Season in Review

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The Buffalo Sabres enter this offseason a changed hockey franchise. From the firing of longtime head coach Lindy Ruff, to the deadline-day trade of captain Jason Pominville to the late season charge for the playoffs, many different emotions were had throughout the Sabres fan base.

This season, the Sabres began with lofty expectations but those would fall apart only 17 games into the season.

Sitting at 6-10-1 (13 points), General Manager Darcy Regier felt a spark was needed to change the hockey team. Regier decided it was time to fire long-time head coach Lindy Ruff. His replacement would be the Rochester Americans head coach Ron Rolston.

Rolston would go on to coach the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record (35 points in 31 games), but the team ultimately missed the playoffs by 7 points.

In a season filled with negatives, there were a handful of bright spots.

Steve Ott, playing his first season with the Sabres, stepped up into a major leadership role as the season progressed. Ott, who recorded 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) in 48 games, also saw himself become a fan favorite.

Another bright spot was the emergence of Brian Flynn, Kevin Porter and Mark Pysyk. These three players, who started with the Rochester Americans, were not expected to make a major impact in Buffalo this season. Flynn and Porter locked down spots on the Sabres’ third line, with a combined 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) while Pysyk shifted around the top six of the defense and displayed major development throughout his 19 games played.

Also, the Buffalo Sabres could look to this season as a major developmental one for number one center Cody Hodgson. In his first full season with Buffalo, Hodgson tallied 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) in 48 games. Not only was that the second-most points on the Sabres, Hodgson’s 34 points gave him the most points by a sophomore player in the NHL.

Through the good and the bad, there were negatives and positives during this unsuccessful season. Only one can hope that the Sabres organization will take the lessons learned, good and bad, to help make the franchise better going into next season.

Season's Best
Players of the Year
Player
Stats
4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four games.
4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in four games.
Least Valuable Player
Player
Stats
0 points, -3 rating, 4 PIMs in four games.
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Achieved Milestones
Achieved Milestones
Player:
Milestone:
Milestone Achieved On:
253 goals - 5th all-time in franchise history10/15/13 vs. NYI
146 assists - 34th all-time in franchise history11/5/13 vs. SJS
269 points - 32nd all-time in franchise history11/5/13 vs. SJS
271 points - 31st all-time in franchise history11/8/13 vs. LAK
123 goals - 23rd all-time in franchise history12/19/13 vs. BOS
100 career points1/14/13 vs. PHI
100 career points 1/15/14 vs. TOR
100 career goals1/21/14 vs. FLA
155 assists - 33rd all-time in franchise history1/23/14 vs. CAR
300 career points1/25/14 vs. CBJ
128 goals - 22nd all-time in franchise history2/5/14 vs. PIT
284 points - 30th all-time in franchise history2/5/14 vs. PIT
286 points - 29th all-time in franchise history2/6/14 vs. OTT
288 points - 28th all-time in franchise history2/25/14 vs. CAR
23 wins - 15th all-time in franchise history2/26/14 vs. BOS
131 goals - 21st all-time in franchise history3/9/14 vs. CHI
290 points - 27th all-time in franchise history3/9/14 vs. CHI
135 goals - 19th all-time in franchise history3/20/14 vs. EDM
43 losses - Most regulation losses in 82 game season3/23/14 vs. VAN
45 losses - Most regulation losses in franchise history3/27/14 vs. NSH
298 points - 26th all-time in franchise history4/10/14 vs. NYR
Injuries
Injuries
Player
Injury
Last Game Played
Lower Body Injury3/6/14 vs. TBL
Upper Body Injury3/13/14 vs. CAR
Lower Body Injury3/13/14 vs. CAR
Lower Body Injury3/16/14 vs. MTL
Sore Back3/23/14 vs. VAN
Undisclosed Injury3/25/14 vs. MTL
Undisclosed Injury3/25/14 vs. MTL
Undisclosed Injury4/1/14 vs. NJD
Undisclosed Injury4/1/14 vs. NJD
Lower Body Injury4/3/14 vs. STL
Ear Injury4/6/14 vs. PHI
Head Injury4/6/14 vs. PHI
Concussion4/6/14 vs. PHI
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