Buffalo Sabres 2014 News and Updates
3/3/14 – The Sabres were part of the biggest NHL trade of-late as the St. Louis Blues acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from Buffalo in exchange for Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart. It was an emotional game in San Jose Friday as the Sabres stunned the Sharks 4-2, completing their third straight win since the Olympic break. After a whirlwind weekend, the team will chase their fourth straight win tonight when they visit the Dallas Stars, the first of three straight road games. Buffalo returns home Mar 9 against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, Chicago Blackhawks. Buffalo Sabres tickets for the Sunday meeting range from $46-$213.
2/26/14 - Sorry Buffalo, but this team is propping up the standings from the bottom with only 15 wins and not even their greatest player ever, Gilbert Perreault could get them into the playoffs now. But the loyal Sabres fans will be hoping for a strong finish and have solace in the fact they have 6 of the top 60 picks in the draft. Another plus is the average price for Buffalo Sabres tickets for their remaining games is only $75 and to see the Chicago Blackhawks when they come to town on March 11 you can get in for under $60. Save some dough for awesome Buffalo wings!
2/21/14 – The Sabres (15-34-8) will return to the ice post-Olympics Feb 25 when Buffalo hosts the Carolina Hurricanes. Buffalo Sabres tickets for the team’s first game back are relatively cheap, costing fans anywhere from $26-$90 for a seat inside First Niagara Center. During the break, the Sabres released Linus Omark. The forward was acquired in a trade with Edmonton on Dec 19, giving up a conditional sixth-round draft pick. Omark’s stay in Buffalo was quick lived; the 27-year-old Swede had two assists in 13 games with the Sabres.
2/4/14 – Buffalo has dropped nine of their last eleven, including a disappointing 2-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers Monday. After missing four games with an upper body injury, forward Drew Stafford returned to the Sabres lineup, scoring a goal for Buffalo; but Stafford’s contribution wasn’t enough to take out Edmonton. Hard-hitter Tyler Myers left the game with about four and a half minutes left in the second period with a lower body injury and did not return. As Sabres turn their attention to the trade deadline, the roster looks forward to an Olympic break in which they can regroup. The Sabres are twenty plus points out of the second and final wild card spot and it would take a miracle to come within reach of a playoff berth.
Buffalo Sabres 2013-2014 Season
No major changes were made to the Buffalo Sabres roster this offseason. The only major change this 2013-2014 NHL season will come to their Division. All of the Buffalo Sabres rivals are opponents from the former Northeast Division. Last year every team in the Sabres Division finished at .500 or better and four of the five teams advanced to the NHL Playoffs. In 2013, the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, and Tampa Bay Lightning join the former Northeast Division to become the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference.
Prior to the NHL realignment, the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres were the only two American teams in the League. The Bruins and Sabres have had a rivalry running back to the 1970’s. Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins tickets at First Niagara Center this season average $208 (2/26), $192 (129), and $156 (10/23). Another rivalry that began back when the Sabres joined the league is Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens. Tickets to the matches on Buffalo ice average $210 (3/16) in the fourth most expensive game on the Sabres schedule and $168 (11/17). The Sabres newest rival, Ottawa Senators, will play in the home opener averaging $152 (10/4) and in mid-December for an average of $129 (12/10). Due to proximity, the Buffalo Sabres also have a rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sabres vs. Leafs tickets average $208 (11/9), $204 (11/15), and $74 (9/21 preseason).
Buffalo Sabres tickets are up 14% since last year. Despite the price of Sabres tickets going up an average of $18 a ticket in 2013, they now rank sixteenth in the NHL (last year Buffalo was the 10th most expensive ticket in the league).