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Former Sabres captains weigh in on team’s woes: ‘A whole new kind of unwatchable’ – The Athletic

“As much as it hurts me to say, they’re a laughingstock. I don’t like hearing that. I want them to be good, especially for the fans.”

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — There are hockey players, and then there are captains.Their status is elevated above their teammates, chosen as the example to emulate, the communicator to heed, the leader to follow.
Captains are hockey nobility. They traditionally are connected to their organizations, cities and fans in a deeper way. They weren’t players just passing through. They are — and have a tendency to remain — emotionally invested.
Given such significance, their opinions matter more than most. That is why…

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