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This was a record-breaking season for Buffalo (and not in a good way)

Apr 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

Great news, Buffalo Sabres fans: the 2013-14 season is over. That’s pretty much all the good news, though, aside from thoughts about the next draft or two.

With that out of the way, the Sabres broke an array of team records in all the wrong ways. PHT’s own Joe Yerdon shares the most embarrassing one:

Before Sunday’s game, the Buffalo News’ John Vogl pointed out the new lows the Sabres were ready to set. Here’s a quick list:

  • Naturally, the Sabres also set a new low for team goals (the previous total was 190 in 2002-03).
  • They’ve never had fewer double-digit goal scorers (just four, down from seven) and have never seen lower top team marks in goals, assists or points.
  • Not a record here, but something to twist the “Pegulamania” knife a little deeper: Ville Leino finishes the season with zero goals and 38 shots on goal in 58 games. Oof.

So, long story short, this Sabres was one of the worst team in ages at scoring goals. At least there’s (probably) nowhere to go but up, though, right?

  1. prd797 - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Well, at least it can’t get any worse for the Sabres.

    Wonder if somebody will make a counter for the number of days Ville Leino has gone without a real goal.

    I got a real chuckle out of the Scott Gomez counter when he was with Montreal.

    At least he’ll be busy not scoring somewhere else next season.

    • prd797 - Apr 13, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      *Real goal implying a non-shoot out goal, to make sure that’s clear.

    • 19inarow - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      Oh, it can get worse: five more seasons of this.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

        If so, maybe we ought to invest in paper bag companies. Sabres fans will need many bags to cover our faces in shame if they play like they did this year. I think likely half of that team, at least, has to go. They already started with Linus and his blanket, sucking his thumb all the way to Europe. His NHL “Career” is done.
        Leino’s may be as well. If they need to get to the cap floor, much less the top of the salary cap. maybe they should just cut Leino and take the hit instead of a compliance buyout.

  2. stcrowe - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    It also seems that Tim Murray and Ted Nolan have a handle on the rebuild.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Really? How so unless you figure that over half, if not more, of that team, needs to be gone next season.

  3. sabresfanallday - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Ted does not Tim

  4. fivetozeroingame7 - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    That’s almost as embarrassing as the Washington Capitals.

  5. djshnooks - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Tim has fine control of this rebuild, he was a great hire and has already made great moves…but he makes his money in scouting, so the draft will tell how he’s doing. They will be fine, and back to the playoffs within 3 years. We all expected this, the rookies look good…the rest in Rochester that have come in the past few weeks are undefeated in April and now have the Amerks in a playoff spot.

    This rebuild will be fine. Be patient.

    It will be well the worth wait when we compete for President’s trophies…rather than chasing 8th place and mediocrity.

    To the rest of the teams, good luck in the playoffs…especially the Blues and Miller!

    • bullwinkle88 - Apr 14, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      Whatever Murray does will be built upon the foundation created by Darcy Regier.

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:47 AM

        That is a very scarey thought. Yes, Darcy got some good picks, but only because they were already finishing with high picks.
        I think they have to take a good, long look at the strength and conditioning program. Way too many injuries and way too many times they were manhandled off the puck.

  6. bauer98 - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    I might be the only one saying this, but I think the biggest reason for Leino not scoring, was the lack of motivation. With a new team I wouldn’t be suprised if he got 20 goals or so.. He was just circling around, doing nothing, not even trying to help the team.

  7. billsin20xx - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Loved Nolans comments after the game about how the fans supported them last night and how they are going to change this team to one that this city will support, i.e. not the finesse team Regier tried to build over 17 years but a battling team that will work.

  8. ralphwilsonisrich - Apr 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    And the fans showed up for that all season long. Sabres should reimburse everyone.

  9. pmoore54 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I am completely fine with this rebuild as a Sabres fan. We have had ONE top 5 pick in the past 25 years (Vanek). Teams like Red Wings can boast similar numbers, but the Sabres haven’t had all that much success. That means, with the exception of a few years in the late 90’s and mid-2000’s, the Sabres have been scratching and clawing to get to 8th place almost every year. Make it and we get bounced by a superior team…miss it and we can the 13th pick and the chance to pick a decent prospect. Finally it’s something different and we can look forward to having some stars. Why do I think this will be different than the Oilers of the past five years? Tim Murray has been accumulating prospects and 2nd round picks too, to supplement some of these elite prospects that we’ll get over the next few years with 2nd and 3rd liners. Edmonton has a solid top 4-5 forwards and almost nothing else. It might not work, but would you rather be a Sabres fan right now looking towards the future? Or a fan of Winnipeg, Carolina, or Phoenix, who keep spinning their wheels mediocre teams and mid-round picks?

  10. reeggss - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Completely agree pmore
    We probably have one more year of a top 5 pick but I trust Murray to build this team through the draft especially through next years draft, let’s hope the islanders hang on to this years first rounder.

  11. kclovesgaming - Apr 14, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    They have a lot of years to catch up to Edmonton in being consistently bad though. Being an Oil fan is incredibly frustrating. 😦

  12. earpaniac - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    With the assets they’ve acquired as long as they use them correctly, this team will be a monster in 3-4 years. Until then, it’s going to be rough.

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