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April 25, 2012 | 10:14am ET
Sabres could look for offensive boost
TheFourthPeriod.com

As some teams get ready for the second round of the playoffs, the Sabres are coming to the realization that their lack of offense might have caused their fall this season, the Buffalo News reports.

The team experienced an across-the-board drop in production this season as they posted 211 goals after finding the net 240 times last season.

"That's a substantial drop," Sabres GM Darcy Regier told the News. "Scoring is down in the league. It's not down to that extent. Those are adjustments that we have to consider in the offseason."

While the offense appears to have dropped on the man-advantage, four-on-four, and even empty net, the club's scoring woes were felt everywhere from the first line to the fourth line to the blueline.

Right winger Brad Boyes suffered the biggest blow to his stats, recording nine fewer goals and 23 fewer assists for 32 fewer points.

Off-season acquisition Ville Leino, who was traded to Buffalo from Philadelphia, was second on the list with a 28-point drop based on 11 fewer goals and 17 fewer assists than he had collected last season with the Flyers.

Drew Stafford, Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek also recorded fewer point totals.

"I feel like I can be a top-25 scorer in this league and I was on that pace," Vanek said. "I dropped off, so for me it's get back to that level and stay on it all year long. I think if I can do that, this team is going to succeed."

Meanwhile, the defensemen were also plagued by substantial drops as Andrej Sekera, Christian Ehrhoff, Mike Weber and Jordan Leopold saw their statistics drop, as well.

Regier could be looking at the free market to add more offense up front and on the back end or could use forward Derek Roy, who was the subject of several trade rumors during the season, as trade bait to add the necessary offensive boost the Sabres desperately need to compete for a playoff spot next season.

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