BUFFALO, N.Y.- As bags were packed, and sticks bundled up, a sense of disappointment seemed to mix with one of relief. "A season like that you're kind of glad to get it over with and start fresh for the new season," Sabres' defenseman Christian Erhoff said.
Forward Cory Conacher added that he has never been through a season like this one. The Sabres racked up a franchise record 51 losses, but also set a new Sabres' mark for players in the line up. The team racked up injuries all season, particularly between the pipes, having dressed 9 different goaltenders during the 2013-2014 campaign.
"To have this many injuries, this much turnover in management, coaches, It's been a strange year, one i'd like to forget and kind of move on from," John Scott said.
Forward Cody Hodgson believes as disappointing as the year was, it is a season that can act as fuel for off-season work-outs and preparation for next season.
"I think everyone can use it as motivation, you like the guys and you want to compete for them, this summer we're going to do everything we can to not have the same feeling," Hodgson said.
The next event on the radar for Sabres fans comes Tuesday night in Toronto, the NHL draft lottery. We'll see if the Sabres will get at least some reward for this miserable season, in the form of the number one overall pick.