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02-24-2013, 11:28 AM
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How Low Can You Go

Having only been a Sabres fan for a few years, I have to say last nights result has me at my lowest ebb as a fan. How does this compare for the rest of you in terms of how low you have felt following the Sabres, and what was your lowest moment following the team?

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02-24-2013, 11:33 AM
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I'm only 19, but I've been a die hard since around 1998-1999.

2002-2003 was really bad, last season for the most part was upsetting, and two lockouts does not help.

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02-24-2013, 11:35 AM
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Losing to the Dallas Stars in the Cup finals in 99'

Lowest I've ever felt as a Sabres fan


This season is just a hiccup or speed bump compared to that ... For me

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Gonna have to find a western conference team to cheer for...

Kind of wish we locked out the entire season.

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02-24-2013, 11:47 AM
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My earliest Sabres memories were formed in the late '70s.

This is as bad a team as I remember, though there have been others than give this one a run for its money unfortunately.

How low can it go? We've lost 4 in a row and are currently playing like perhaps the worst team in the NHL.

I suppose if this losing streak keeps up, and this style of play, it will get lower.

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02-24-2013, 11:52 AM
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If life has taught me one thing, it's that things can always get worse. Always.

That said, 2013 is the bottom for this franchise. Mark it down and remember where you heard it from first.

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02-24-2013, 11:56 AM
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02-03, going to games with 10k people in the building, was hands down the worst.

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My earliest Sabres memories were formed in the late '70s.

This is as bad a team as I remember, though there have been others than give this one a run for its money unfortunately.

How low can it go? We've lost 4 in a row and are currently playing like perhaps the worst team in the NHL.

I suppose if this losing streak keeps up, and this style of play, it will get lower.
Really? That makes me even more depressed.... Im guessing most people on here have felt lower than this, but it does feel like a dark dark time at the moment...

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02-24-2013, 12:06 PM
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We can only go up next season.

Look where Montreal is in the standings with some changes after missing the playoffs last year.

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Well I think one of the reasons I am so low about it is because I cant see things improving at the moment. Last night was a shambles. The fans deserve more.

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02-24-2013, 12:12 PM
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As Long as we get a top 2 pick Ill be happy. Mackinnon or Jones please.Barkov would be a good consolation prize.

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Getting knocked out of the playoffs is crushing

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02-24-2013, 12:18 PM
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Let's go all the way low baby all the way

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02-24-2013, 12:24 PM
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Worst moment? Brett Hull. Knowing you suck is so much easier than believing with every inch of your body only to be robbed.

And I grew up listening to the radio broadcasts and imagining Don Edwards flopping around the crease when Bert wasn't skating end to end.

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Starting to question the wisdom of a mid-season sacking, although I feel Ruff time to go, was that the right time to do it, was it a case of giving Rolston a chance? It just seems such a long way back from here. We are probably the worst team in the NHL at the moment....I didnt sign up for this!!!!

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If anyone would have asked at the start of the year if I thought this discussion would be happening in February I would have thought they were nuts. I really thought the Sabres were contenders to go fairly deep into playoffs this year. Can not believe I was that wrong.

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Yeah, No goal could be the ultimate low in my lifetime... Briere and Drury leaving within an hour of each other on July 1st also sucked major balls as well. Times are tough right now but with it being a short season after the lockout it just doesn't seem as bad to me. Plus I really am hoping for one of the 3 franchise guys in the draft this year, one can pray for it at least!

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Starting to question the wisdom of a mid-season sacking, although I feel Ruff time to go, was that the right time to do it, was it a case of giving Rolston a chance? It just seems such a long way back from here. We are probably the worst team in the NHL at the moment....I didnt sign up for this!!!!
Be careful, I got tons of heat for even suggesting the timing was precarious.



I don't know if this is my lowest as a Sabre fan, but if Ruff comes in here with his new team, which includes a couple of our players he traded for, whoops our butts, and gets cheers for it, THAT would have to be almost everyone's all time low.

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If anyone would have asked at the start of the year if I thought this discussion would be happening in February I would have thought they were nuts. I really thought the Sabres were contenders to go fairly deep into playoffs this year. Can not believe I was that wrong.
Agreed. Especially after the 2 wins to open the season. Crazy.

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For the last few seasons I tell myself, "Hey, They're young wait for next season!". Then the next season comes and its just as bad as the previous.

As a longtime fan I feel that since we lost Briere and Drury things have just gone downhill.

All that being said last nights game was terrible, and embarrassing to watch. I felt like I was watching slow motion hockey.

