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by Paul on 04/09/12 at 12:18 PM ET
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
There are seasons when it’s understandable and even OK to miss the playoffs. Teams can use their also-ran status as a learning experience that will benefit the organization in the long run.
Not the Buffalo Sabres. Not this year.
There’s no way to rationalize a playoff absence. There’s nothing to be learned by a roster full of players in their prime. The coach and general manager with 15 seasons on their resumes didn’t need another year of experience.
As they clean out their lockers and conduct exit meetings today, the Sabres have to look at the 2011-12 season for what it really was. It was a wasted season. It was a lost season.
“For sure,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “I think you’ve got to look at it that way. You can’t look at it any other way.”
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