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Sabres are in NHL's lower class based on playoff appearances in last 11 seasons

By John Vogl

The Sabres want to be viewed as a winning, first-class organization. In reality, they are a lower-class club over the last decade-plus and a lower-middle-class team during the past six years.

The Sabres have made the postseason just twice in six seasons and only four times in the last 11. They are in the bottom nine of the NHL during the 11-year slide, and they are in the bottom 13 of the league during the last half-dozen seasons.

Here’s how it breaks down:

*During the past 11 seasons, only five teams have made fewer postseason appearances than the Sabres – Columbus, Florida and Winnipeg/Atlanta (one each), Edmonton (two) and Carolina (three). The Sabres’ four visits are equal to Minnesota, Phoenix and Toronto.

*During the past six seasons, only seven teams have made fewer postseason appearances than Buffalo – Edmonton (zero) and Carolina, Columbus, Florida, the New York Islanders, Toronto and Winnipeg/Atlanta (one each).

The Sabres’ two visits are equal to Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

Here's each team, in alphabetical order, with their rate of making the playoffs since 2007-08 and 2001-02:

Anaheim 4 of 6, 7 of 11

Boston 6 of 6, 9 of 11

Buffalo 2 of 6, 4 of 11

Calgary 2 of 6, 5 of 11

Carolina 1 of 6, 3 of 11

Chicago 5 of 6, 6 of 11

Colorado 2 of 6, 6 of 11

Columbus 1 of 6, 1 of 11

Dallas 2 of 6, 5 of 11

Detroit 6 of 6, 11 of 11

Edmonton 0 of 6, 2 of 11

Florida 1 of 6, 1 of 11

Los Angeles 4 of 6, 5 of 11

Minnesota 2 of 6, 4 of 11

Montreal 5 of 6, 8 of 11

Nashville 4 of 6, 7 of 11

New Jersey 4 of 6, 9 of 11

Islanders 1 of 6, 5 of 11

Rangers 5 of 6, 7 of 11

Ottawa 4 of 6, 9 of 11

Philadelphia 5 of 6, 9 of 11

Phoenix 3 of 6, 4 of 11

Pittsburgh 6 of 6, 7 of 11

San Jose 6 of 6, 10 of 11

St. Louis 3 of 6, 6 of 11

Tampa Bay 2 of 6, 5 of 11

Toronto 1 of 6, 4 of 11

Vancouver 5 of 6, 9 of 11

Washington 6 of 6, 7 of 11

Winnipeg 1 of 6, 1 of 11

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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 | [email protected]

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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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