2009–10 Buffalo Sabres season

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2009–10 Buffalo Sabres
Northeast Division champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 3rd Eastern
2009–10 record 45–27–10
Home record 25–10–6
Road record 20–17–4
Goals for 235
Goals against 207
Team information
General Manager Darcy Regier
Coach Lindy Ruff
Captain Craig Rivet
Alternate captains Paul Gaustad
Jochen Hecht
Jason Pominville
Derek Roy
Arena HSBC Arena
Average attendance Average: 18,529
Team leaders
Goals Thomas Vanek (28)
Assists Tim Connolly (48)
Points Derek Roy (69)
Penalties in minutes Craig Rivet (100)
Plus/minus Jochen Hecht (+14)
Wins Ryan Miller (41)
Goals against average Ryan Miller (2.22)

The 2009–10 Buffalo Sabres season was the 40th season (39th season of play) of the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League. The season saw the Sabres win the Northeast Division title and return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Ryan Miller won the Vezina Trophy for the first time in his career.[1] The Vezina win was the League-best eight for the Sabres franchise since 1982, when the trophy began being awarded to the NHL's top goaltender. Tyler Myers became the first Sabre to win the Calder Memorial Trophy,[2] for Rookie of the Year, since Tom Barasso won it in the 1983–84 season.

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Northeast Division[3]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – Buffalo Sabres 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
2 Ottawa Senators 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
3 Boston Bruins 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
4 Montreal Canadiens 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
5 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 38 14 214 263 74

Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[4]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Game log[edit]

2009–10 Game Log
2009–10 Schedule

Playoffs[edit]

The Sabres qualified for the playoffs for the first time in three years. They had not qualified for the playoffs since winning the Presidents' Trophy in the 2006–07 NHL season.

Playoff log[edit]

2010 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 69 4047 41 18 8 150 2.22 2098 .929 5 0 0 4
Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime 16 854 4 8 2 40 2.81 432 .907 0 0 0 2
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 1 58 0 1 0 4 4.14 37 .892 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Miller, RyanRyan Miller 6 384 2 4 15 2.34 204 .926 0 0 0 2

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 Reached
Tyler Myers[5] NHL Rookie of the Month January 2010
Tyler Myers[6] Calder Memorial Trophy winner June 23, 2010
Ryan Miller[7] Vezina Trophy winner June 23, 2010

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Regular Season
Player Milestone Reached
Tyler Myers 1st Career NHL Game October 3, 2009
Tyler Myers 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 8, 2009
Tim Kennedy 1st Career NHL Assist
1st Career NHL Point
October 10, 2009
Tyler Myers 1st Career NHL Goal October 16, 2009
Tim Kennedy 1st Career NHL Goal October 28, 2009
Tyler Ennis 1st Career NHL Game
1st Career NHL Goal
November 13, 2009
Tim Connolly 300th NHL Point November 27, 2009

Transactions[edit]

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

Final roster[edit]

Updated April 23, 2010.[34]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
34 United States Butler, ChrisChris Butler D L 31 2005 St. Louis, Missouri
19 United States Connolly, TimTim Connolly C R 36 2001 Syracuse, New York
37 Canada Ellis, MattMatt Ellis C L 35 2008 Welland, Ontario
63 Canada Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis LW L 27 2008 Edmonton, Alberta
1 Sweden Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth G L 28 2006 Stockholm, Sweden
28 United States Gaustad, PaulPaul Gaustad (A) C L 35 2000 Fargo, North Dakota
42 United States Gerbe, NathanNathan Gerbe C L 29 2005 Oxford, Michigan
25 United States Grier, MikeMike Grier RW R 42 2009 Detroit
55 Germany Hecht, JochenJochen Hecht (A) LW L 39 2002 Mannheim, West Germany
36 United States Kaleta, PatrickPatrick Kaleta RW R 30 2004 Buffalo, New York
13 United States Kennedy, TimTim Kennedy LW L 31 2005 Buffalo, New York
40 Canada Lalime, PatrickPatrick Lalime G L 42 2008 Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec
5 Finland Lydman, ToniToni Lydman D L 39 2005 Lahti, Finland
22 Canada Mair, AdamAdam Mair C R 38 2002 Hamilton, Ontario
12 Canada Mancari, MarkMark Mancari RW R 31 2004 London, Ontario
8 Canada McCormick, CodyCody McCormick C R 34 2009 London, Ontario
30 United States Miller, RyanRyan Miller G L 36 1999 East Lansing, Michigan
4 Canada Montador, SteveSteve Montador D R 37 2009 Vancouver
57 Canada Myers, TylerTyler Myers D R 27 2008 Katy, Texas
29 United States Pominville, JasonJason Pominville (A) RW R 34 2001 Repentigny, Quebec
52 Canada Rivet, CraigCraig Rivet (C) D R 42 2008 North Bay, Ontario
9 Canada Roy, DerekDerek Roy (A) C L 34 2001 Ottawa, Ontario
44 Slovakia Sekera, AndrejAndrej Sekera D L 30 2004 Bojnice, Czechoslovakia
21 United States Stafford, DrewDrew Stafford RW R 31 2004 Milwaukee
10 Sweden Tallinder, HenrikHenrik Tallinder D L 38 1997 Stockholm, Sweden
17 Canada Torres, RaffiRaffi Torres LW L 35 2010 Toronto
26 Austria Vanek, ThomasThomas Vanek LW R 33 2003 Vienna, Austria