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As someone who lived through it as a fan, this season feels exactly how the '86 - '87 season did. That season saw Scotty Bowman get fired as coach/GM two months into the season with Gerry Meehan promoted and Ted Sator hired; meanwhile, lots of patchwork acquisitions on the roster floundered. For those of us that were fans at the time, the lack of direction and hope for the future on the path to a last place overall finish then isn't far off from how this season is going IMO.

At least when the last in-season firing happened (Muckler taking over for Dudley in 1991 after a miserable start), the team showed a real shift of identity to a different style of team that was more offensively interesting and nastier to play. It helped that LaFontaine, Hawerchuk and Mogilny were on the roster.

When Pegula took over the team, the whole "Hockey Heaven" and Cup talk was about establishing an identity - but two years later, the franchise is more faceless and without an identity than it has been for 20 years. I truly hope there's a "coming-to-Jesus" point in the coming months that Pegula and Black have about assessing honestly what state their team is really in. As many have noted, "it's a mess".

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02-24-2013, 12:58 PM
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As bad as 1999 was, I felt the quick elimination to Montreal in 1993, Mogilny being carried away on a stretcher was pretty soul crushing.

The all time worst for me was the 2007 playoff loss to Ottawa because I absolutely hate Ottawa. We had such a dynamic team that year, but the boys never seemed able to regain the energy they had in 2005-2006 despite winning the Presidents Throphy. Those two games in Ottawa, even though we won game 4, were very humbling...they skated us out of the rink.

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As bad as 1999 was, I felt the quick elimination to Montreal in 1993, Mogilny being carried away on a stretcher was pretty soul crushing.

The all time worst for me was the 2007 playoff loss to Ottawa because I absolutely hate Ottawa. We had such a dynamic team that year, but the boys never seemed able to regain the energy they had in 2005-2006 despite winning the Presidents Throphy. Those two games in Ottawa, even though we won game 4, were very humbling...they skated us out of the rink.
That was the worst for me. After the Boston series, I truly thought that was Buffalo's year. Four straight 4-3 losses, three in OT, without LaFontaine and Mogilny. I think if Buffalo stays healthy, they win the Cup that year.

1999 was bad, but Buffalo was David to Dallas' Goliath.

2006-2007 were bad as well. I thought those Buffalo teams had captured magic in a bottle.

For apathy, the Rigas saga, was far worse than this.

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02-24-2013, 01:20 PM
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As painful as the "no goal" Finals were with Dallas, I think 2006 was a greater disappointment. I never felt like we were going to beat Dallas in the Finals, whereas in 2006 it felt for a while like we had a genuine chance to win the Cup.

We were winning, and doing it in style and with confidence.

I'll never forget after that year RJ mentioning that he went into the Sabres' locker room and personally thanked every Sabre for giving him the most exciting year of broadcasting in his career, and he indicated that the team was the best Sabres squad he had ever seen. Which includes the French Connection Finals team of course....which I have no real memory of.

We were great in 2006 but then all D-men got hurt. The really sickening part is that we still almost got past Carolina, and I firmly believe we would have easily beaten Edmonton in the Finals, as Carolina did.

That was our year to win the Cup...and it just didn't work out that way.

UGGHH! Bringing back some tough memories.

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02-24-2013, 01:28 PM
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As painful as the "no goal" Finals were with Dallas, I think 2006 was a greater disappointment. I never felt like we were going to beat Dallas in the Finals, whereas in 2006 it felt for a while like we had a genuine chance to win the Cup.

We were winning, and doing it in style and with confidence.

I'll never forget after that year RJ mentioning that he went into the Sabres' locker room and personally thanked every Sabre for giving him the most exciting year of broadcasting in his career, and he indicated that the team was the best Sabres squad he had ever seen. Which includes the French Connection Finals team of course....which I have no real memory of.

We were great in 2006 but then all D-men got hurt. The really sickening part is that we still almost got past Carolina, and I firmly believe we would have easily beaten Edmonton in the Finals, as Carolina did.

That was our year to win the Cup...and it just didn't work out that way.

UGGHH! Bringing back some tough memories.
I hear you....I was flying out to Europe the day after game 7 of the ECF that year so I had mixed emotions if the Sabres won.

If I have learned anything from the Canucks loss to Boston in 2011 it is to never assume your team is going to win a 7 game series. Vancouver looked stacked compared to Boston...most predicted the Canucks in 6 games, but Boston's physical style wore Vancouver down.

If Buffalo plays Edmonton in 2006 who knows what happens...I don't think the Sabres played a team like that in the first three rounds.

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