It’s only fitting that the Buffalo Sabres watched their playoff hopes die with the rest of us.
For so much of the year these players were passengers on this team, watching while a player or two carried the load for a stretch of time. Call it a lack of leadership, call it indifference, call it whatever you want; the fact of the matter is that this team never felt the need to take charge of their season for the past two years, and this is the consequence.
The Rangers game was the final blow, but I think we all know the Sabres did this to themselves long ago. If they don’t blow a two goal lead to Atlanta at home that Rangers game doesn’t matter, and the same goes for all the other points that slipped away down the line. Ottawa, the Islanders, and even that Penguins game so many months ago.
I think what I’ve realized over the past week is that the Sabres are not inconsistent. In fact they are perfectly consistent, both in potential, effort, and actual performance. This team is in the middle of things, so to speak, and after two-plus years of sitting there I think a lot of people are sick of it. I know I am.
I have no idea what the Sabres do this summer, but you have to hope it is significant. This team needs leadership, and bringing in one veteran isn’t going to be enough. This isn’t about Briere and Drury, we’re well past that; this is the inability of these players to become leaders for themselves. If they aren’t able to do it, it’s Darcy’s job to get them out of here and get someone who can.
Just another year down the drain, I guess.