Sabres guaranteed to pick No. 2

‘Last-place Buffalo has a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery and keeping the first overall pick. Florida, which finished 29th, has an 18.8 percent chance.’

Myers needs to perform like an elite player all the time

‘“Obviously it was a season that we have to make sure we reflect on and realize changes need to be made,” Myers said Monday after cleaning out his locker following his third straight year of not making the playoffs. “We also want to take the positives out of it too and bring those into September and make sure everybody is on the same page.”’

Sulzer recovering from concussion

‘“I’ve been on the bike a couple times so I wasn’t far off,” Sulzer said. “I went into the glass head-first on a hit and I bounced off a guy so I kind of got whipped around.”’

Players vow Sabres will change culture and standards after terrible campaign

‘“I mean, we’re not in this game to get high draft picks, at least I’m not, and I know that’s not the goal for the front office.”

Sabres’ Tyler Myers had broken ribs, will likely continue season at world championship

‘“It’s coming along quite well,” Myers said as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers and held end-of-season meetings inside the First Niagara Center. “I had a week of hope after it happened. It turned out we found a couple of broken ribs. It wasn’t the best news, but I’m feeling pretty good right now. Another week or two it should good.”‘

Sabres hope they’ve bottomed out with season over

”’It’s pretty embarrassing.” Stafford said Monday, upon joining his teammates in cleaning out their lockers. ”And it’s something that you don’t want to have to deal with ever again.”’

Sabres Weber says ”The joke’s over”

‘You can take criticism when it’s warranted. Weber added, “Sometimes it’s fuel, sometimes it’s discouraging, especially during certain stretches of this season, you felt like you didn’t have too much support, but in the end, our fans are always there for us too. Last night, another close to a sellout, they’re still here, they’re still supporting us and the great thing about these people is they’re so passionate about their hockey. You can never be too hard on the fans for being hard on you when they just want you to work hard, just want you to succeed and want the city to succeed so, it’s one of those things that comes with the job and you keep moving forward.”.

What’s one more loss?

‘They’ll probably lose the draft lottery. Previous losers have really taken their lumps over the years. Consider the fates of these teams that were stuck with these awful players….’.

Sabres clean out lockers

‘Jhonas Enroth has a sprained MCL. Enroth is progressing and hopes to be with Team Sweden in May as they try to defend their World Championship.’

Sorrowful Sabres limp to finish line with shootout loss

‘The teams went out swinging with three fights. New York’s Justin Johnson flattened Buffalo’s John Scott, the Isles’ Brett Gallant earned a decision over Zenon Konopka, and the Sabres’ Nicolas Deslauriers earned a standing ovation with an annihilation of Scott Mayfield immediately after they left the box for roughing each other.’

Dredging up memories of a season to forget

‘Now, I fully expect the Sabres to be terrible in the standings again next year. But I’m quite confident we will never see six months of this kind of insanity get repeated.’

Home start gives Knapp one to grow on

‘Knapp went from the ECHL to the NHL in the span of a month.’

Sabres’ Ville Leino uncertain about future after goalless season

‘“That’s why it’s so important this summer that we come back with a whole different attitude and a whole different change and try to get this thing turned around,” he said, “because if there’s fans that deserve a championship, this is the town.”‘

Sabres goalie Connor Knapp on first NHL start: ‘Quite a moment in my life’

‘“It’s crazy,” the 23-year-old told a throng of cameras and reporters after making 22 saves in the Sabres’ season finale Sunday. “I grew up watching Dominik Hasek play here. I used to watch Ryan Miller and Marty Biron practice with the Amerks and then play with Buffalo. It’s surreal, to be honest. Quite a moment in my life.”’

Monday’s New York Coverage

Islanders beat Sabres, end season with three straight victories (Newsday)
Photo gallery (Newsday)
Islanders top Sabres in season-ending shootout (NewYorkIslanders.com)
The Skinny: Islanders 4, Sabres 3 (SO) (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (NewYorkIslanders.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)
Photo gallery (Buffalo News)