We have been doing these history posts since the season began, and hopefully you have seen a name or two that you remember from Buffalo Sabres history. We continue today with a look at goalies and another trade.
Tonight’s game will be the 18th game in the history of the Buffalo Sabres organization to be played on this day. Buffalo is 7-6-4 all time looking for their 8th win on this day.
In 1977 Don Edwards stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced against the Toronto Maple Leafs only allowing one goal. The Sabres on the other hand got scoring from five different players as they beat the Maple Leafs 6-1 at Memorial Auditorium.
Anytime the Buffalo Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs it brings a little joy to my heart, even if the victory happens years before I was born.
Fast forward fourteen years to 1991. The featured goalie in this exchange is Clint Malarchuk. Malarchuk faced 37 shots and saved 35 of them as the Winnipeg Jets (version 1.0) peppered the Buffalo net. On the other side of the ice though the Jets were not so lucky. Dale Hawerchuk put three in himself as the Buffalo Sabres throttled the Jets 6-2.
And finally we come to the trade of the day in 2001. After spending nine years with the Buffalo Sabres Donald Audette left the organization in 1997-1998, and spent several years with the Los Angeles Kings and Atlanta Thrashers. Well in 2001 the Thrashers no longer required his services so he was brought back to Buffalo in exchange for Kamil Piros.
Audette would play another 12 games as a Buffalo Sabres before he moved on again with the Dallas Stars, Montreal Canadiens, and Florida Panthers before retiring from the National Hockey League.
Bringing Audette back to the team wasn’t the only move the Buffalo Sabres made in 2001. Also in this year, the Buffalo Sabres shipped a third round draft pick (2001 Draft) to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Steve Heinze.