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What should next step be for Sabres?

BWI -- Good morning from Baltimore-Washington Airport, where I await the flight to the final road city of the season. The Sabres' meaningless game in Boston on Saturday is the end of the road and will close the book on another year, the team's inability to beat Philadelphia on Thursday night becoming the last chapter in a lost season.

"It’s embarrassing to miss the playoffs," goaltender Ryan Miller said.

Alas, for Buffalo fans, it's an embarrassment they experienced plenty of times. The Sabres have missed the postseason for three of the past five years. They've sat on the outside six times in the last 10 seasons. They haven't won a playoff series in five years.

"This year not even making it brings back memories that you don’t want to have," right wing Drew Stafford said. "It’s never a good feeling."

So, given the lack of success, what should happen next? Does the organization start a top-down makeover by getting rid of General Manager Darcy Regier and/or coach Lindy Ruff? Does an unsuccessful core -- including Miller, Stafford, captain Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy -- get shattered through trades? Does the team chalk this season up to injuries and stay with the status quo?

Owner Terry Pegula and team President Ted Black will ultimately make the call. Until they do, here's a chance for you to do it.

---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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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