Kukla's Korner Hockey
Scheduled to begin at 5:00pm ET.
aded 5:21pm, Regier announces Ron Rolston will be interim head coach for the rest of the season, the take a look at the position at the end of the year.
update 5:35pm, Press conference has finished so I removed the video player.
Watch below Ruff's last post-game conference after losing to Winnipeg 2-1 last night.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
This one is memorable because it was so utterly forgettable.
“It was a terrible game by us,” defenseman Robyn Regehr said. “What we were missing was the effort from everyone, and I think the fans recognized that. They were voicing their displeasure.”
The Sabres propped themselves up following Sunday’s one-goal loss to Pittsburgh by pointing to their effort and determination against one of the NHL’s elite teams. There was little to laud after losing to a club that had dropped three straight and seven of nine.
“We’ve got to take a hard look at everything,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “That’s what we have to do. We really do.”
They can start with controllable characteristics such as effort, determination and willingness to win, but they need to examine their talent level, too. Passing remains askew, turnovers are plentiful and play in all zones is lacking.
On an early adition of NHL Live today, McKenzie discussed the Sabres, the Blues and their goalie situation and the latest on Ryan O'Reilly.
Ryan Miller after losing 4-3 to the Penguins today and giving up the game winning goal with 2:04 left in regulation.
You may notice a few words have been 'blanked' out.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
High-ranking people from across the league are laughing at the Sabres, just as they did last year after the season turned ugly. What people, you ask? Sorry, but their names will remain private. It's an unfortunate but necessary aspect of the media that many don't understand, but with anonymity comes unfiltered opinions.
And the general opinion from a wide range of hockey minds – general managers, scouts, agents, league officials, former players – is that Pegula's success in the real world means almost nothing in the sports world. Most are stunned Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff have survived when common sense called for their dismissal long ago.
The general message: It's incredible.
That, of course, is the opposite of credible.
One general manager hopes Buffalo keeps Regier and Ruff because it leaves one fewer team to worry about. Another executive criticized Regier for giving Tyler Myers a contract that included $12 million for this season. It could ruin the defenseman, he said. Others are left shaking their heads or snickering or both.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
Even though the snow had not yet hit Buffalo, there was plenty of 'digging' going on in front of Montreal goalkeeper Peter Budaj. A plow in the form of Steve Ott cleared Budaj off the frozen puck which allowed Thomas Vanek to push it across the line and force overtime.
Prior to video review concluding that the puck had 'crossed the goal line in legal fashion,' I was in communication with That's Hockey2Nite producer Jason Palter advising him as to why the whistle should have blown to stop play on two counts prior to Vanek pushing the puck across the goal line.
Five minutes after Buffalo defeated the Canadiens in a shootout I was on the air via Skype with super talented host Steve Kouleas providing my take on the goal that never should have been allowed.
As I share my findings with you in this edition of C'Mon Ref, we see yet another example of undetected contact with the goalkeeper which impacted the game.
more and watch the goal below...
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
When Darcy Regier looks back at his career, he feels fortunate to be in his 16th season as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.
“It’s a long time and I don’t feel it’s something you can ever take for granted because of the nature of this business,” Regier said. “I view myself as being fortunate, grateful. I’ll keep working at it.”
There are other National Hockey League GMs with longer tenures. Lou Lamoriello has been in New Jersey since 1987 and Jim Rutherford had a three-year head start on Regier when was hired to run the Hartford Whalers before their move to Carolina. Detroit’s Ken Holland and Washington’s George McPhee are also in their 16th seasons with the same club.
What sets Regier apart is that he has worked with the same head coach for 16 years and there are few GMs who have had to deal with as much turmoil.
Regier is a firm believer in the theory that if you hire the right person, there’s no need to make a change. That’s not to say he is opposed to change. He believes it’s important for individuals to change.
from Mike Cole of NESN,
Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff called a timeout with just 13.6 seconds to play and his team leading 7-4. Ruff defended the move by saying he didn’t like having Lane MacDermid, a noted fighter, lined up against one of his own skill guys.
So, he called timeout and changed things up, which involved sending John Scott over the bench to keep the peace, so to speak.
“MacDermid was with one of our skill players,” Ruff said after the game. “I didn’t want anything to happen.
That’s really what it all was about.” That didn’t go over with at least one Bruins player.
“Yeah, [Ruff] wants to be a big shot, and that’s not the best play to do,” Brad Marchand said. “That’s pretty disrespectful. If he wants to be like that, that’s fine. We just have to move on.”
read on for a quote from Bruins coach Julien...
Thomas Vanek of the Sabres had 3 goals and 2 helpers tonight, his second five point night of the season. On opening night, he had 2g and 3a.
Here are his goals tonight...
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