For the next four days CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.
This week: Northeast Division. Today: Buffalo Sabres
20011-12 Record: 39-32-11, 89 points
Where they finished: 3rd in Northeast; 9th in East; 19th in NHL
Coach: Lindy Ruff, 15th season
Key arrivals: C Steve Ott, C Kevin Porter, D Adam Pardy, D John Scott
Key departures: C Derek Roy, C Jochen Hecht, RW Ales Kotalik, RW Brad Boyes
Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson - Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Nathan Gerbe - Steve Ott - Ville Leino
Corey Tropp - Matt Ellis - Patrick Kaleta
Cody McCormick - John Scott
Jordan Leopold - Tyler Myers
Christian Ehrhoff - Robyn Regehr
Andrej Sekera - Mike Weber
Ryan Miller - Jhonas Enroth
Our Take: The Sabres failed to meet expectations last season and general manager Darcy Regier made little alterations to his lineup, exchanging veteran Derek Roy for hard-edged center Steve Ott. The addition of Ott gives the Sabres some much-needed grit and if world-class goaltender Ryan Miller can stay healthy there is every reason to think this will be a bounce-back season in Buffalo.
Offseason grade: C
Will they make the 2013 playoffs? Yes.
Projected finish: 5th in East
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