2010–11 Buffalo Sabres season

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2010–11 Buffalo Sabres
Division 3rd Northeast
Conference 7th Eastern
2010–11 record 43-29-10
Home record 21-16-4
Road record 22-13-6
Goals for 245
Goals against 229
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Craig Rivet (Oct-Feb)
Vacant (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Paul Gaustad
Jochen Hecht
Jason Pominville
Derek Roy
Thomas Vanek (Feb-Apr)
Arena HSBC Arena
Average attendance Average: 18,453
Team leaders
Goals Thomas Vanek (32)
Assists Thomas Vanek (41)
Points Thomas Vanek (73)
Penalties in minutes Cody McCormick (142)
Plus/minus Steve Montador (+16)
Wins Ryan Miller (34)
Goals against average Miller (2.59)
<2009–10 2011–12>

The 2010–11 Buffalo Sabres season was the 41st season (40th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout this was the 40th season of play for the franchise and was celebrated as such by the team.

Off season[edit]

To commemorate the team's 40th anniversary, the Sabres are going retro, reverting to their pre-1996 logo and to the design of the first season uniforms (blue with gold and white trim) with a silver trim the team has been using as a third uniform since the 2008-09 season. The new road uniforms will be white with blue and gold trim, similar to the original 1970-71 uniforms; a new third jersey paying hiomage to the AHL Bisons that played in the city prior to 1970. The jersey will come complete with the team's 40th anniversary logo (the current logo with "1970", the team's first season inside.)

Regular season[edit]

Franchise sale[edit]

On November 30, 2010, Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported a story that billionaire Terrence Pegula had signed a letter of intent to purchase the Sabres from owners Tom Golisano, Larry Quinn and Daniel DiPofi for US$150 million. Pegula was the founder, President and CEO of East Resources, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States before selling the company.[2] After the report was released, Quinn claimed that the report was "untrue" but had refused further comment.[3] The $150 million was later determined to be an undervalued amount as Forbes Magazine had valued the team at just under $170 million in 2010.

In December 2010, Pegula officially expressed interest in buying the Sabres for $170 million and submitted a letter of intent to the NHL.

In January 2011, Golisano reportedly issued a counteroffer with an asking price of US$175 million.[4] An agreement between Pegula and Golisano to sell the team was reached on January 29, 2011 with Pegula buying the team for $189 million ($175 million with $14 million in debt included)[5][6] with the Sabres and Golisano officially making an announcement in a press conference on February 3, 2011.[7] League owners approved the sale on February 18.[8] In the conference, it was revealed that an unnamed bidder submitted a much higher bid than Pegula's, but made the bid contingent upon moving the team.[9] The description is consistent with that of Jim Balsillie, who has made public his efforts to move a team to Hamilton, Ontario, a move that the Sabres have actively opposed. Terry Pegula named former Pittsburgh Penguins executive Ted Black to be the team President.[10] Pegula was introduced as the Sabres' owner in a public ceremony at HSBC Arena on February 23, accompanied by what would be the final appearance of all three members of The French Connection before Rick Martin's death three weeks later.

Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division[11]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Boston Bruins 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
2 Montreal Canadiens 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
3 Buffalo Sabres 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
5 Ottawa Senators 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Washington Capitals SE 82 48 23 11 43 224 197 107
2 y – Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 47 23 12 44 259 223 106
3 y – Boston Bruins NE 82 46 25 11 44 246 195 103
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 49 25 8 39 238 199 106
5 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 46 25 11 40 247 240 103
6 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 44 30 8 41 216 209 96
7 Buffalo Sabres NE 82 43 29 10 38 245 229 96
8 New York Rangers AT 82 44 33 5 35 233 198 93
8.5
9 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 40 31 11 35 236 239 91
10 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 37 34 11 32 218 251 85
11 New Jersey Devils AT 82 38 39 5 35 174 209 81
12 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 34 36 12 29 223 269 80
13 Ottawa Senators NE 82 32 40 10 30 192 250 74
14 New York Islanders AT 82 30 39 13 26 229 264 73
15 Florida Panthers SE 82 30 40 12 26 195 229 72

bold - qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; z – Placed first in conference (and division)
AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division


Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Game log[edit]

2010–11 Game Log
2010-2011 Schedule

Playoffs[edit]

The Sabres qualified for the playoffs and played the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Sabres Flyers series marked the ninth time, and first since 2006, the teams have met in the playoffs, most of any Sabres opponent. The Flyers lead the match up 4 series to 3. This series was the first time a Sabres Flyers series has gone 7 games.

Playoff log[edit]

2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs
  • Scorer of game-winning goal in italics
  • *Denotes if necessary

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

Goaltenders[edit]

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% SO G A PIM
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 66 3829 34 22 8 165 2.59 1964 .916 5 0 2 6
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 14 769 9 2 2 35 2.73 377 .907 1 0 0 0
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 7 365 0 5 0 18 2.96 163 .890 0 0 1 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 7 410 3 4 20 2.93 242 .917 2 0 1 2
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 1 17 0 0 1 3.53 8 .875 0 0 0 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 records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Ryan Miller[12] NHL Second Star of the Week December 6, 2010
Drew Stafford[13] NHL Second Star of the Week February 14, 2011
Andrej Sekera[14] NHL Second Star of the Week March 7, 2011
Ryan Miller[15] NHL First Star of the Week March 28, 2011
Jhonas Enroth[16] NHL Third Star of the Week April 4, 2011
Thomas Vanek[17] NHL First Star of the Week April 11, 2011

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Jochen Hecht 700th Career NHL Game October 11, 2010
Luke Adam 1st Career NHL Game October 26, 2010
Cody McCormick 200th Career NHL Game October 29, 2010
Thomas Vanek 400th Career NHL Game October 29, 2010
Mike Grier 1,000th Career NHL Game November 3, 2010
Jhonas Enroth 1st Career NHL Win November 6, 2010
Jordan Leopold 100th Career NHL Assist November 6, 2010
Lindy Ruff (coach) 1,000th Career NHL Game Coached[18] November 10, 2010
Steve Montador 100th Career NHL Point November 13, 2010
Tyler Myers 100th Career NHL Game November 13, 2010
Rob Niedermayer 1,100th Career NHL Game November 15, 2010
Craig Rivet 900th Career NHL Game November 20, 2010
Jason Pominville 400th Career NHL Game November 24, 2010
Luke Adam 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
November 26, 2010
Luke Adam 1st Career NHL Goal December 7, 2010
Mike Weber 1st Career NHL Goal[19] December 28, 2010
Ryan Miller 200th Career NHL Win[19] December 28, 2010
Lindy Ruff 500th Career NHL Win (coach) January 6, 2011
Andrej Sekera 200th Career NHL Game January 15, 2011
Thomas Vanek 200th Career NHL Goal January 20, 2011
Paul Byron 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
January 23, 2011
Paul Byron 1st Career NHL Goal January 25, 2011
Jason Pominville 200th Career NHL Assist January 25, 2011
Tim Connolly 600th Career NHL Game February 15, 2011
Paul Gaustad 400th Career NHL Game February 20, 2011
Steve Montador 500th Career NHL Game February 23, 2011
Patrick Kaleta 200th Career NHL Game March 1, 2011
Drew Stafford 300th Career NHL Game March 3, 2011
Jordan Leopold 500th Career NHL Game March 10, 2011
Jhonas Enroth 1st Career NHL Shutout March 30, 2011
Marc-Andre Gragnani 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
March 30, 2011
Thomas Vanek 200th Career NHL Goal April 2, 2011
Marc-Andre Gragnani 1st Career NHL Goal April 3, 2011
Drew Stafford 100th Career NHL Assist April 3, 2011
Matt Ellis 200th Career NHL Game April 8, 2011
Paul Gaustad 100th Career NHL Assist April 9, 2011
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Chris Butler 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2011
Marc-Andre Gragnani 1st Career NHL Playoff Game
1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 14, 2011
Mike Weber 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 14, 2011
Cody McCormick 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal April 16, 2011
Andrej Sekera 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 16, 2011
Marc-Andre Gragnani 1st Career NHL Playoff Goal April 22, 2011
Tyler Myers 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist April 22, 2011
Mike Weber 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 22, 2011
Chris Butler 1st Career NHL Playoff Assist
1st Career NHL Playoff Point
April 24, 2011
Mike Grier 100th Career NHL Playoff Game April 24, 2011
Jhonas Enroth 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 26, 2011
Mark Mancari 1st Career NHL Playoff Game April 26, 2011

