Top 5: Players You Forgot Were Buffalo Sabres

Since their inception in 1970, the Buffalo Sabres organization has seen many changes. They have gone through 19 head coaches, eight general managers, and eight owners, and with that many different schools of thinking, there were bound to be some random players that suited up for the Sabres over the years.

Number 5- Raffi Torres

The well-traveled journeyman enforcer had stints with seven different teams during his 12-year career. On March 3, 2010 The Columbus Blue Jackets traded Torres to the Buffalo Sabres, but Torres didn’t gel well in Buffalo. He played in 14 regular season games, notching five assists, and four of the six Sabres playoff games recording two assists. After a less-than-stellar playoff showing against the Bruins, he left the Sabres in free agency, signing a one-year deal with the Canucks in the off-season.

Number 4- Dainius Zubrus

Drafted by the Flyers 15th overall in 1996, Zubrus opened his career with stints in Philadelphia and Montreal before finding a niche with the Capitals. After seven seasons with Washington, who were at the bottom of the East, he was traded to Buffalo before the 2007 trade deadline. Zubrus played 34 games as a Sabre split between the regular and post season where he recorded four goals and 12 points. He chose not to re-sign with the Sabres in the offseason, instead choosing a six-year $20.4 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Number 3- Dave Schultz

“The Hammer” is best known as an enforcer for the Philadelphia Flyers during the 1970’s. After his run with the Flyers came to an end after the 1976 season, Schultz drifted around the league, serving as muscle for clubs who needed it. After four years split between LA and Pittsburgh he was traded to the Sabres on February 6, 1979. He played 28 regular season games for Buffalo to finish out the 1978-79 season and 13 games in 1979-80, but mainly saw time in the AHL before retiring in the summer of 1980.

Number 2- David Legwand

The first ever Nashville Predators draft pick in the franchise’s history spent 15 years with the Predators. On March 5, 2014 Legwand was traded to the Detroit Red Wings, where he finished out the 2013-14 season. He signed a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators in 2014. Legwand’s play declined and was traded to the Buffalo Sabres on June 26, 2015. He played 79 games for the Sabres before retiring in the summer of 2016.

Number 1- Rob Niedermayer

Best known for his eight-year early career stint in Florida, and later teaming up with his brother Scott in Anaheim, after a 16-year career, Niedermayer signed with the Sabres in the summer of 2010. He played 71 games with the Sabres in 2010-11, scoring five goals and 19 points. After 1,153 games in the NHL he retired in the summer of 2011.

Honorable mention-

Robyn Regehr

Regehr spent 11 seasons with the Calgary Flames but, due to cap issues, He was traded to the Sabres in the summer of 2011. Regehr played the full 2011-12 season in Buffalo and started the 2012-13 season with the Sabres before being dealt to the LA Kings in April of 2013.

 

By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)

photo credit: sports.yahoo.com

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