5 Dirtiest Buffalo Sabres Players In Franchise History

By Darrell Samuels

5 Dirtiest Buffalo Sabres Players In Franchise History

Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo Sabres
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5 Dirtiest Buffalo Sabres Players In Franchise History

Matthew Barnaby, Buffalo Sabres
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The Buffalo Sabres came into the NHL during the 1970-71 NHL season. Throughout their history, they have had a lot of players on their roster that have driven some opponents beyond mad with the way they play. They have made the playoffs 29 times and have zero Stanley Cups in their history. What they have had is a series of players who have constantly paraded their way to the penalty box.

5. John Scott, Left Wing/Defenseman

Scott may have only played two seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, but he wasn’t immune from the pest bug. During his tenure with Buffalo he played only 90 games, scoring one goal and putting up 194 penalty minutes. One particular play that warrants the dirty play is his illegal hit to the head of Boston Bruins Loui Eriksson. This play earned him a seven game suspension.

4. Larry Playfair, Defenseman

Playfair was one of the best thugs on the Sabres' roster. He was known for punching his opponents and not letting them up until they were on the ground and called out ‘Uncle’. It didn’t matter the level of play of his opponent. He even struck fear in Boston Bruins tough guy Terry O’Reilly.

3. Brad May, Left Wing

Enforcer, Brad May, has scored one of the most famous “May day” goals in Buffalo Sabres' history, but he has had plays that have utterly knocked people out cold. Now he's known more for his pugilistic abilities. He has 1323 penalty minutes over his seven year career with the Sabres' organization, while putting up 156 points.

2. Matthew Barnaby, Right Wing

Barnaby, affectionately nicknamed "Bam Bam", played with the Buffalo Sabres briefly in the 1992-93 season. He only made it halfway through the 1998-99 season and then was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He went on to play with five other NHL organizations, before retiring in the 2006-07 season with the Dallas Stars. There isn’t a particular play that stands out during his tenure with the Sabres, but this video highlights the many plays that made him worthy of the No. 2 spot.

1. Rob Ray, RIght Wing

Fans are not immune to acting foolish at NHL games. Sabres’ enforcer, Rob Ray, found this out when he put his hands on a fan who was in a clearly inebriated state. Not to condone the behavior of this particular fan, but in no way shape or form are players given a right to put their hands on a fan. Since retiring Ray has now become the Sabres' color commentator, working with play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret.

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