Ex Sabres Still In It

Mike BurnsContributor IMay 2, 2010

BOSTON - APRIL 26:  Milan Lucic #17 and Dennis Wideman #6 of the Boston Bruins celebrate teammate Miroslav Satan's game winning goal in the third period against the Buffalo Sabres in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 26, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Sabres 4-3 to win the series.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Yet again April turns to May and the Buffalo Sabres are no longer in the playoffs.  Several ex-sabres are still in the hunt and odds are good at least one of them will have their name engraved in Lord stanley's Cup when it is all said and done come June.

Chicago has Brian Campbell who has played in 4 straight Conference Finals with Buffalo, San Jose and Chicago, probably the one player in the league with more playoff experience over that time span that has not played for Detroit or Pittsburgh.

Vancouver has Steve Bernier - do not remember him, he was only in Buffalo for 18 games.  Part of the Brian Campbell trade to San Jose.  The Sabres were not interested in resigning him.  He has 4 goals and 1 assist in the playoffs and would have been Buffalo's leading scorer in the first round.

Detroit has Brad May on the roster.  He has not appeared in any playoff games but has said he will be ready if needed to step in.  Veteran leader best know for the "May Day" goal in which Buffalo beat Boston in the first round back in 1993. 

San Jose is the only team without a former Sabre on their roster.

Philadelphia has Danny Briere, once the heart and soul of Buffalo's offense, left town as a free agent to sign with the Flyers.  Currently has 3 goals and 4 assists and another player that would have led the Sabres in scoring in the first round.

Pittsburgh has Jay McKee, a crucial part of the Sabres Stanley Cup loss against Dallas in 1999 is still using his body to block key shots and has his name on the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh last year.

Boston has two former Sabres Daniel Paille with 1 assist in the playoffs and played in 74 games for Boston after not finding a spot in the buffalo roster and being traded soon after the start of the season.  Miroslav Satan signed with the Bruins during the season after helping the Penguins win a Stanley Cup last season has 3 goals and 4 assists in this years playoffs.

Montreal is another team with 2 former Sabres on its roster.  Dominic Moore was a trade day acquisition for Buffalo last season and another player that could not find a regular shift with the team.  Quickly he fell out of favor with Lindy Ruff and did not sign with Buffalo in the off season.  He has 2 key goals in the Canadians first round upset of the Capitals.  Jaroslav Spacek is another key player for Montreal that fell out of favor with Ruff and has 2 assists along with strong blueline support for the upstart Canadians.

Who will get their name engraved this season on the world's hardest trophy to win?  Maybe Raffe Torres, Henrik Tallinder or Toni Lydman will be playing into the second round next season.  Regardless who it is I am sure they are happier in their current sititution than when they played for Ruff.