Besides Tampa and Dallas ... Realistically, factually ... Vegas, Chicago, Colorado, Arizona, Calgary, Vancouver, St. Louis, Philly, Montreal, Columbus, Washington, NY, Boston, and Carolina competed for the cup this year. But with your mindset, if you only mean Sabres need to be as good as Dallas and Tampa, then yea, well, so do 28 other teams! Sabres aren’t unique in the fact they need to get better to compete (win) for the cup. It will be a stark difference in results next season IF the Sabres ONLY upgrade in net before Dec. and get a better 2C than Eric freakin Staal. 🤢
Is your definition of “competing for a cup” in an individual year ONLY if they get to the cup finals? Nothing else is considered “competing for the cup”?
For me, if you make the playoffs, you are technically, realistically competing for the cup.