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Vesey chooses Rangers, but Sabres have plenty to be excited about

Posted at 7:18 PM, Aug 19, 2016

No matter how bright things look for the Buffalo Sabres, it's hard to compete with the bright lights of New York City.

Friday, Vesey Watch finally ended succinctly with a tweet from the New York Rangers, who announced that a deal was done.

If you're annoyed, It's totally warranted -- but just think about how exciting it was to watch Eichel, Renihart and O'Reilly last season. As a matter of fact, the Sabres top-six will look at a lot different this year than it did just a few years ago.

Last year, the Sabres missed the playoffs by 12 points. That's six wins -- or one more win a month. If the Sabres continue to grow, the that doesn't seem like much of a stretch.

The rebuild wasn't going to happen overnight -- but if last year is an indication of what's to come, there's plenty to be excited about.

Jack Eichel is 19-years-old. Sam Reinhart is 20. Ryan O'Reilly is 25 -- and these players haven't even reached their prime. If the Sabres can keep all three for the long-term, which is likely the plan, you should probably avoid planning a vacation for April or May.

You'll probably be busy with a playoff game or two.