2012–13 Buffalo Sabres season
|2012–13 Buffalo Sabres|
|General Manager||Darcy Regier|
|Coach||Lindy Ruff (Oct–Feb)
Ron Rolston Interim (Feb–Apr)
|Captain||Jason Pominville (Oct–Apr)
|Alternate captains||Steve Ott (April)
|Arena||First Niagara Center|
|Average attendance||18,970 (99.5%)|
|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)|
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. 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 post-season for the second consecutive season.
- 1 Off-season
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Playoffs
- 4 Standings
- 5 Schedule and results
- 6 Player statistics
- 7 Awards and records
- 8 Final Roster
- 9 Transactions
- 10 Draft picks
- 11 See also
- 12 References
On June 8, 2012, the Sabres announced that Rick Jeanneret, the longest-tenured play-by-play announcer in NHL history, would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame; Jeanneret will also receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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 NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to lock-out the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) upon the expiration of the CBA on September 15. The lockout ended at 4:45 am EST on January 6, 2013, lasting 113 days. The lockout reduced the regular season from 82 to 48 games.
After the announced lockout players from the team began to sign contracts to play in Europe until resumption of NHL play.
Beyond Blue and Gold
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."
After the lockout, the Sabres had an abbreviated one-week training camp. During the camp, the Sabres' first pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Mikhail Grigorenko, played well on a line with off-season trade acquisitions Steve Ott and Ville Leino. At the end of the camp, Grigorenko was put on the opening day roster. 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 QMJHL playoffs, whereupon he returned to the Sabres.
After an unsuccessful 6–10–1 start, General Manager Darcy Regier announced the firing of Head Coach Lindy Ruff Ruff coached the team since 1997 and was the team's most successful 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 performed better under Rolston but were nonetheless eliminated from playoff contention following an 8–4 home loss to the New York Rangers.
The Sabres allowed the most shorthanded goals in the NHL, with seven.
The Sabres did not qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
|1||y – Montreal Canadiens||48||29||14||5||26||149||126||+23||63|
|2||x – Boston Bruins||48||28||14||6||24||131||109||+22||62|
|3||x – Toronto Maple Leafs||48||26||17||5||26||145||133||+12||57|
|4||x – Ottawa Senators||48||25||17||6||21||116||104||+12||56|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
|1||AT||z – Pittsburgh Penguins||48||36||12||0||33||165||119||+46||72|
|2||NE||y – Montreal Canadiens||48||29||14||5||26||149||126||+23||63|
|3||SE||y – Washington Capitals||48||27||18||3||24||149||130||+19||57|
|4||NE||x – Boston Bruins||48||28||14||6||24||131||109||+22||62|
|5||NE||x – Toronto Maple Leafs||48||26||17||5||26||145||133||+12||57|
|6||AT||x – New York Rangers||48||26||18||4||22||130||112||+18||56|
|7||NE||x – Ottawa Senators||48||25||17||6||21||116||104||+12||56|
|8||AT||x – New York Islanders||48||24||17||7||20||139||139||0||55|
|11||AT||New Jersey Devils||48||19||19||10||17||112||129||−17||48|
|14||SE||Tampa Bay Lightning||48||18||26||4||17||148||150||−2||40|
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division; z – Clinched conference.
Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast
Schedule and results
Original regular season schedule
|2012–13 Original Schedule (For reference only)|
Revised regular season schedule
|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)
Final regular season stats
*Totals include goaltenders (G/A/Pts/PIM) and bench minors (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|
†Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Sabres. Stats reflect time with the Sabres only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record
Awards and records
|Thomas Vanek||NHL Third Star of the Month||February 1, 2013|
|Thomas Vanek||NHL First Star of the Week||February 4, 2013|
The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2012–13 season:
|June 22, 2012||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||To Dallas Stars
|To Buffalo Sabres
|March 15, 2013||To Florida Panthers
T. J. Brennan
|To Buffalo Sabres
5th-round pick in 2013
|March 30, 2013||To St. Louis Blues
|To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2013
Conditional 5th-round pick in 2013
|April 1, 2013||To Los Angeles Kings
|To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2014
2nd-round pick in 2015
|April 3, 2013||To Minnesota Wild
4th-round pick in 2014
|To Buffalo Sabres
1st-round pick in 2013
2nd-round pick in 2014
Free agents signed
Free agents lost
Claimed via waivers
Lost via waivers
Lost via retirement
|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
- 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.
- b The Calgary Flames' second-round pick went to the Buffalo Sabres as a result of a June 25, 2011 trade that sent Chris Butler and Paul Byron to the Flames in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and 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.
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- Vogl, John (February 4, 2013). "Vanek named NHL's First Star of the Week". Buffalo News. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
- Sabres stock up on centers in NHL draft
- SABRES ACQUIRE OTT, PARDY FROM DALLAS IN EXCHANGE FOR ROY
- BRENNAN DEALT TO PANTHERS
- "SABRES ACQUIRE TWO DRAFT PICKS FROM ST. LOUIS BLUES FOR DEFENSEMAN LEOPOLD". Sabres.NHL.com. NHL.com. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
- SABRES ACQUIRE TWO DRAFT PICKS FROM LOS ANGELES KINGS FOR DEFENSEMAN REGEHR
- SABRES ACQUIRE LARSSON, HACKETT & DRAFT PICKS FROM WILD
- SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD JOHN SCOTT
- "SABRES SIGN PORTER, MANCARI; RE-SIGN LEGGIO". NHL.com. Sabres.com. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
- SABRES SIGN TARNASKY, RE-SIGN BRENNAN
- SABRES SIGN FORWARD TIM SCHALLER
- SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN CHAD RUHWEDEL
- Szczechura Thanks Fans for Support
- "Two Amerks D-men reportedly sign in Europe". WGR550.com. WGR550.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- Boyes Agrees To Terms
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
- Islanders Claim Finley off Waivers
- "SABRES SIGN GOALTENDER LIEUWEN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT". Sabres.com. NHL.com. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN ALEXANDER SULZER". Sabres.com. NHL.com. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
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- GIRGENSONS, SABRES AGREE TO TERMS ON ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
- SABRES SIGN GRIGORENKO TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
- SCHIESTEL SIGNS ONE-YEAR, TWO-WAY DEAL
- SABRES, KALETA AGREE ON MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
- SABRES SIGN BIEGA TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
- SABRES SIGN ENNIS TO TWO-YEAR DEAL
- HECHT AGREES TO TERMS ON ONE-YEAR DEAL
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