
26 Flag of Austria Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek

LW R 32 2003 Vienna, Austria

See alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

On June 11, the Buffalo Sabres signed a three-year deal with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, ending a 29-year affiliation with the Rochester Americans.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Montreal defeats Buffalo in Hockeyville, CA
  2. NHL.com - Recap: Sabres @ Thrashers - 04/01/2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-02. Retrieved on 2009-04-02.
  3. NHL.com - Game Boxscore: Sabres @ Capitals - 04/03/2009. Archived from the original on 2009-06-10. Retrieved on 2009-05-09.
  4. Buffalo Sabres - Team - Roster. Retrieved on 2009-03-04.
  5. Associated Press. "Sabres end 29-year affiliation with Rochester, switch to Portland", ESPN, ESPN, 2008-06-11. Retrieved on 2008-06-11. 



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