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Looking on the bright side

The Sabres admitted the obvious today: They made a few mistakes. They needed more experience. The goalie played too much.

But they also were quick to point out their bright spots. They got Jason Pominville cheap (three years, $3.1 million). Derek Roy's 81 points were a bargain for $3 million this year. They aren't Toronto, which is stuck with older players it can't trade. They said, from a business standpoint, they did the right thing with Teppo Numminen.

Did they really have a good year? They went from first overall to 18th. Did they make the right moves recently that will allow them quickly go from 18th back toward first, or were they just trying to deflect attention from the recent failings?

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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