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Among the offseason issues the Sabres need to address is the future of interim coach Ron Rolston.

“You can’t pinpoint this on the one game.. We had chances all year to get points.” They squandered them for a variety of reasons, ranging from internal factors of talent level and effort to external dynamics such as bitterness and atmosphere.. Whichever reason fans, players, coaches, management and ownership choose, it points to another postseason on the sidelines — the second straight during an unacceptable slide of four of six and seven of 11.. A tumultuous season — which featured a lockout, the firing of Lindy Ruff, bickering between the team, fans and media, and more losses than wins — could lead to a tumultuous offseason.. The Sabres might have changes in everything from management to players to their television and radio broadcasts.. Buffalo, which has simulcast Rick Jeanneret’s play-by-play on television and radio since 1997, is expected to split the two feeds beginning next season, multiple sources tell The Buffalo News.. Different announcing teams would represent MSG and WGR-AM 550.. Jeanneret has already said he promised to call every game for this season only, which will leave an undetermined void for the television broadcasts.. Meanwhile, the team needs to examine whether to retain General Manager Darcy Regier after another team assembled by him failed.. The GM, whether it’s Regier or a replacement, will need to determine whether to remove the interim title from coach Ron Rolston or hire a new bench boss. source: http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130421/SPORTS/130429831/1004

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(AP) – The New York Rangers scored five times in a span of less than 3 minutes and Brad Richards notched his first NHL hat trick in an 8-4 rout of the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.. Sabres vs.. Penguins Game Moved to Tuesday 12:33 AM, Apr 20, 2013 Due to the events in Boston, and the rescheduling of Boston’s game against Pittsburgh from tonight until tomorrow, the NHL has moved tomorrow night’s game between the Sabres and Penguins in Pittsburgh to Tuesday night.. Sabres & Bruins Salute Fans After Boston Bombing 12:31 AM, Apr 19, 2013 Emerging from a moment of silence with a deafening cheer, fans at the Bruins-Sabres NHL game paid tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing with a stirring national anthem and a thunderous chant of “U.S.A.!” Sabres and Bruins to Play following Marathon Attack 9:13 PM, Apr 16, 2013 The NHL has confirmed to Channel 2’s Adam Benigni that Wednesday’s game between the Sabres and Boston Bruins will take place as scheduled.. Grigorenko Rejoins Sabres 9:03 PM, Apr 16, 2013 BUFFALO, N.Y.. (AP) – Sabres center Mikhail Grigorenko is back in Buffalo after the rookie first-round draft pick completed his junior season in Quebec.. Bruins’ game postponed in wake of Boston Marathon explosions 12:25 AM, Apr 16, 2013 As of late Monday night, the Sabres remained scheduled to fly to Boston for Wednesday night’s game against the Bruins despite the postponement and cancellation of games Monday and Tuesday night at TD Garden.. Enroth, Sabres stay hot in 3-1 win over Lightning 12:11 AM, Apr 15, 2013 BUFFALO, N.Y.. (AP) – Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots in helping the Buffalo Sabres keep up their late-season playoff push with a 3-1 win over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.. Enroth stops 29 in Sabres’ 1-0 win over Flyers 10:39 PM, Apr 13, 2013 BUFFALO, N.Y.. (AP) – Jhonas Enroth stopped 29 shots to help the Buffalo Sabres remain on the fringe of the playoff race with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.. Pegula scales back Sabres title expectations 10:39 PM, Apr 13, 2013 BUFFALO, N.Y. source: http://www.wgrz.com/(S(gae21n45twlwgi2xf2ouxx45))/sports/pro_hockey/nhl/sabres/default.aspx

Playoffs or no, Sabres still have long way to go

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“I think all year they’ve done that,” offered Cody Hodgson , who scored the tying goal for the Sabres with 27 seconds left in regulation.. “But we keep hanging around.” Good on the Sabres — those who remained after GM Darcy Regier sent captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota and veteran defenseman Robyn Regehr , who was supposed to be a big part of the Sabres’ rise to glory, to Los Angeles at the trade deadline — if they pull off the miracle run to the postseason.. But the fact remains games like this forestall the inevitable, and that is an offseason that looms as one of the most important in franchise history.. Not bad enough to ensnare a Sidney Crosby or Patrick Kane or Seth Jones with a top draft pick.. Not good enough to be playing when it really counts.. The curse of the eternally gray; not quite in hockey hell, nowhere near puck heaven.. There are two ways this can go for the Sabres.. Either owner Terry Pegula follows up the firing of longtime coach Lindy Ruff earlier this season and replaces Regier, hoping to change what has become a culture of mediocrity, or he keeps Regier — the longest-serving GM in the NHL right now — hoping against hope that history does not continue to repeat itself.. In spite of Wednesday’s improbable win — one in which they were out-shot 43-32 and could muster little in the way of scoring chances in spite of a four-minute power play in the third period — the Sabres appear destined to miss the playoffs for a second straight season.. After qualifying for the Eastern Conference final two years in a row following the previous lockout (2006, 2007) the Sabres have not won a single playoff round since. source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/23478/playoffs-or-no-sabres-still-have-long-way-to-go

 

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