For many Sabres fans, a sense of disappointment may still linger after the Sabres dreadful Game 7 exit to the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.
And rightly so.
It was as if the Sabres had left their starting lineup back in Buffalo and instead dressed a band of junior-league misfits to take their place.
Either way, it was apparent the team had left it all on the ice for a Game 6 loss which saw any chance they had at an upset subsequently die with Ville Leino’s overtime goal. It sure wasn’t the same Sabres team we came to know and love over their incredible run the past few months of the season.
Despite the team’s lackluster Game 7 performance, Sabres fans everywhere have much to look forward to.
Terry Pegula purchased the team back in February and ever since his arrival in Buffalo, he has brought new hope to an organization that has all but lost whatever glimmer of promise it had leftover from their ’06 and ’07 campaigns.
This off-season is probably the most important one the team has faced in years and brings many tough questions the front office will need to answer with no room to miss.
Pegula has brought in Ted Black to assist in the operation of the team and has put his initial trust into incumbents GM Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff. Major changes have already come about and the image of the franchise has been entirely transformed.
The locker room will see new renovations that have already begun.
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