Stafford (10/30/1985, 6-2,220 lbs) appeared in 79 games last season collecting NHL career-highs in goals (20), assists (25) and points (45). During the 2008-09 campaign, Stafford had 12 multi-point games and picked up his second career hat trick on January 12 against the Edmonton Oilers.
In three NHL seasons with Buffalo, Stafford has totaled 110 points (49+61) in 184 games.
The native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was selected by the Sabres in the first round (13th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.
— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82