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Regier & Ruff Returning

via BuffaloSabres.com,

Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn today announced that General Manager Darcy Regier and head coach Lindy Ruff will return next season in their current roles with the organization. Ownership is very excited to have these two individuals return to help lead the organization back to the playoffs next season.

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Sabres Need Their Swagger Back

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres need to be more like Ryan Miller. Or, at the very least, they need to write down what he said, tape it to their walls and read the words daily during this second long summer in a row.

The franchise goaltender stood in front of his stall in HSBC Arena on locker-cleanout day and started with a caveat. He said it was too soon to make a list of what went wrong because the season ended just days ago. He said he needed time to digest things.

Then, for more than 10 minutes, Miller passionately and articulately described exactly what went wrong and how the Sabres can fix it. He provided the map the Sabres can use to find the way back to successes like 2006 and 2007, when they went to consecutive Eastern Conference finals.

The road to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2009-10 starts with establishing an identity, finding a pulse for the dressing room.

“We’ve got to get back to some of the years we had a few years ago,” Miller said.

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A Lifeless Team

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

...less than 15 minutes after Buffalo’s easy, breezy 6-1 victory over Boston in the season finale, most of the players had slipped into the showers, slithered out the side door and made themselves scarce. Heaven forbid they would actually take responsibility for missing the playoffs in two straight years and five out of seven seasons.

It was typical.

Why rant about their dressing room after the final game? I was waiting for them to address the issue without being told. They shouldn’t need public criticism about a glaring problem before finding a solution. Their willingness to let each other slide this year said plenty about their lack of accountability amid a rumor Lindy Ruff was getting fired….

Minority owner Larry Quinn said an intense evaluation was forthcoming, but he did not say either way whether Regier or Ruff would be canned. Ruff looked like a beaten man Saturday, like someone prepared to put out a cigarette and walk the plank.

We’ll see what happens, but Ruff has been the least of their problems.

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Another Tease

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Other than a ceremony honoring winger Brad May for playing his 1,000th game, the evening had less electricity than an Amish barn. Toronto fans long ago became accustomed to watching their team lose, so it wasn’t as if the Sabres’ two quick goals in the third period in a 3-1 victory was a jolt to anyone in the Air Canada Centre.

Buffalo won the game and is still alive. That’s all that matters. So why does this feel like another tease?

There was a stronger sense that the Sabres were merely prolonging the agony, that fans would spend today generating whatever optimism they could muster only to have Flyers center Daniel Briere cough up the puck to Chris Drury tonight for the Rangers’ game-winner.

Yeah, I know, don’t go there. But it would be another reminder of how far the NHL’s one-time darlings have fallen in less than two years. May made you remember when the Sabres missed the playoffs with dignity, when they went down swinging. This group reminded you of the Sabres at their worst, underachievers who often looked uninterested in a big game against a 12th-place team.

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Ryan Miller Shows-Off His New Mask

from the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres netminder Ryan Miller debuted a new look against the Red Wings on Monday night, sporting a mask inspired by traditional Japanese tattoos.

Featuring a tiger, dragon and a tribute to his cousin Matt, the helmet is Miller’s first modification in two years.

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Sabres Need To Run The Table & Get Some Help Too

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres’ rough road to the postseason is now a rock-strewn, virtually impassable trail. The Sabres handed over the game in hand they held over the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. They remain four points back of the tie for eighth place, but now only three games remain.

“A lot of strange things have happened,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’ll pick up the hope tank, try to fill it up and hope a lot of things go right for us.”

Things are so dire, the hope tank needs to be large enough to house all the crumbling debris from Memorial Auditorium. In basic terms, if the Rangers or Panthers win just one of their three games and go to overtime in another, the Sabres are officially eliminated.

“Tough situation to be in,” Sabres captain Craig Rivet said. “We’re going to have to win the next three games, and obviously with the way the standings are now, we’re going to need some help from some teams.”

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Sabres Strive For Perfection Starts Tonight

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres can finish the season with 93 points. The New York Rangers, in possession of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot, can finish with 95.

It doesn’t take Will Hunting to do the math and surmise the Sabres need the Rangers to lose at least once. An analysis of the schedule concludes that is possible. New York’s final three games are against playoff teams, so the Sabres may get help.

First, they have to help themselves.

The Sabres’ chances of making the playoffs go up with every game they win. If they win the final four, it leaves their competitors with little room for error.

The final week of the regular season starts tonight, and it merely kicks off with the defending Stanley Cup champs. The Detroit Red Wings visit HSBC Arena, looking to sweep the two-game season series with the Sabres.

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Afternoon Line

I guess my one question is, do the Sabres just pull a tank job from here on out or do they actually go down fighting?

As soon as Vanek peeled off last night, I said (to my empty living room): “(Pansy) play.” Either dump it down low, or sack up and and go to the net, drawing defenders with you.

But like so many other plays last night (and all year) he peeled off, took the easy way out, and got burned.

It was a cruel end to a tease of a game and a tease of a season.

-Kevin of BfloBlog.

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The Greatest April 1st Prankster

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

When it comes to hockey’s greatest April Fool’s prankster, however, no one ever topped Paul Wieland, back when he was the director of communications for the Buffalo Sabres. “This was Paul’s favorite holiday,” says Gerry Helper, who is now the Predators’ senior vice president for communicaitons but who got into hockey when Weiland hired him as an assistant 30 years ago. “He told me I was going to write all the releases except one, and that was the April 1 release. He did that every year.

And they were great. The best might have been in the one he composed in the 1970s that was, as press releases were back in the olden days, mailed out in actual envelopes with stamps and delivered by the postal service. This one announced that the Sabres were exploring a new technology that would allow N.H.L. games to be played on plastic ice. This, Wieland wrote, was going to change the game. No more costly refrigeration operations, no more water usage, no more Zambonis.

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Sabres Confident While In The Playoff Hunt

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The difference was obvious in practice Tuesday as the Buffalo Sabres prepared for tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. The Sabres were smiling and loose, calm and confident, during a short workout. They were together. They found what had been missing for most of the season: life.

It’s amazing how three straight victories, including wins on back-to-back nights for the first time all year, can quickly improve the collective psyche of a team. If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought the Sabres rattled off 10 straight and were surging toward the Eastern Conference title.

“It can only help,” goaltender Ryan Miller said. “We’ve been uptight, and look where it’s gotten us. We’ve come to the rink feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve come to the rink holding our heads low a few times. It hasn’t gotten us anywhere. We’ve put together a good run, and we’ve had some good victories. We should feel good about it.”

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