The Buffalo Sabres hope a new coach will help them contend for a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Ralph Krueger was hired May 15 to replace Phil Housley, who was fired April 7 after two seasons. The Sabres missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season, the longest active drought in the NHL.
Buffalo added depth to its lineup, acquiring defenseman Colin Miller in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights, forward Jimmy Vesey in a trade with the New York Rangers, and signing unrestricted free agent forward Marcus Johansson .
The Sabres hope those additions, as well as some of their prospects, can increase their offense; Buffalo was tied for 23rd in the NHL at 2.70 goals per game last season.
"We look at our young wingers and we view that as a source of strength within our organization," Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said. "I think there'll be competition for spots there."
Of the 221 goals the Sabres scored, 90 came from three forwards: Jeff Skinner scored 40 goals, Jack Eichel scored 28 and Sam Reinhart scored 22.