For a ninth straight season, the Buffalo Sabres will not be playing hockey in the postseason and their players are fed up with the trend.
Buffalo narrowly missed out on the NHL's Return To Play plan by one spot and with the 2019-20 season now in the books, a couple of Sabres players voiced their frustration with the media. Defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen has been considered by many as a logical trade candidate and 25-year-old even admitted he'd likely be the first one to go if Buffalo decided to make some changes.
You don't really see players come out and say stuff like this but hey, when your team hasn't made the playoffs in nearly decade, frustration can boil over.
The Finnish defender made it clear that he really just wants to win, regardless of where he plays.
Sabres captain Jack Eichel also expressed his frustration, admitting that he's simply fed up with the losing culture.
We'll see if Buffalo decides to change things up, and Risto's name will be one to watch this summer. He has two years with $10.8 million left on his current contract.
(H/T John Vogl)