Keeping the history of the teams highs and low's in the back of their mind Buffalo Sabres fans are cautiously optimistic about the new season.
As many have learned, to be a Sabres fan one needs to have thick skin.
"There should be an anti-depressant for Sabres fans alone," said Jordan Pleskow.
"You're very vehement but there's some tough times but you love it. You love the team," added Jeremy Schwartz.
Buffalo resident Anand Sharda commented,"
"You'd be hard pressed to find any other team or any other fans that follow hockey as well as Sabres fans."
But with a roster of new players and some veterans sprinkled in fans we interviewed at the Colter Bay Grill in Buffalo are digging deep into their treasure chest of hope.
"With Miller coming into an olympic year he should really try to bump his stats. Vanek is always a really good threat and then you have a really good supporting cast, the young guys that are coming in, so we think we could have a season where we might be in for some surprises," said Pete Schultz.
Schultz is also watching new head coach Ron Rolston closely.
"He led the U.S. junior team to very, very decent success and I think the young guys really respond to him well and I think for the veterans it's a good breather. Lindy was here for so long under one system and I think that now with a new system in place some guys are going to flourish."