It’s difficult to say which is harder to believe: all the stuff that happened to the Sabres in 2013 or the fact they’re ending the year feeling good about things.

This calendar year was as mind-blowing as they come for Buffalo’s hockey team. In order, there was:

• The lockout.

• The firing of coach Lindy Ruff.

• The trades of numerous veterans, including captain Jason Pominville.

• Booing.

• A 23rd-place finish.

• An organizational policy of “suffering.”

• Historically bad hockey.

• More booing.