Despite having three games left, the Buffalo Sabres season is basically over since the New York Rangers eliminated them from the playoff race last night while handing them a devastating 8-4 loss. It seems to be an appropriate end since the team has been struggling throughout the season, especially when it was surprising that they had a chance at a playoff spot at all.
What’s the problem with the Sabres? Well it certainly wasn’t the coach, Lindy Ruff, who was fired back in February although you could argue that the coach is typically the scapegoat for when things aren’t going particularly well with a team. Not much has changed with the Sabres since then. It could be the fact that they’re a young team without much of a veteran presence to round them all up and lead them in the right direction. It could be a matter of chemistry. It could also be that Buffalo doesn’t really have any players that step up when they need it either. That may be more important than a veteran.
It could be any number of these things, but whatever it is, they can end this season and start focusing on it with the draft so they can start fresh next season. But first they have to face three more opponents starting with the Winnipeg Jets Monday night.