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Off to 1-9-1 start, Sabres president Black braces fans for more rough times ahead

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    Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller (30) reacts after a goal by Boston Bruins' Dougie Hamilton (27) who celebrates with Carl Soderberg (34), Chris Kelly (23), and Brad Marchand (63) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. Boston won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) (The Associated Press)

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    Vancouver Canucks' Henrik Sedin (33), Daniel Sedin (22) , Ryan Stanton (18) and Ryan Kesler (17) celebrate Ryan Stantons' first NHL goal during the third period as Buffalo Sabres' Mike Weber (6) reacts in an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Vancouver won 3-0. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert) (The Associated Press)

With the Buffalo Sabres already off to their worst start in franchise history, team president Ted Black is bracing fans to prepare for more rough times.

That's the message Black issued Thursday during his weekly show on WGR-AM.

Saying it's "going to be difficult to stomach in the short run," Black said the Sabres intend to stay the course by rebuilding through youth.

The Sabres (1-9-1), who open a two-game swing through Florida this weekend, are already struggling to be competitive with a lineup featuring six rookies, including four teenagers.

Buffalo has managed two or more goals just four times, has led in only one game, and has been outscored by a combined margin of 14-1 in the first period alone.