2014–15 Buffalo Sabres season

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2014–15 Buffalo Sabres
Division 8th Atlantic
Conference 16th Eastern
2014–15 record 23–51–8
Home record 14–22–5
Road record 9–29–3
Goals for 161
Goals against 274
Team information
General Manager Tim Murray
Coach Ted Nolan
Captain Brian Gionta
Alternate captains Josh Gorges
Matt Moulson
Arena First Niagara Center
Average attendance 18,580[1]
(41 games)
Team leaders
Goals Tyler Ennis (20)
Assists Matt Moulson (28)
Points Tyler Ennis (46)
Penalties in minutes Nicolas Deslauriers (71)
Plus/minus (+): Mark Pysyk (4)
(−): Rasmus Ristolainen (−32)
Wins Jhonas Enroth (13)
Goals against average Michal Neuvirth (2.99)
<2013–14 2015–16>

The 2014–15 Buffalo Sabres season was the 45th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on May 22, 1970.[2] The team finished last place overall in the league with 54 points and did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Off-season[edit]

Summer sessions[edit]

The Sabres held their annual Summer Development Camp for the team's prospects and young players from July 14–18, 2014.[3] The highlight of the camp was the annual Blue-White Game, held on July 15, which drew a crowd of over 8,000 spectators to the First Niagara Center.[4]

The Sabres also sent a team to the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.[5]

Training camp[edit]

The Sabres played in six pre-season exhibition games before the start of the 2014–15 regular season.[6]

Regular Season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Atlantic Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
4 x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
5 Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
6 Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
7 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
8 Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Montreal Canadiens 82 50 22 10 43 221 189 +32 110
2 x – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 50 24 8 47 262 211 +51 108
3 x – Detroit Red Wings 82 43 25 14 39 235 221 +14 100
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 p – New York Rangers 82 53 22 7 49 252 192 +60 113
2 x – Washington Capitals 82 45 26 11 40 242 203 +39 101
3 x – New York Islanders 82 47 28 7 40 252 230 +22 101
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 AT x – Ottawa Senators 82 43 26 13 37 238 215 +23 99
2 ME x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 43 27 12 39 221 210 +11 98
3 AT Boston Bruins 82 41 27 14 37 213 211 +2 96
4 AT Florida Panthers 82 38 29 15 30 206 223 −17 91
5 ME Columbus Blue Jackets 82 42 35 5 33 236 250 −14 89
6 ME Philadelphia Flyers 82 33 31 18 30 215 234 −19 84
7 ME New Jersey Devils 82 32 36 14 27 181 216 −35 78
8 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 30 41 11 25 188 226 −38 71
9 AT Toronto Maple Leafs 82 30 44 8 25 211 262 −51 68
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 23 51 8 15 161 274 −113 54
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Suspensions/fines[edit]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Michal Neuvirth Diving/Embellishment during NHL Game No. 886 in Nashville on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 2:23 of the second period. $2,000.00 February 25, 2015[7]

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Game Log
Record: 23–49–8 (Home: 14–21–5 ; Road: 9–28–3)

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

Player stats[edit]

Final stats

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular Season[9]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Enroth, JhonasJhonas Enroth 37 35 2204 13 21 2 120 3.27 1237 0.903 1 0 0 0
Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth 27 27 1544 6 17 3 77 2.99 941 0.918 0 0 0 0
Lindback, AndersAnders Lindback 16 15 891 4 8 2 41 2.76 542 0.924 0 0 0 4
Hackett, MattMatt Hackett 5 4 250 0 4 1 18 4.32 155 0.884 0 0 0 0
Makarov, AndreyAndrey Makarov 1 1 60 0 1 0 3 3.00 36 0.917 0 0 0 0

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

Notable achievements[edit]

Awards[edit]

Milestones[edit]


Transactions[edit]

The Sabres have been involved in the following transactions during the 2014–15 season:

Trades[edit]

June 28, 2014 To Washington Capitals
2nd-round pick in 2014
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2014
3rd-round pick in 2014
[12]
July 1, 2014 To Montreal Canadiens
MIN's 2nd-round pick in 2016
To Buffalo Sabres
Josh Gorges
[13]
July 9, 2014 To Winnipeg Jets
Conditional 7th-round pick in 2015
To Buffalo Sabres
Jordan Samuels-Thomas
[14]
December 16, 2014 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Luke Adam
To Buffalo Sabres
Jerry D'Amigo
[15]
February 11, 2015 To Winnipeg Jets
Tyler Myers
Drew Stafford
Brendan Lemieux
Joel Armia
1st-round pick in 2015
To Buffalo Sabres
Evander Kane
Zach Bogosian
Jason Kasdorf
[16]
February 11, 2015 To Dallas Stars
Jhonas Enroth
To Buffalo Sabres
Anders Lindback
conditional 3rd-round pick in 2016
[17]
March 2, 2015 To Montreal Canadiens
Brian Flynn
To Buffalo Sabres
5th-round pick in 2016
[18]
March 2, 2015 To New York Islanders
Michal Neuvirth
To Buffalo Sabres
Chad Johnson
3rd-round pick in 2016
[19]
March 2, 2015 To Montreal Canadiens
Torrey Mitchell
To Buffalo Sabres
Jack Nevins
7th-round pick in 2016
[20]
March 2, 2015 To Minnesota Wild
Chris Stewart
To Buffalo Sabres
2nd-round pick in 2017
[21]

