2012–13 Buffalo Sabres season

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2012–13 Buffalo Sabres
Division 5th Northeast
Conference 12th Eastern
2012–13 record 21–21–6
Home record 11–10–3
Road record 10–11–3
Goals for 125
Goals against 143
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff (Oct–Feb)
Ron Rolston Interim (Feb–Apr)
Captain Jason Pominville (Oct–Apr)
Vacant (April)
Alternate captains Steve Ott (April)
Drew Stafford
Thomas Vanek
Arena First Niagara Center
Average attendance 18,970 (99.5%)[1]
Team leaders
Goals Thomas Vanek (20)
Assists Thomas Vanek (21)
Tyler Ennis (21)
Points Thomas Vanek (41)
Penalties in minutes Steve Ott (93)
Plus/minus (+): Jochen Hecht (6)
Christian Ehrhoff (6)
Brian Flynn (6)
(−): Drew Stafford (−16)
Wins Ryan Miller (17)
Goals against average Jhonas Enroth (2.60)
<2011–12 2013–14>

The 2012–13 Buffalo Sabres season is the 43rd season, 42nd season of play, for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[2] The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout. The season was the 15th and final season coached by Lindy Ruff who was fired after a poor start. The Sabres failed to qualify for the postseason for the second consecutive season.

Off-season[edit]

Broadcast changes[edit]

On June 8, 2012, the Sabres announced that Rick Jeanneret, the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in NHL history,[3] would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame; Jeanneret will also receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.[4] On June 11, 2012 the Sabres announced changes to their radio and television broadcasts. It was confirmed that Rick Jeanneret would return for his 41st season calling Sabres games, initially increasing his duties from 57 games in 2011–12 to 65 games in 2012–13, but then announcing he would call all 82 games for that season.[5] Rob Ray will replace Harry Neale as the full-time color commentator for all Sabres game broadcasts; Neale will join Mike Robitaille, whose role will remain unchanged, and Brian Duff, who will take over as full-time studio host, in the studio.[6] Kevin Sylvester and Danny Gare, who served as the alternate broadcast team in 2011–12, were not originally going to reprise their roles in 2012–13; Sylvester instead revived the Hockey Hotline, a long-discontinued Sabres call-in talk show, for WGR.[5] However, due to Jeanneret suffering an illness, Sylvester was pressed into service to call play-by-play for the first four games of the regular season.[7]

Alumni Plaza[edit]

On July 12, 2012 the Sabres announced that the plaza adjacent to First Niagara Center would be re-branded Alumni Plaza. On October 12, 2012, a bronze French Connection statue was added to the plaza.[8] Other plans included plaques with the name of every player to play a game for the team and fans having to opportunity to buy engraved bricks.

Lockout[edit]

On September 13, 2012, Buffalo Sabres owner Terrence Pegula, along with all 28 other league ownership groups (the league still collectively owns the Phoenix Coyotes) authorized commissioner Gary Bettman to lock out the National Hockey League Players' Association upon the expiration of the CBA on September 15.[9] The lockout ended at 4:45 am EST on January 6, 2013, lasting 113 days.[10] The lockout reduced the regular season from 82 to 48 games.

Overseas Sabres[edit]

After the announced lockout players from the team began to sign contracts to play in Europe until resumption of NHL play.

Overseas Sabres
Player New team League
Thomas Vanek Graz 99ers Austria Austrian Hockey League[11]
Tyler Ennis SCL Tigers Switzerland Swiss National League[12]
Andrej Sekera HC Slovan Bratislava Slovakia Kontinental Hockey League[13]
Christian Ehrhoff Krefeld Pinguine Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga[14]
Jhonas Enroth Huddinge IK Sweden Swedish Division 1[15]
Mike Weber Lørenskog IK Norway GET-ligaen.[16]
Jason Pominville Adler Mannheim Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga[17]
Jochen Hecht Adler Mannheim Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga[18]
Alexander Sulzer ERC Ingolstadt Germany Deutsche Eishockey Liga
Tyler Myers Klagenfurt AC Austria Austrian Hockey League[19]

