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06-12-2013, 06:09 PM
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Talks to Goalposts
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
Buffalo used to be a great team. They deteriorated fast. Briere, Roy, Campbell, Pomminville, Drury, Connolly, Lydman, Tallinder.

A lot of those guys are old now, but they lost a lot of those players without getting much back in return. Briere, Lydman, Tallinder, Campbell, Drury and Connolly were all quality players lost to FA. Losing Vanek to FA also would be a huge blow.
They really got screwed by injuries in the playoffs during their cup window right after the lockout. Amazingly deep team they had.

But now they're basically done. Trading Roy for Ott was essentially the final nail in their coffin as a team that could make the playoffs. By the same token, signing Ville Lieno was a good indication that they weren't a well run franchise anymore.

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