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Buffalo Sabres hope they've bottomed out after hitting new lows following last-place finish

  • Buffalo Sabres right wing Drew Stafford cleans out his locker on Monday, April 14, 2014, after the NHL hockey team clinched the NHL's worst record, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)

    Buffalo Sabres right wing Drew Stafford cleans out his locker on Monday, April 14, 2014, after the NHL hockey team clinched the NHL's worst record, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson exits the Buffalo Sabres' locker room with his equipment after players gathered for the last time on Monday, April 14, 2014, after the NHL hockey team clinched the NHL's worst record, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)

    Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson exits the Buffalo Sabres' locker room with his equipment after players gathered for the last time on Monday, April 14, 2014, after the NHL hockey team clinched the NHL's worst record, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)  (The Associated Press)

  • Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott gets help cleaning out his locker from daughter Eva, 2, after players gathered for the last time on Monday, April 14, 2014, after the NHL hockey team clinched the NHL's worst record in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)

    Buffalo Sabres left wing John Scott gets help cleaning out his locker from daughter Eva, 2, after players gathered for the last time on Monday, April 14, 2014, after the NHL hockey team clinched the NHL's worst record in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Nick LoVerde)  (The Associated Press)

With his nose broken, Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford found a sliver of positive perspective in summing up one of the worst and most tumultuous seasons in the franchise's 44-year history.

As bad as the team was, Stafford suggested, "We can only go up from here," after cleaning out his locker Monday.

Things can't get much worse following a season during which Buffalo set numerous lows.

En route to a 21-51-10 last-place finish, the Sabres opened the season getting off to a 2-13-1 start, and then closed it with a 2-16-2 slump.

Very little went right in between.

The GM and coach were fired. What was left of the team's veteran core was traded. And a lengthy series of injuries left the Sabres with a patchwork roster.