There is an old saying that once you hit rock bottom there is nowhere to go but up.
After losing to the Edmonton Oilers last night, the Buffalo Sabres have now hit rock bottom. Last night’s loss solidifies Buffalo’s claim as the worst team in the NHL and it stings for fans all over Western New York. Now there should be nowhere for the team to go but up — hopefully.
Things cannot get any worse for the Sabres; that much is guaranteed. Even if Buffalo lost all of its remaining games it would still be the worst team in the NHL and the bottom step that every other team stands on when they make their way up the standings. There certainly is a lot of promise in Buffalo with rookies like Phil Varone and Zemgus Girgensons, but there is plenty of mystery surrounding key players like Ryan Miller and Matt Moulson.
When Buffalo Sabres’ play-by-play man Dan Dunleavy mentioned the fact that the Winter Olympic break starts next week, color analyst and former Sabres tough guy Rob Ray responded by saying “it can’t come fast enough.” Ray knows how bad this team is; maybe he didn’t mean for his statement to be heard, but he is only saying what the rest of Western New York is thinking.
Buffalo is a bad hockey team, and last night proved just how bad it is. Sure, the referees took a goal away from the Sabres that should have counted, but that really doesn’t matter. The mere idea that Buffalo had to scrape to score goals against Edmonton shows just how lost this team is.
Fans can only hope that general manager Tim Murray knows the way out of the wilderness. If he doesn’t then the Olympic break won’t be nearly long enough for the entire organization.