2004–05 Buffalo Sabres season

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2004–05 Buffalo Sabres
2004–05 record -
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Vacant
Arena HSBC Arena

The 2004–05 Buffalo Sabres season was to be the 35th for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[1] The season was cancelled as the 2004–05 NHL lockout could not be resolved in time to save the season.



Draft picks[edit]

Buffalo's picks at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[2]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Junior Team
1 13 Drew Stafford RW  United States University of North Dakota (WCHA)
2 43 Michael Funk D  Canada Portland Winter Hawks (WHL)
3 71 Andrej Sekera D  Slovakia HC Dukla Trenčín (Slovak)
5 145 Michal Valent G  Slovakia MHC Martin (Slovak)
6 176 Patrick Kaleta RW  United States Peterborough Petes (OHL)
7 207 Mark Mancari RW  Canada Ottawa 67's (OHL)
8 241 Mike Card D  Canada Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
9 273 Dylan Hunter LW  Canada London Knights (OHL)


Farm teams[edit]

The Sabres AHL affiliate Rochester Americans played with a roster that included many future Sabres. Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy, Ryan Miller and Jason Pominville among others, played the season in Rochester. HSBC Arena (now the First Niagara Center) hosted a pair of Rochester games experimenting with blue ice to see if blue would make the television appearance better than white.[4] The blue ice experiment was ultimately not accepted in post lockout rule changes.[5]

See also[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. ^ 2004 NHL Entry Draft Results nhl.com
  3. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl2004e.html
  4. ^ Brehm, Mike (March 15, 2005). "Buffalo arena trying light blue ice in experiment for TV". USA Today. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "RELAUNCHING THE GAME". CBC. CBC.ca. Retrieved July 16, 2012.