Apr 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy (27) dives to try to deflect a shot by New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) as Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) defends the net during the third period at the First Niagara Center. Rangers beat the Sabres 8-4. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres Fall Short, but There's Hope

The Buffalo Sabres are officially out of the running for a Playoff spot. Friday night the New York Rangers got a few lucky bounces, and a few good goals, and well let’s just say they out worked the desperate Sabres. However, there may be some positives in this sad season.

The 8-4 loss highlights the needs for better talent and a team with more heart.  At times the Sabres look flat  and a bit lost. There were moments when the Sabres played the desperate style of hockey needed, but sadly it wasn’t enough. That sadness will be one thing fans remember about this season.

There are  positives that can come out of this mess of a season.  The Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres have some younger talent that may get the chance to showcase their skills on the NHL ice.  Hopefully this messed up season can have a silver lining, and give the Sabres and their fans a glimpse of the future. At times this year the Sabres have looked like an AHL team, and now there is a good reason for them to use their AHL team and get the future Sabres some NHL experience.

Over this shortened season the Buffalo Sabres have given fans very little to cheer for, or to look forward to. Let me be the first to say, maybe next year. Next year’s Sabres may look nothing like this years, or at least the names on the jerseys should look different.  With only three games left this could be Ryan Millers swan song, Thomas Vanek’s future is unknown as well.  The Sabres have two possible NHL goaltenders David Leggio, and Matt Hackett sitting Rochester. Fans may very well see one of the two of them between the pipes next year. The Americans also have some offensive power that the Sabres may tap into come next year. Johan Larsson and Zemgus Girgensons are two forwards that the Sabres should bring up next year. If that comes true, there may be little need to keep Vanek , and maybe let them be able  to finally show Stafford the door.

While the Sabres year is coming to an end, and this season will be forever remembered as one of the biggest disasters in Sabres history, there is hope. It may take a few years, and it may take a complete front office overhaul, but the Sabres have the draft picks, and young players needed to start the rebuild. This offseason will be one fans watch closely. Once the ice melts, the real challenges will start. It’s time to buckle down and get to work.

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