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2013 Sabres Preview: End of an Era?

Phil Golding

Phil Golding

Phil Golding writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

As if sports fans in Buffalo haven't been tortured enough.

The Sabres missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2012-13, and owner Terry Pegula's spending spree and accompanied optimism in the summer of 2011 seem like light years ago.

The Sabres have spent most of 2013 engineering a youth movement, represented most notably by the departure of captain Jason Pominville at the trade deadline in March. During the offseason, general manager Darcy Regier evidently tried to move goaltender Ryan Miller and there were even rumors of star winger Thomas Vanek being shopped. Both veterans remain with the club but have contracts expiring at the end of 2013-14, which will make for interesting times in western New York.

But the real question is - Is there any fantasy value here beyond the old guard in Miller and Vanek?

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