With yesterday’s trade deadline adding plenty to the history of the Buffalo Sabres and the hopes of erasing an era of bad management, we turn to the past once again to try and remember the good things about the Buffalo Sabres to remind us of why we love the Blue and Gold – to get us through these trying times.
While tonight’s roster will look, well, a lot different than we are used to – history is on the side of the Buffalo Sabres. Tonight marks the 24th time the Sabres have played on March 6, and the team has an outstanding record of 14-4-5. There is something to be said for guys who excel on their first night in a Buffalo Sabres uniform, or guys who have a chance to prove something now that they don’t have someone else taking their ice time.
Might tonight against Tampa Bay be one of those times? Buffalo is looking to avoid losing three consecutive road contests against Tampa Bay for the first time in team history tonight.
1982 was a good year. I mean, I was born, what more needs to happen? All kidding aside, Fred Hunt and Tim Horton become just the fourth and fifth members to receive the fabled sabre and be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame. There are currently 41 members in the hall established in 1980.
In 1988, another member of the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame, Phil Housley, records a his 400th NHL point and 400th point with the Sabres with a goal and an assist against the Boston Bruins at Memorial Auditorium. The Sabres would go on to shutout the Bruins 3-0.
In 1989 the Buffalo Sabres shipped Calle Johansson and a second round draft pick in the upcoming entry draft (Byron Dafoe) to the Washington Capitals. In return they received Clint Malarchuk and Grant Ledyard. They also received a sixth round selection in the 1991 draft – which turned into Brian Holzinger.