Anytime a team doesn't make the playoffs, they have a lot of questions they need to answer about themselves. No matter what happened, the reality is the team was not good enough to get into the postseason, regardless of the reasons.
The Buffalo Sabres faced those questions at the end of last season and are now ready to undertake the start of the shortened 2013 season with a few tweaks in their lineup.
Essentially, general manager Darcy Regier saw enough in the team at the end of last year to keep most of it intact this offseason, choosing to find the answers from within.
With that in mind, these are the five biggest questions the Sabres will have to answer to get over the playoff hump this season.