Coyotes’ Doan: ‘We’re barely above average, if average’

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Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan had some strong words for his team after Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres – the team with the fewest points in the entire National Hockey League.

“I don’t even know what our level is. We’re barely above average, if average,” said Doan, as per Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona.

The Coyotes failed to make up ground on the idle Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific Division. They currently trail Vancouver by three points in the standings. On Thursday, the Coyotes carried a one-goal lead into the second period, but conceded a power play goal in the middle frame and then a short-handed goal in the third period. The end result: two points lost.

For the Sabres, on the other hand, Thursday’s comeback effort looked to be a step in the right direction.

“It looked like a different team to me in the second and third. It was the kind of team we’ve been trying to be for a while,” said Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller, according to John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

It wasn’t all good, however, for the Sabres.

Vogl also reported that Matt Moulson was in serious pain afterward, with Buffalo’s head coach Ted Nolan saying the club would know more on his status on Friday.

Moulson is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and his name has recently been bantered around in trade rumors. It was recently reported in the Buffalo News that the Sabres’ new GM, Tim Murray, has had “chatted casually” with Moulson, Miller and Steve Ott, who have all come in trade talk.