Transactions[edit]

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2010–11 season.

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 26, 2011[50]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
22 Canada Boyes, BradBrad Boyes C R 32 2011 Mississauga, Ontario
34 United States Butler, ChrisChris Butler D L 28 2005 St. Louis, Missouri
19 United States Connolly, TimTim Connolly C R 33 2001 Syracuse, New York
37 Canada Ellis, MattMatt Ellis C L 33 2008 Welland, Ontario
63 Canada Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis LW L 25 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
1 Sweden Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth G L 26 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
28 United States Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad (A) C/LW L 32 2000 Fargo, North Dakota
42 United States Gerbe, NathanNathan Gerbe C L 27 2005 Oxford, Michigan
17 Canada Gragnani, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Gragnani D L 27 2005 Montreal, Quebec
25 United States Grier, MikeMike Grier RW R 39 2009 Detroit, Michigan
55 Germany Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht (A) LW L 37 2002 Mannheim, West Germany
36 United States Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta RW R 28 2004 Buffalo, New York
40 Canada Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G L 40 2008 Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec
3 United States Leopold, JordanJordan Leopold D L 34 2010 Golden Valley, Minnesota
8 Canada McCormick, CodyCody McCormick C R 31 2009 London, Ontario
30 United States Miller, RyanRyan Miller G L 34 1999 East Lansing, Michigan
4 Canada Montador, SteveSteve Montador D R 35 2009 Vancouver, British Columbia
27 Canada Morrisonn, ShaoneShaone Morrisonn D L 32 2010 Vancouver, British Columbia
57 Canada Myers, TylerTyler Myers D R 24 2008 Katy, Texas
20 Canada Niedermayer, RobRob Niedermayer C L 39 2010 Edmonton, Alberta
29 United States Pominville, JasonJason Pominville (A) RW R 32 2001 Repentigny, Quebec
9 Canada Roy, DerekDerek Roy (A) C L 31 2001 Ottawa, Ontario
44 Slovakia Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera D L 28 2004 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
21 United States Stafford, DrewDrew Stafford RW R 29 2004 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
26 Austria Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek (A) LW R 30 2003 Baden bei Wien, Austria

Draft selections[edit]

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft was held June 25–26, 2010 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

2010 NHL Entry Draft Results - Buffalo Sabres
Round Overall Pick Player Nationality Position Team from League from
1 23 Mark Pysyk  Canada D Edmonton Oil Kings Western Hockey League
3 68 (from Atlanta) Jerome Gauthier-Leduc  Canada D Rouyn-Noranda Huskies Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
3 75 (from Boston) Kevin Sundher  Canada C Chilliwack Bruins Western Hockey League
3 83 Matt MacKenzie  Canada D Calgary Hitmen Western Hockey League
4 98 (from Atlanta) Steven Shipley  Canada C Owen Sound Attack Ontario Hockey League
5 143 Gregg Sutch  Canada RW Mississauga St. Michael's Majors Ontario Hockey League
6 173 Cedrick Henley  Canada LW Val-d'Or Foreurs Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
7 203 Christian Isackson  United States RW Saint Thomas Academy United States High School-MN
7 208 (from San Jose) Riley Boychuk  Canada LW Portland Winterhawks Western Hockey League