Draft selections[edit]

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft was held June 26–27, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

2009 NHL Entry Draft Results – Buffalo Sabres
Round Overall Pick Player Nationality Position Team from League from
1 13 Zack Kassian  Canada RW Peterborough Petes OHL
3 66 Brayden McNabb  Canada D Kootenay Ice WHL
4 104 Marcus Foligno  United States LW Sudbury Wolves OHL
5 134 Mark Adams  United States D Malden Catholic United States High School
6 164 Connor Knapp  United States G Miami University (OH) CCHA
7 194 Maxime Legault  Canada RW Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL

Notes[edit]

* The Sabres' second-round pick went to the San Jose Sharks as the result of a trade on July 4, 2008 that sent Craig Rivet and a seventh-round pick in 2010 to Buffalo in exchange for a second-round pick in 2010 and this pick.[35]

* The Los Angeles Kings' third-round pick went to the Sabres as the result of a trade on July 4, 2008 that sent Steve Bernier to the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in 2010 and this pick.[36]
Vancouver previously acquired in a trade on July 5, 2006 that sent Dan Cloutier to Los Angeles for a second-round pick in 2007 and this pick (being conditional at time of trade). The condition – Dan Cloutier resigning with the Los Angeles Kings – has been verified on September 27, 2006.[37]

* The Sabres' third-round pick went to the Los Angeles Kings as the result of a trade on June 20, 2008 that sent a first-round pick in 2008 to Buffalo in exchange for a first-round pick in 2008 and this pick.

See also[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

Portland Pirates[edit]

The Portland Pirates remain Buffalo's top affiliate in the American Hockey League in 2009–10.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MILLER WINS FIRST VEZINA TROPHY". NHL.com. Sabres.nhl.com. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sabres' Tyler Myers wins Calder Trophy". NHL. NHL.com. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Division". National Hockey League. 
  4. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League. 
  5. ^ SABRES' MYERS NAMED NHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH
  6. ^ SABRES' MYERS WINS CALDER TROPHY
  7. ^ SABRES' MILLER WINS FIRST VEZINA TROPHY
  8. ^ SABRES ACQUIRE THIRD-ROUND DRAFT PICK FROM BOSTON
  9. ^ SABRES ACQUIRE TORRES, DRAFT PICKS
  10. ^ SABRES ACQUIRE TORRES, DRAFT PICKS
  11. ^ MONTADOR AGREES TO TERMS
  12. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH JOE DIPENTA
  13. ^ SABRES SIGN JEAN-PHILIPPE LAMOUREUX
  14. ^ SABRES SIGN CODY MCCORMICK
  15. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH MIKE GRIER
  16. ^ SABRES SIGN JEFF COWAN
  17. ^ TELLQVIST SIGNS WITH RUSSIAN KHL
  18. ^ Habs ink Jaroslav Spacek
  19. ^ Thrashers Agree to Terms with Unrestricted Free Agent Forward Maxim Afinogenov
  20. ^ Panthers Ink Dominic Moore
  21. ^ NUMMINEN ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
  22. ^ SABRES SIGN TYLER MYERS
  23. ^ SABRES SIGN 2007 DRAFT PICK PAUL BYRON
  24. ^ SABRES SIGN MATT ELLIS
  25. ^ KALETA ACCEPTS QUALIFYING OFFER
  26. ^ SABRES REACH AGREEMENTS WITH MACARTHUR AND SEKERA
  27. ^ SABRES REACH AGREEMENTS WITH MACARTHUR AND SEKERA
  28. ^ SABRES SIGN DREW STAFFORD
  29. ^ SABRES SIGN 2008 FIRST ROUND PICK TYLER ENNIS
  30. ^ SABRES SIGN MARK MANCARI
  31. ^ SABRES SIGN LUKE ADAM
  32. ^ SABRES SIGN NICK CRAWFORD
  33. ^ SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD MIKE GRIER
  34. ^ "Buffalo Sabres – Team – Roster". Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  35. ^ "More news Sharks Acquire 2nd Round Picks from Buffalo". San Jose Sharks. July 4, 2008. 
  36. ^ "Sabres Acquire Pair of Picks From Vancouver". Buffalo Sabres. July 4, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  37. ^ "Kings agree to two-year extension with Cloutier". Los Angeles Kings. September 27, 2006. Retrieved March 9, 2009.