It is Sunday, a day of rest for many, and Super Bowl Sunday at that. So it has taken me longer to get to my computer to put up my Sabre Sunday – a look at a past member of the Buffalo Sabres, a sort of where are they now.
Today we look at former player and coach Rick Dudley, currently with the Toronto Maple Leafs Organization. Dudley had three separate stints with the Buffalo Sabres, as well as having one other local WNY connection.
Dudley started his playing career in Buffalo in the 1972-1973 season. He managed three seasons with the Blue and Gold before jumping ship to the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA. in 1979, the Stingers traded the left winger back to the Buffalo Sabres. Rick Dudley played another two seasons at Memorial Auditorium before being released, and subsequently picked up by the Winnipeg Jets, the last place team in the league.
In the 1974 off season, Dudley played for the Rochester Golden Griffins of the National Lacrosse League. Despite missing games in the NLL because of the NHL playoffs and Sabres training camp, he finished sixth in scoring in the NLL that season.
After retiring from the game as a player Dudley went on to various general manager and coaching positions throughout the NHL. Dudley coached the Buffalo Sabres for three seasons. He made the playoffs in the first two seasons, but his teams could never make it out of the first round, and he was subsequently fired 28 games into his third season, having only been able to win 9 games.