BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly calls it “pathetic” that his under-achieving Buffalo team will miss the playoffs for a sixth consecutive year.
“We’re not a very good hockey team. We’ve let a lot of things go that we normally shouldn’t,” O’Reilly said during a six-minute session at his locker Wednesday before the team’s final home game of the season against Montreal.
“It’s so frustrating coming to the rink right now. Practicing. There’s no purpose to it,” he added. “I’m sick of losing. It’s getting exhausting and it’s not fun. It sucks the fun out of the game.”
O’Reilly blamed the Sabres’ troubles on season-long struggles with consistency and players falling back into bad habits. He also blamed himself for a failure to assert himself more in a leadership role.
“I think I really didn’t step up and hold guys accountable and be a voice, and it’s…