Beyond Blue and Gold[edit]

During the abbreviated training camp the team released the first episodes in a new web-series called Beyond Blue and Gold. The series will run through the season with the goal to give fans an "all-access pass to the entire Sabres organization throughout the entire 2012–13 NHL season."[20][21]

Regular season[edit]

After the lockout the Sabres had an abbreviated one week training camp. During the training camp the Sabres first pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft Mikhail Grigorenko played well on a line with off season trade acquisition Steve Ott and Ville Leino. At the end of the camp Grigorenko was put on the opening day roster.[22] The Sabres were given five games to decide whether to keep him on the roster (and thus pay him a full season's salary) or send him back to his junior team, the Quebec Remparts; in the end, Grigorenko was kept on the roster after Leino suffered an injury. After several weeks of mediocre play and Leino's return to the active roster, Grigorenko returned to the Remparts. He remained with the Remparts until their elimination from the playoffs when he returned to the Sabres.

After a lackluster 6–10–1 start Darcy Regier announced the firing of Lindy Ruff[23] Ruff coached the team since 1997 and was the team's winingest coach. It was further announced that Ron Rolston, who was the current coach of the Rochester Americans, would replace Ruff on an interim basis. The Sabres would play better under Rolston but were still eliminated from playoff contention following an 8–4 home loss to the New York Rangers.[24]

The Sabres allowed the most shorthanded goals in the League, with 7.[25]

Playoffs[edit]

The Sabres did not qualify for the playoffs.

Standings[edit]

Northeast Division[26]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 48 29 14 5 26 149 126 63
2 Boston Bruins 48 28 14 6 24 131 109 62
3 Toronto Maple Leafs 48 26 17 5 26 145 133 57
4 Ottawa Senators 48 25 17 6 21 116 104 56
5 Buffalo Sabres 48 21 21 6 14 125 143 48
Eastern Conference[26]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 48 36 12 0 33 165 119 72
2 y – Montreal Canadiens NE 48 29 14 5 26 149 126 63
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 48 27 18 3 24 149 130 57
4 Boston Bruins NE 48 28 14 6 24 131 109 62
5 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 48 26 17 5 26 145 133 57
6 New York Rangers AT 48 26 18 4 22 130 112 56
7 Ottawa Senators NE 48 25 17 6 21 116 104 56
8 New York Islanders AT 48 24 17 7 20 139 139 55
9 Winnipeg Jets SE 48 24 21 3 22 128 144 51
10 Philadelphia Flyers AT 48 23 22 3 22 133 141 49
11 New Jersey Devils AT 48 19 19 10 17 112 129 48
12 Buffalo Sabres NE 48 21 21 6 14 125 143 48
13 Carolina Hurricanes SE 48 19 25 4 18 128 160 42
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 48 18 26 4 17 148 150 40
15 Florida Panthers SE 48 15 27 6 12 112 171 36

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, z – Won best record in conference


Schedule and results[edit]

Original Regular Season Schedule[edit]

Revised Regular Season Schedule[edit]

2012–13 Game Log
Overall: 21–21–6 (Home: 11–10–3; Away: 10–11–3)

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Final regular season stats[28]

Skaters

*Totals include goaltenders (G/A/Pts/PIM) and bench minors (PIM)

Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 40 39 2302:14 17 17 5 108 2.81 1270 .915 0 0 0 2
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 12 9 623:26 4 4 1 27 2.60 332 .919 1 0 0 0
Totals 48 2925:40 21 21 6 135 2.77 1602 .916 1 0 0 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Sabres. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Thomas Vanek NHL Third Star of the Month February 1, 2013[29]
Thomas Vanek NHL First Star of the Week February 4, 2013[30]


Milestones[edit]

