Hockey Players who Played for Kings and Sabres

My guess is you’ve searched this page out because you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.

If I’m right, that also means that today’s grid is asking for players who have played for both the Los Angeles Kings and the Buffalo Sabres.

And, I’m also guessing that you’re a little stuck on this particular square and you’re looking for a little help to keep your grid immaculate. Sound about right so far?

Well, good news, I’m here to help.

I’ve already done the research and have put together a list of well-known stars along with some more “under-the-radar” players that could land you a low rarity score.

Alexei Zhitnik

Alexei Zhitnik, a prominent defenseman, began his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1992 after being drafted 81st overall in 1991. His career in the NHL spanned over 15 seasons across five teams, including a significant period with the Buffalo Sabres.

Zhitnik played an instrumental role in the Kings’ Stanley Cup Finals run in his rookie season and helped the Sabres win the Northeast Division in the 1996-97 season. He also led all defensemen in shorthanded goals in the 1997-98 season and was part of the Sabres’ team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998-99.

His career stats boast 1085 games played, 96 goals, 375 assists, and a total of 471 points, alongside 1268 penalty minutes. He also assisted on Wayne Gretzky’s 1000th goal, and on February 20, 2007, became the eighth defenseman born outside of North America, and the first born in the Soviet Union, to appear in 1,000 NHL games​​​​​​.

Rick Martin

Rick Martin had an illustrious career, primarily with the Buffalo Sabres. Drafted fifth overall by the Sabres in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft, Martin was a dynamic left winger who played 685 NHL games, scoring 384 goals and 317 assists for a total of 701 points.

His best season was in 1974-75, where he scored 52 goals and 95 points in just 68 games. Martin was known for his consistent scoring ability, achieving at least 44 goals five times in his career. He was a seven-time consecutive NHL All-Star Game participant (1972-1978) and was selected for the NHL All-Star First Team twice and the Second Team twice​​.

Martin’s career, however, faced a severe setback on November 8, 1980, due to a knee injury during a game, which led to his trade to the Los Angeles Kings in 1981, where he played only four games before retiring. His legacy includes holding several Buffalo Sabres franchise records, including for hat tricks and 40-goal seasons.

Martin Key Stats

  • 40+ Goal Season (Sabres)

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