Buffalo Sabres: Post-Trade Deadline How They Were Built

In the midst of what has been a historically bad Buffalo Sabres season, new GM Tim Murray is taking the club into a full rebuild. Many of the club’s most recognized names such as goaltender Ryan Miller and forwards Steve Ott and Matt Moulson have been traded away for picks and prospects. Murray will remold the team over the next few seasons with the goal of turning this now struggling franchise into a perennial contender.

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The current roster is made up of a mix of these new players as well as some players brought in under former GM Darcy Regier. Keeping tabs on the current roster has proven to be a challenging task with all the turnover and new faces. While GM Tim Murray will continue to reconstruct the roster this offseason and beyond, here is a snapshot of the current group and how they became members of the Buffalo Sabres.

The Post-Trade Deadline 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres Roster:

Forwards

Ville Leino
Position: C/W ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: October 6, 1983 (age 30) in Savonlinna, Finland
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by the Sabres in 2011
Contract: 6 years/$27,000,000

Cody Hodgson
Position: C ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 194 lbs.
Born: February 18, 1990 (age 24) in Toronto, Ontario
Drafted: Selected by Vancouver in the first round (10th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Vancouver (along with Alexander Sulzer) for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani in 2012
Contract: 6 years/$25,500,000

Chris Stewart
Position: RW ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 231 lbs.
Born: October 30, 1987 (age 26) in Toronto, Ontario
Drafted: Selected by Colorado in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from St. Louis (along with Jaroslav Halak, William Carrier, 1st in 2015 and conditional 3rd in 2016) for Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in 2014
Contract: 2 years/$8,300,000

Drew Stafford
Position: RW/LW ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 214 lbs.
Born: October 30, 1985 (age 28) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the first round (13th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Contract: 4 years/$16,000,000

Tyler Ennis
Position: C/W ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 5-9 ▪ Weight: 157 lbs.
Born: October 6, 1989 (age 24) in Edmonton, Alberta
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the first round (26th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.
Contract: 2 years/$5,625,000

Torrey Mitchell
Position: W/C ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 5-11 ▪ Weight: 190 lbs.
Born: January 30, 1985 (age 29) in Greenfield Park, Quebec
Drafted: Selected by San Jose in the fourth round (126th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Minnesota (along with a 2nd in 2014 and a 2nd in 2016) for Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick in 2014
Contract: 3 years/$5,700,000

Zenon Konopka
Position: C/LW ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 213 lbs.
Born: January 2, 1981 (age 33) in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Wild in 2014
Contract: 2 years/$1,850,000

Zemgus Girgensons
Position: C/W ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 194 lbs.
Born: January 1, 1994 (age 20) in Riga, Latvia
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the first round (14th overall) of the 2012 Entry Draft.
Contract: 3 years/$4,200,000

Cory Conacher
Position: LW/RW ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 5-8 ▪ Weight: 179 lbs.
Born: December 14, 1989 (age 24) in Burlington, Ontario
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from the Ottawa Senators in 2014
Contract: 2 years/$1,850,000

Marcus Foligno
Position: W/C ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-3 ▪ Weight: 226 lbs.
Born: August 10, 1991 (age 22) in Buffalo, NY
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2009 Entry Draft.
Contract: 3 years/$2,700,000

Johan Larsson
Position: C/LW ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 5-10 ▪ Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: July 25, 1992 (age 21) in Lau, Sweden
Drafted: Selected by Minnesota in the second round (56th overall) of the 2010 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Minnesota (along with Matt Hackett, 1st in 2013 and 2nd in 2014 for Jason Pominville and a 4th in 2014)
Contract: 3 years/$2,700,000

John Scott
Position: LW/D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-8 ▪ Weight: 270 lbs.
Born: September 26, 1982 (age 31) in Edmonton, Alberta
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: signed as an unrestricted free agent by Buffalo in 2012
Contract: 1 year/$750,000

Brian Flynn
Position: RW/C ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: July 26, 1988 (age 25) in Lynnfield, MA
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: signed by Buffalo in 2012
Contract: 2 years/$1,275,000

Matt D’Agostini
Position: W/C ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 198 lbs.
Born: October 23, 1986 (age 27) in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Drafted: Selected by Montreal in the sixth round (190th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft.
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013
Contract: 1 year/$550,000