Final Roster[edit]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
10 Germany Ehrhoff, ChristianChristian Ehrhoff D L 30 2011 Moers, West Germany
63 Canada Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis C/LW L 23 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
1 Sweden Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth G L 24 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
65 United States Flynn, BrianBrian Flynn RW R 24 2012 Lynnfield, Massachusetts
82 Canada Foligno, MarcusMarcus Foligno LW L 21 2009 Buffalo, New York
42 United States Gerbe, NathanNathan Gerbe LW L 25 2005 Oxford, Michigan
25 Russia Grigorenko, MikhailMikhail Grigorenko C L 18 2012 Khabarovsk, Russia
55 Germany Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht C R 35 2002 Mannheim, West Germany
19 Canada Hodgson, CodyCody Hodgson C R 23 2012 Toronto, Ontario
36 United States Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta RW R 26 2004 Buffalo, New York
23 Finland Leino, VilleVille Leino LW L 29 2011 Savonlinna, Finland
30 United States Miller, RyanRyan Miller G L 32 1999 East Lansing, Michigan
57 Canada Myers, TylerTyler Myers D R 23 2008 Katy, Texas
9 Canada Ott, SteveSteve Ott (A) C L 30 2012 Summerside, Prince Edward Island
27 Canada Pardy, AdamAdam Pardy D L 29 2012 Bonavista, Newfoundland
12 United States Porter, KevinKevin Porter LW/C L 27 2012 Detroit, Michigan
53 Canada Pysyk, MarkMark Pysyk D R 21 2010 Sherwood Park, Alberta
5 United States Ruhwedel, ChadChad Ruhwedel D R 22 2013 San Diego, California
32 Canada Scott, JohnJohn Scott LW/D L 30 2012 St. Catharines, Ontario
44 Slovakia Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera D L 26 2004 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
21 United States Stafford, DrewDrew Stafford (A) RW R 27 2004 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
52 Germany Sulzer, AlexanderAlexander Sulzer D R 28 2012 Kaufbeuren, West Germany
26 Austria Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek (A) LW R 29 2003 Baden bei Wien, Austria
6 United States Weber, MikeMike Weber D L 25 2006 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Transactions[edit]

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2012–13 season:

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 22, 2012[31] To Calgary Flames
1st-round pick (#21 overall) in 2012
2nd-round pick (#42 overall) in 2012
To Buffalo Sabres
1st-round pick (#14 overall) in 2012
July 2, 2012[32] To Dallas Stars
Derek Roy
To Buffalo Sabres
Steve Ott
Adam Pardy
March 15, 2013[33] To Florida Panthers
TJ Brennan
To Buffalo Sabres
5th-round pick in 2013
March 30, 2013[34] To St. Louis Blues
Jordan Leopold
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2013
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013
April 1, 2013[35] To Los Angeles Kings
Robyn Regehr
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2014
2nd-round pick in 2015
April 3, 2013[36] To Minnesota Wild
Jason Pominville
4th-round pick in 2014
To Buffalo Sabres
Matt Hackett
Johan Larsson
1st-round pick in 2013
2nd-round pick in 2014

Draft picks[edit]

Buffalo Sabres' picks at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 22 & 23, 2012.[62]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 12 Mikhail Grigorenko C  Russia Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
1 14[a] Zemgus Girgensons C  Latvia Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
2 44[b] Jake McCabe D  United States University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
3 73 Justin Kea C  Canada Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
5 133 Logan Nelson C  United States Victoria Royals (WHL)
6 163 Linus Ullmark G  Sweden MODO Jr. (Swe-Jr.)
7 193 Brady Austin D  Canada Belleville Bulls (OHL)
7 204[c] Judd Peterson C/RW  United States Duluth Marshall (High-MN)
Draft notes[63]
  • a The Calgary Flames's first-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of a June 22, 2012 trade that sent a 2012 first-round pick and a 2012 second-round pick to the Flames in exchange for this pick.
  • The Buffalo Sabres' second-round pick went to the Calgary Flames as a result of a June 22, 2012 trade that sent a 2012 first-round pick to the Sabres in exchange for a 2012 first-round pick this pick.
  • The Buffalo Sabres' fourth-round pick went to the New York Islanders as the result of a June 29, 2011 trade that sent Christian Ehrhoff to the Sabres in exchange for this pick.
  • c The Chicago Blackhawks' seventh-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of a June 29, 2011 trade that sent Steve Montador to the Blackhawks in exchange for this pick.

See also[edit]

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