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A Look Back at Miroslav Satan’s Days with the Buffalo Sabres

May 21st, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Former Buffalo Sabres' star Miroslav Satan announced his retirement from hockey yesterday,  but his contributions to the organization in the late 90s and early 2000s cannot be overlooked.

'Miroslav Satan (April 23rd 2010)' photo (c) 2010, Naomi - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Satan was Buffalo's main goal scoring threat in the 1998-1999 season, where he compiled 40 goals and helped the Sabres reach the Stanley Cup Finals. Satan scored more than 20 goals in every season he played for Buffalo, not counting the 12 games he played for them after being acquired in the 1996-1997 season. Still, he managed eight goals in those 12 games.

Unfortunately for the Sabres, and Satan, the early 2000s were a period of rebuilding for the Sabres. Dominik Hasek had been traded to Detroit, and Buffalo continued to miss the playoffs year after year, and Satan had become the focal point of trade speculation in Buffalo

Satan was never traded, but his contract was never renewed with Buffalo and he signed with the New York Islanders just before the 2005-2006 season. Ironically, the same season the Sabres began their back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals trips. There's no telling what Satan could have done with the team that featured Chris Drury, Danny Briere and a young Thomas Vanek. Satan would, however, finally find Stanley Cup glory in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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