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from Damien Cox of The Spin,
But the guy who really deserves NHL sanctions for all that ensued?
Try Ron Rolston, the Sabres coach.
A U.S. college guy, no less, who has spent most of his time playing and coaching hockey in leagues where full face-masks are worn and fighting means immediate ejection.
Rolston, after seeing Corey Tropp decide to start a fight with apprenticing Leaf tough guy Jamie Devane and end up groggy and beaten up for his efforts, responded as though it was Devane who had attacked his player and sent out the aforementioned Scott, who for years now has taken up NHL roster spots because he is 6-foot-8 and a fighter of moderate ability.
It was the classic tap on the shoulder, the "and-don't-dance" wordless missive from the coach.
Rolston wanted revenge, so he sent out Scott. Leaf coach Randy Carlyle didn't want any part of it, so he sent out his best forwards, believing the "code" - enforcers aren't supposed to go after non-combatants - would defuse the situation.
See the fight card below...
I will update this post as information comes in.
added 10:08pm, Here we go...
added 10:43pm, TSN post-game report.
added 10:55pm, Sportsnet video added below, one minute longer than the original video posted.
Ryan Miller sits down with Elliotte Friedman of HNIC and discusses where he is regarding his contract situation with the Sabres plus his views on the change to the goalie equipment and his status with Team USA.
Ah yes, the regular season is jut around the corner...
from Chris Ryndak of Sabres.com,
The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs went through 29 shooters combined before Jay McClement scored in the bottom of the 15th round to give Toronto a 3-2 preseason win Saturday night at First Niagara Center.
The shootout was the longest in Sabres history, including both preseason and regular season games. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it tied the NHL regular-season record set on Nov. 26, 2005 by the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. Preseason shootouts are not included in their records....
In the bottom of the 10th round, Paul Ranger attempted a trick shot that appeared to have him simultaneously shooting and kicking the puck. After the failed attempt, Enroth gave him a slap on the backside with his stick.
Initially, Enroth thought Ranger was trying to make him look bad, but cooled on that feeling by the time he stepped into the dressing room.
“I didn’t really like it. I felt like he was trying to embarrass me maybe, but it’s good to see, I guess, [a player] trying to be creative too. So when I think about it now, it’s fine,” Enroth said.
more and watch Ranger's shootout attmept below...
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Tyler Myers can chuckle about it now, but he was a beaten man last season. He was a physical wreck, a mental disaster. It showed nearly every time he stepped on the ice or up to a microphone.
Something had to give. Actually, pretty much everything had to give.
“You have a year like you did last year, you want to change some things,” the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Friday. “I’ll be the first to say, that’s not me as a player last year. I have to be much better.”
Not looking for anyone to blame, Myers took it upon himself to improve as a player and person this summer. He trained his body and mind in ways he never had before, and the early results suggest a turnaround is on the way.
“It’s just a matter of the way you handle different situations and make sure you stay on yourself,” he said. “A lot of things went on last year that got in my head. It just goes back to the mental training side of it, of how you prevent yourself from heading downhill mentally instead of stopping that and making sure you stay at your peak. It’s confidence level and how you build that confidence.
Poor Andrej Sekera who was traded from Buffalo to Carolina during the NHL Draft in June...
You can read the Twitter reaction here...
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Miller apparently will remain in Buffalo through the start of the regular season. General Manager Darcy Regier says the trade window is closed throughout the NHL, so Thomas Vanek and Miller should be wearing Blue and Gold when the puck drops Oct. 2.
“The season begins and talks start again,” Regier said. “We’re approaching it from the standpoint of Ryan’s here, Thomas is here, they’re both in the last year of their deals like a lot of other players in the National Hockey League, and they’re ready to go to work.”
Miller is also ready for incessant trade speculation. Neither he nor Vanek wants an extension at the moment, instead opting to see how the Sabres perform before deciding their free agent fate. The trade talk could continue for a while since deals for goaltenders are uncommon, especially during the season, and not many teams have room for a $6.25 million player.
“If you play long enough, you’re going to have this kind of discussion surround you at some point,” Miller said. “I have to be professional enough to just do the job. I’m able to do a job in a city I’m familiar with and a city I’m pretty much at home. I feel like I’m in a good place.
“I have a lot of goals that I want to accomplish, and a lot of it revolves around me playing good hockey. That’s always the case every year. I’m just trying to approach it that way. It’s another year to play NHL hockey, and that’s a good thing.”
added 6:27pm, Press release is below...
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