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Sabres Notebook: Drew Stafford returns to Buffalo after 800-game milestone

Drew Stafford admitted he was a naive rookie when the Buffalo Sabres lost to the Ottawa Senators in the 2006-07 Eastern Conference Finals.

Stafford, then a 21-year-old winger, had two goals among four points in the playoffs and thought the Sabres would reach the conference final every year.

When Stafford joined the Sabres from Rochester in October 2006, he was a young player thrust into a dressing room dotted with proven veterans.

Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek, who now plays for Detroit, were 24 and 23 years old, respectively, when the Sabres reached the conference final in Stafford's rookie season.

Stafford has spent much of this season on the fourth line and is learning how to make an impact despite spending long stretches of the game on the bench.

The Buffalo Sabres Foundation will host its second mega raffle Sunday, Feb. 17, in the Lexus Club at KeyBank Center, featuring prizes that include autographed items, team experiences and tickets.

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