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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: September 23, 12:35 PM ET
No. 90: Buffalo Sabres

By Eddie Matz
ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 60
Title track: 106
Ownership: 83
Coaching: 113
Players: 118
Fan relations: 83
Affordability: 54
Stadium Experience 87
Bang for the Buck 49

The best thing about hockey in Buffalo? At least you don't have to pay a lot to watch the Sabres play ($46.15 average ticket is seventh-cheapest in the NHL). Well, at least not in terms of money. As for mental anguish, that's another story. As if fans weren't depressed enough about the whole "we've never won a Stanley Cup" thing (among NHL teams, only Toronto scored lower in the title track category) or having the league's youngest team (average age 26.41 after captain Jason Pominville was traded at the deadline) and its next to worst power play (14.1 percent), the latest Buffalo bummer came in May when much-maligned GM Darcy Regier removed the interim tag from coach Ron Rolston -- promoted midseason from AHL Rochester to replace Lindy Ruff -- without a) waiting for the playoffs to end, or b) interviewing anyone else. Not that there isn't a silver lining: "He's a minor league coach and this is a minor league team," says user Jim Sperduti. "It's a match made in hockey heaven."