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Roster Report

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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Jason Pominville was as consistent as they come for a team that had a roller-coaster season. The right winger led the team with 30 goals, 43 assists and 73 points. Only twice did he go more than two games without registering a point.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
The Sabres signed forward Ville Leino in the offseason to a six-year, $27 million contract to provide offense. He scored just eight goals and had only 25 points in 71 games.

BIGGEST NEEDS
The Sabres need a point-producing center. Not one of their middle men reached the 20-goal mark (trade-deadline acquisition Cody Hodgson had 19) and Derek Roy led the centers with 44 points.

FREE AGENT FOCUS
The Sabres will get plenty of cap relief this summer. The contracts for center Jochen Hecht ($3.5 million) and right wing Brad Boyes ($4 million) are expiring. They are unlikely to return. Center Tyler Ennis, who had 34 points in 48 games, will need to be re-signed from restricted free agency.

PLAYER NOTES

--RW Jason Pominville became just the eighth player in franchise history to win the triple crown, leading the Sabres in goals (30), assists (43) and points (73). He did it in his first season as captain. The 29-year-old reached the 30-goal mark for just the second time.

--LW Thomas Vanek had a subpar year, and it ended his reign as perennial goal-scoring leader. Vanek, who had led the team in goals for five straight seasons, scored just 26 times in 78 games. It was the second-lowest total of his career, ahead of only the 25 goals he had as a rookie in 2005-06.

--G Ryan Miller had an up-and-down season. Following an early season concussion Nov. 12, he won just six of his next 18 decisions. From Jan. 24 to March 27, though, Miller had a 19-3-5 run. He finished 31-21-7 with a 2.54 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.

MEDICAL WATCH

--D Tyler Myers ended the season with a broken foot. He will be fine by the start of next season.

--D Christian Ehrhoff missed the final five games with a knee injury. He is not expected to need surgery.

--LW Jochen Hecht missed the final 34 games with his third concussion in 12 months. The 34-year-old does not plan to retire.

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