Despite his team missing the playoffs for a third time in five seasons, Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula maintained his faith in his current personnel - namely general manager Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff.
Buffalo begins its quest to return to the postseason Sunday when it hosts the Philadelphia Flyers, who have ended the Sabres' attempts to reach the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
Pegula opened his pocketbook before last season to sign Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino and also took on Robyn Regehr's hefty contract from Calgary. Buffalo's well-financed owner, though, got very little return on his investment as the Sabres finished with 89 points - four shy of a playoff berth.
"It wasn't a good feeling at all at the end of last year," defenseman Tyler Myers said. "And I think feeling that way at the end of last year is going to motivate each guy in this room that much more to not feel that way again."
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