Well, if there was any doubt on the fate of the Sabres - I called this weeks ago -, they proved tonight why they don't deserve to be one of the 8 Eastern Conference teams left standing for the 2008 NHL postseason.
But beware of the spin! In the coming days and weeks, these are the things you'll be hearing from Sabres management, head coach Lindy Ruff, and general manager Darcy Regier:
"We're not that far off."
"All things considered..."
followed by either: "It was a good season"
or "It wasn't a terrible season."
"I'm proud of our boys."
/ "There was never a question of effort."
"We faced a lot of adversity"
/ "We battled all season."
"A shootout bounce here, a shootout bounce there..."
"This season was a great learning experience and we'll be better for it."
And a whole lot of: "could of," "should of," and "would of."
Thanks Sabres management. Not like you fooled with the fans all year and drained so many Sabres faithful of their wallets and checkbooks, and misled fans by allowing them to cap season tickets BEFORE July 1st, capitalizing on the playoff run last year. Pathetic.
How appropriate it would be to end a blog like this with something we've heard before: "The sky's not falling."
Of course, those were the infamous words of Darcy Regier just hours after Drury and Briere signed with new teams.
Is it falling now?