Draft picks[edit]

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 27–28, 2014 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Buffalo finished with the league's worst record, but on April 15, 2014, the Florida Panthers won the draft lottery to jump ahead of the Sabres and secure the first overall pick.[51]

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 2 Sam Reinhart C  Canada Kootenay Ice (WHL)
2 31 Brendan Lemieux LW  Canada Barrie Colts (OHL)
2 44[a] Eric Cornel C  Canada Peterborough Petes (OHL)
2 49[b] Vaclav Karabacek RW  Czech Republic Gatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)
3 61 Jonas Johansson G  Sweden Brynas IF (J20 SuperElit)
3 74 Brycen Martin D  Canada Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
5 121 Maxwell Willman C  United States Williston Northampton Wildcats (NEPSAC)
6 151 Christopher Brown C  United States Cranbrook Kingswood
7 181 Victor Olofsson RW  Sweden MODO Hockey (SHL)
Draft notes
  • a Winnipeg's second-round pick will go to Buffalo as the result of a trade on March 5, 2014 that sent Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick to Minnesota, in exchange for Torrey Mitchell, a second-round pick in 2016 and this pick.[52]
  • b Minnesota's second-round pick will go to Buffalo as the result of trade on April 3, 2013 that sent Jason Pominville and a fourth-round pick in 2014 to Minnesota, in exchange for Matt Hackett, Johan Larsson, a first-round pick in 2013 and this pick.[53]
  • Buffalo's fourth-round pick will go to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on March 4, 2014 that sent Ilya Bryzgalov to Minnesota, in exchange for this pick.[54]
  • Buffalo's sixth-round pick will not go to the Edmonton Oilers as the result of a trade on December 19, 2013 that sent Linus Omark to Buffalo in exchange for this pick (being conditional at the time of the trade).[55] Omark did not play enough games for the Sabres, so the pick was never traded.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ National Hockey League (2010). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2011. Triumph Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-60078-422-4. 
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  8. ^ This figure encompasses ticket sales. Due to a severe lake-effect snowstorm cutting off all traffic south of Buffalo from the arena, actual seated attendance for the November 18 game was estimated at 6,200.
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  21. ^ "SABRES ACQUIRE SECOND-ROUND PICK FOR STEWART". Buffalo Sabres. March 2, 2015. 
  22. ^ MESZAROS JOINS THE SABRES
  23. ^ McCORMICK RETURNS TO BUFFALO
  24. ^ GIONTA SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
  25. ^ MOULSON SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL
  26. ^ SABRES SIGN DEFENSEMAN TYSON STRACHAN
  27. ^ Sabres sign forward Dalpe to one-year contract
  28. ^ SABRES SIGN BENOIT TO 1-YEAR DEAL
  29. ^ SABRES SIGN DUPUY TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
  30. ^ SABRES SIGN FORWARD EVAN RODRIGUES
  31. ^ Former Sabre Alexander Sulzer signs 5-year deal in native Germany. Olean Times Herald. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  32. ^ Penguins Sign Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff
  33. ^ Wings add forward, Michigan native Porter
  34. ^ Conacher Agrees To Terms
  35. ^ Sharks Sign Forward John Scott
  36. ^ D’Agostini signs one-year deal with Swiss club
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  43. ^ SABRES SIGN REINHART
  44. ^ SABRES SIGN SAMUELS-THOMAS TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
  45. ^ SABRES SIGN RUHWEDEL TO 2-YEAR CONTRACT
  46. ^ SABRES SIGN ENNIS TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
  47. ^ SABRES RE-SIGN ADAM
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  50. ^ a b c d SABRES ADD FOUR TO NOLAN'S COACHING STAFF
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  53. ^ "Jason Pominville traded to Wild by Sabres". National Hockey League. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  54. ^ "Wild add veteran goalie Bryzgalov from Oilers". National Hockey League. May 17, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  55. ^ "Sabres get Linus Omark from Oilers for draft pick". National Hockey League. December 19, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2014.