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

Portland Pirates[edit]

The Portland Pirates remain Buffalo's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2010–11.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
  2. ^ "Ken Campbell's blog: THN.com Blog: Explaining the potential Sabres sale". The Hockey News. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  3. ^ Luke Moretti Posted by: Emily Lenihan. "Report: Billionaire aims to buy Sabres". WIVB.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Sabres Edge - Blogs - The Buffalo News". Blogs.buffalonews.com. December 1, 2010. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sources: Buffalo Sabres will announce agreement on sale to Terry Pegula - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. January 31, 2011. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  6. ^ By John Vogl (February 3, 2011). "Last minute of play in the Golisano era - Sabres & NHL". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ By Mike Harrington. "Golisano expresses interest in Bills - Sports". The Buffalo News. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  8. ^ JOHN WAWROW,AP Sports Writer. "Pegula set to take over Sabres". Wivb.com. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ Golisano turned down higher bid for Sabres. WIVB-TV. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  10. ^ Team looking forward to executive decisions. Buffalo News. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "2010–2011 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. 
  12. ^ Crosby tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
  13. ^ Isles' Grabner tops NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
  14. ^ Iginla leads NHL's 'Three Stars of the Week'
  15. ^ Ryan Miller tops 'Three Stars' of the week
  16. ^ Corey Perry tops 'Three Stars' of the week
  17. ^ Thomas Vanek tops 'Three Stars' of the week
  18. ^ "Ruff's 1,000th game as Sabres coach a winning one, Enroth leads Buffalo in SO". The Hockey News. November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Sabres defeat Oilers". December 28, 2010. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  20. ^ BUFFALO SABRES ACQUIRE BRAD BOYES FROM ST. LOUIS
  21. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH DEFENSEMAN JORDAN LEOPOLD
  22. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH ROB NIEDERMAYER
  23. ^ SABRES SIGN TIM CONBOY
  24. ^ SABRES SIGN MCCAULEY
  25. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH SHAONE MORRISONN
  26. ^ SABRES SIGN FORWARD COLIN STUART
  27. ^ SABRES SIGN PARRISH, LOAN HIM TO THE PIRATES
  28. ^ SABRES SIGN GOALTENDER DAVID LEGGIO
  29. ^ Devils sign D Tallinder and Volchenkov
  30. ^ Ducks Sign Lydman to 3-year Deal
  31. ^ Canucks sign forward Raffi Torres
  32. ^ Rangers, Kennedy agree to terms
  33. ^ Devils sign Mair, assign Leblond to AHL
  34. ^ Columbus Blue Jackets Claim Defenseman Craig Rivet Off Waivers from the Buffalo Sabres
  35. ^ SABRES SIGN NICK CRAWFORD
  36. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD MIKE GRIER
  37. ^ SABRES SIGN ALEX BIEGA
  38. ^ SABRES SIGN JACOB LAGACE
  39. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH McCORMICK
  40. ^ SABRES SIGN 2007 DRAFT PICK COREY TROPP
  41. ^ BUFFALO’S MIKE WEBER SIGNS QUALIFYING OFFER
  42. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH PATRICK LALIME
  43. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH WHITMORE
  44. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH PAT KALETA
  45. ^ SABRES RE-SIGN GRAGNANI
  46. ^ SABRES SIGN MARK MANCARI
  47. ^ SABRES RE-SIGN FORWARD MATT ELLIS
  48. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH 2009 FIRST-ROUND PICK ZACK KASSIAN
  49. ^ SABRES SIGN HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF TO MULTI-YEAR DEAL
  50. ^ "Buffalo Sabres - Team - Roster". Retrieved April 26, 2011.