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Former Buffalo Sabres Players Sprinkled Across Rosters of Current Playoff Teams

May 10th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

The Buffalo Sabres may not be in the playoffs this season, but there are plenty of former players of the organization that are with current playoff teams.

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Of the 16 playoff teams, 10 of them have at least one player who spent some time as a member of the Sabres. The list goes as follows:

  • New York Islanders: The Islanders technically have three former Sabres on their roster. However, only one has seen game action. Brad Boyes has three assists during the playoffs, while Joe Finley and Eric Boulton has yet to suit up. The Islanders are down 3-2 in their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • New York Rangers: Talk about throwback. The Rangers have former fan-favorite Martin Biron backing up Henrik Lundqvist, and Taylor Pyatt is also a member of the team, who currently has two assists for New York. The Rangers and Capitals are tied 2-2 in their series.
  • Boston Bruins: Daniel Paille is doing for the Bruins what he used to do for Buffalo; work hard and get into the dirty areas. He also has a goal to show for it. Boston currently leads Toronto 3-1 in the series.
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: Clarke MacArthur began his career with the Sabres, but has found a home in Toronto. He is an Alternate Captain for the Leafs and has one goal in the playoffs. Toronto trails Boston 3-1 in the series.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Toni Lydman is backing up the blueline for the Ducks, and has done well. He is a plus-1, but has been sidelined after a cheap shot from Justin Abdelkader. The Ducks lead the Red Wings 3-2 in the series.
  • Minnesota Wild: Probably the team most Sabres fans are pulling for after captain Jason Pominville was traded there at the trade deadline. Pominville played just two games after suffering a concussion late in the regular season. Pominville failed to crack the score sheet and the Wild were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1.
  • Vancouver Canucks: Sabres fans remember the trade that sent Zack Kassian to Vancouver for Cody Hodgson. Kassian had no points and was a minus-1 in the playoffs. Derek Roy also was a part of the team, posting one assist. Vancouver was swept by the San Jose Sharks 4-0.
  • San Jose Sharks: Tim Kennedy was a Buffalo native, who cracked into the league on his hometown team. After being bought out of his newly signed contract, he bounced around the league a bit, finding it difficult to crack a lineup. He played one game for San Jose, but registered no points. The Sharks also have a former Sabres' rental on their squad. Raffi Torres has been the strong, physical force Buffalo thought they were getting when they rented him from Columbus. Torres has one goal thus far and the Sharks swept Vancouver 4-0 in their series.
  • St. Louis Blues: Buffalo began to dismantle their roster when they shipped Jordan Leopold to St. Louis. Leopold has been steady in the Blues' lineup, but has no points and is a minus-2 in the playoffs. The Blues trail the LA Kings 3-2 in their series.
  • LA Kings: Shortly after the Leopold trade, Buffalo sent Robyn Regehr to the Kings. Regehr continues to be physical and even chipped in offensively thus far, registering an assist in the playoffs. His Kings lead the Blues 3-2 in their series.

While some of these players are far removed from the Sabres, and a few of them have yet to play in an actual game, it's interesting to point out the number of former Sabres on playoff teams. While some have already been eliminated, others have already advanced and the probability of a former Sabre winning the Stanley Cup is fairly high, which is more than any player on Buffalo's active roster can say this season.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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