While the NHL Playoffs still roll on, the chances of a former Sabres player raising the Stanley Cup are quite high this season. Out of the three teams left in this year's playoffs, only one does not currently have a former Sabres player on it. While the Los Angeles Kings may not have a former Sabre, the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils all do. Here's a breakdown of who landed where:
Steve Bernier, Danius Zubrus, Henrik Tallinder
While both Bernier and Zubrus were rental players for playoff contention, both have ended up in New Jersey and in position to fight for the Eastern Conference's spot for the Cup. Tallinder, who spent a few seasons on the Sabres' blue line, is currently on the injured reserve for the Devils, but is still listed on the active roster.
Fan favorite backup goaltender, Biron had a few stops along the way but has landed in New York where he is still a voice in the locker room. Noted for his solid play as a backup and his leadership, Biron may find himself an unsung hero in New York if the Rangers can win it all.
Taylor Pyatt, Raffi Torres
Torres spent a short amount of time in Buffalo after being traded from Columbus and has since been in Vancouver and now Phoenix. Torres was suspended earlier in the playoffs for an illegal hit, but is now back on the ice. Pyatt played a few seasons in Buffalo after being traded from the New York Islanders. Pyatt is having a good playoffs so far and is looking to help Phoenix bounce back into their series with the Kings.
Both series are two games in, with the Kings up on the Coyotes 2-0 and the Devils and Ranger tied 1-1. Over the next week or two, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be set and it will be time to see if any former Sabres players get their chance to finally lift the Cup.
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