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Sabres’ misery continues at hands of Blue Jackets

Oct 10, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 10: Steve Ott #9 of the Buffalo Sabres attracts the attention of front row fans before their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 10, 2013 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

Thomas Vanek scored a highlight reel goal midway through the first period. It was his second marker of the season — which accounts for 40% of all Sabres’ goals through five games.

The Buffalo Sabres have been miserable this season and that’s been highlighted by their near total inability to find the back of the net. They suffered a 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight and are now off to a 0-4-1 start.

Going into the 2013-14 campaign, the Sabres looked like a team in transition and it’s entirely possible that Vanek and goaltender Ryan Miller will be traded before the end of the season, but even by those standards, this start is tough for Buffalo fans to swallow. Towards the end of the game, those in attendance at First Niagara Center started to chant for the firing of long-time GM Darcy Regier, according to the Buffalo News’ John Vogl.

Unfortunately, things don’t get any easier for Buffalo from here as its next contest is against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Meanwhile, the Columbus Blue Jackets are now 2-1-0 going into Saturday’s match versus the Boston Bruins.

  1. pxland - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    At some point you just gotta start feeling bad for the sabres. But we are nowhere near that point yet.

    • buckeye044 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I feel bad for Miller. Rest of them give very little effort.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    When will they blow this team up

    • leninthebuff - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      This team has already been blown up the last 2 yrs…the old core is just about gone except Miller and Vanek and they will be gone by years end. Wish Stafford would go also but nobody wants him.

      This whole situation smells of when Pittsburgh got Crosby and Malkin, Ted Black was with Pittsburgh back then and he mentioned numerous times on the radio that Pittsburgh’s fate turned around on those two picks. Buffalo did absolutely nothing to improve this team during the off season, they will be trading their two best players Vanek and Miller by seasons end and Regier said to expect some suffering…this all adds up to a top 2 pick in this years and next years draft in my opinion. Can Reinhardt or Nylander and maybe McDavid do for Buffalo what Crosby and Malkin did for Pittsburh? Time will tell

      • leninthebuff - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        I forgot to add they hire Rolston without ever doing even one other interview with guys like Eakins or Roy. Rolston is in over his head and is set up to fail.

      • buddysguys - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        let me know when the next Crosby and Malkin come along….those are once in a lifetime players.

      • leninthebuff - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        I’m not saying they are the next coming of Crosby and Malkin but they are at this point the highest rated prospects in the draft and that’s all you can shoot for. In my opinion that is what the Sabres are doing. Kane and Toews may not be as good as Crosby and Malkin but what team wouldn’t take Kane and Toews.

      • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:24 AM

        leninthebuff – there are a TON of “once in a lifetime” players, though. Toews, Kane, Ovechkin, Stamkos….new heros are drafted every year. There are great players to be had.

      • buddysguys - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        any team would take Kane or Towes good luck trying to find palyers of that caliber in the draft thats all im saying.

        And Hockey412 you named 4 franchise changing players over the last 10 years. Ask the oilers about top picks and franchise changing players. Good players are there to be had…GREAT PLAYERS not so much.

    • thesportsjudge - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      When they fire the clown of a GM is when they “blow this team up”.

  3. alswingman - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Well, at least they have that two shade of yellow third jersey going for them.

  4. buffalo65 - Oct 11, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Blow what up?

    • buddysguys - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      exactly cant get any younger…..or worse.

  5. matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    It’s a badly built team and Darcy Regier needs to go. They have a tough guy that can’t play (Scott), a massive defenseman who doesn’t like to hit anything (Myers), a fake tough guy who likes to cheap shot guys and not answer for it, other than to head butt guys (Keleta), a (part time) captain who is really just a glorified agitator and one of the least liked (at least on the ice) players in the league (Ott), and a whiny goalie who, while great, has never been known as a great teammate (Miller).

    Other teams don’t respect the Sabres and take liberties with them constantly. Just a bad mix with no “winning” pedigree. They need to blow it up and the first guy they should trade out of there is Miller. He may not be well liked, but he is an excellent goalie and after his battle fatigue it could benefit the Sabres (you could still get a pretty good package for him) to trade him to a team that has a chance to win. He’s a free agent and it’s hard to imagine he’s going to resign there.

  6. thesportsjudge - Oct 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I love the fact this team is sucking. Ott as a part-time captain? Employing Kaleta at all? Crybaby Miller?

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