Matt Ellis
Position: C/W ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-0 ▪ Weight: 212 lbs.
Born: August 31, 1981 (age 32) in Welland, Ontario
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: Claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings in 2008
Contract: 2 years/$1,100,000

Defensemen

Tyler Myers
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-8 ▪ Weight: 227 lbs.
Born: February 1, 1990 (age 24) in Houston, TX
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the first round (12th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.
Contract: 7 years/$38,500,000

Christian Ehrhoff
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 203 lbs.
Born: July 6, 1982 (age 31) in Moers, West Germany
Drafted: Selected by San Jose in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2001 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from New York Islanders for a conditional 7th round selection in 2011
Contract: 10 years/$40,000,000

Henrik Tallinder
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-4 ▪ Weight: 215 lbs.
Born: January 10, 1979 (age 35) in Stockholm, Sweden
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the second round (48th overall) of the 1997 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from New Jersey Devils for Riley Boychuk
Contract: 4 years/$13,500,000

Jamie McBain
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 200 lbs.
Born: February 25, 1988 (age 26) in Edina, MN
Drafted: Selected by Carolina in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Carolina (along with 2nd round selection in 2013) for Andrej Sekera
Contract: 2 years/$3,600,000

Mike Weber
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 211 lbs.
Born: December 16, 1987 (age 26) in Pittsburgh, PA
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.
Contract: 3 years/$5,000,000

Chad Ruhwedel
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 5-11 ▪ Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: May 7, 1990 (age 23) in San Diego, CA
Drafted: not drafted
Acquired: Signed by Buffalo in 2013
Contract: 2 years/$1,950,000

Rasmus Ristolainen
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 6-3 ▪ Weight: 201 lbs.
Born: October 27, 1994 (age 19) in Turku, Finland
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the first round (8th overall) of the 2013 Entry Draft.
Contract: 3 years/$5,325,000

Alexander Sulzer
Position: D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 204 lbs.
Born: May 30, 1984 (age 29) in Kaufbeuren, West Germany
Drafted: Selected by Nashville in the third round (92nd overall) of the 2003 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Vancouver (along with Cody Hodgson) for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani in 2012
Contract: 1 year/$725,000

Nicolas Deslauriers
Position: LW/D ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 214 lbs.
Born: February 22, 1991 (age 23) in LaSalle, Quebec
Drafted: Selected by Los Angeles in the third round (84th overall) of the 2009 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Los Angeles (along with Hudson Fasching) for Brayden McNabb, Jonathan Parker, 2nd in 2014 and a 2nd in 2015
Contract: 3 years/$2,150,000

Goaltenders

Michal Neuvirth
Position: G ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-1 ▪ Weight: 209 lbs.
Born: March 23, 1988 (age 26) in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
Drafted: Selected by Washington in the second round (34th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Washington (along with Rostislav Klesla) for Jaroslav Halak and a 3rd in 2015
Contract: 2 years/$5,000,000

Jhonas Enroth
Position: G ▪ Shoots: Right
Height: 5-10 ▪ Weight: 166 lbs.
Born: June 25, 1988 (age 25) in Stockholm, Sweden
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the second round (46th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.
Contract: 2 years/$2,500,000

Matt Hackett
Position: G ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-2 ▪ Weight: 173 lbs.
Born: March 7, 1990 (age 24) in London, Ontario
Drafted: Selected by Minnesota in the second round (77th overall) of the 2009 Entry Draft.
Acquired: from Minnesota (along with Matt Hackett, 1st in 2013 and 2nd in 2014 for Jason Pominville and a 4th in 2014)
Contract: 1 year/$715,000

Nathan Lieuwen
Position: G ▪ Shoots: Left
Height: 6-5 ▪ Weight: 186 lbs.
Born: August 8, 1991 (age 22) in Abbotsford, British Columbia
Drafted: Selected by Buffalo in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2011 Entry Draft.
Contract: 3 years/$1,765,000


Tim Olewniczak

Tim Olewniczak

I began writing for The Hockey Writers in July 2013. I have been following hockey for over 25 years, played it as a kid, and I am proud to cover the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild. Follow me on Twitter @TOHockeyTHW
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  1. Drew Stafford was selected by Buffalo, not Colorado.

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