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Okposo: Players need to buy in for Sabres fortunes to change

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) An offseason of soul-searching led forward Kyle Okposo to realize a roster overhaul alone wasn't going to improve the Buffalo Sabres' fortunes.

Okposo figured out that he and other team leaders would also have to change their approach. They had to buy in mentally and physically if Buffalo stood a chance of climbing out of a rut after finishing last in for the third time in five years.

"Everybody talks about change and change and change. You hear it 100 times. But until you do, you haven't," Okposo said. "You have to put the work in. You can't just show up next year and say, `Oh, I think it's going to be different,' because that's the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result."

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Leaders
Points: J. Eichel64
Plus/Minus: C. Mittelstadt1
Shots on Goal: J. Eichel246
PIM: J. Nolan69
Win: R. Lehner14
Shutouts: R. Lehner3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 198 (31)
Shots: 2557 (21)
PP%: 19.1% (20)
Penalty Minutes: 673 (20)
Assists: 329 (31)
SH Goals: 9 (7)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Tampa Bay 54 23 5 113
x-Boston 50 20 12 112
x-Toronto 49 26 7 105
Florida 44 30 8 96
Detroit 30 39 13 73
Montreal 29 40 13 71
Ottawa 28 43 11 67
Buffalo 25 45 12 62
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 278 (3)
Shots Against: 2681 (10)
PK%: 77.9% (22)
Penalty Minutes: 721 (13)
Shutouts: 3 (21)
Sv%: 0.896 (29)
Injuries
Date Player Status
9/18 C. Sheary Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
9/14 M. Hunwick Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
9/23 T. Randell Released
9/23 M. Moulson Sent to minors Ontario (AHL)
9/23 K. Porter Waived
9/22 Z. Redmond Released
9/22 M. Houser Released
9/22 A. Wilcox Released
9/22 D. Stephens Sent to minors Rochester (AHL)
9/22 K. Porter Sent to minors Rochester (AHL)
9/22 V. Glotov Sent to minors Rochester (AHL)
9/22 E. Cornel Sent to minors Rochester (AHL)
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