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This Day In Buffalo Sabres History March 11

The end of the season is hear, and the trade deadline has passed for this year, but in this edition of this day in Buffalo Sabres history we are still talking trades so fear not!

The Buffalo Sabres take to the ice tonight against the Nashville Predators, in what will be the teams 17th game in history to be played on this date.  A win tonight pulls the team to a .500 record as they are a combined 6-7-3 all time on this day.

While the Sabres are playing their 17th game in history on this day, tonight’s game is just the sixteenth between the Predators and Sabres.

Trades, did someone mention trades?  In 1999 the Buffalo Sabres traded away Matt Barnaby to the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The return on that investment?  Fan favorite Stu Barnes.  Barnaby scored 46 goals with the Buffalo Sabres across six seasons.  Stu Barnes played five years in Buffalo and scored 67 total goals.

Just four years later on March 11 2003 the Buffalo Sabres would turn Chris Gratton and fourth round draft pick over to the Phoenix Coyotes for a third round draft pick and Daniel Briere.

Twenty years before the Stu Barnes trade, the Buffalo Sabres got goals from eight different players including two goals from Rene Robert as the Sabres put out the Atlanta Flames nine to four at Memorial Auditorium.

History will be made tonight, when Drew Stafford takes to the ice tonight he will join elite company.  Stafford will become the 29th player in Buffalo Sabres history to skate in 500 games as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

Another Sabres player hitting a milestone will be Matt Ellis.  Ellis will reach his 300th NHL game.  230 of those games are being played with the Sabres.

Tyler Myers could hit a milestone as well, he just needs four assists to reach the century mark.  With his uptempo play as of recently – he could easily see that milestone at some point this season.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Chris Gratton Danny Briere Drew Stafford History Matt Barnaby Matt Ellis Rene Robert Stu Barnes

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