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Pushing The Right Buttons

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff did not go to Yale. He never attended any college. But Ruff is one of the smartest and most intuitive coaches I’ve known, a man with a knack for pushing hockey players’ buttons and getting them to perform at a higher competitive level.

Ruff has been coaching the Sabres for 12 seasons. He is by far the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He’s never been shy about speaking his mind. But the more secure he gets in his job, the more willing he is to single out players for soft or substandard performance.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a star. Slack off and Ruff will cut your minutes. He’ll bench you. He’ll call you out in public.

Somehow, it works.

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Morning Line

“It’s time for us to start playing with a little smack, we played well, we competed, we battled. It was the most complete team game we’ve had in a while. It’s something we can enjoy tonight before we get moving forward.”

-Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller after defeating the Boston Bruins yesterday.  More on the Sabres from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.

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Do It The Ruff Way Or Else

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Ruff laughed Friday at the suggestion that his words have grown stale with a team that has been largely intact since the beginning of last season. He shrugged it off as a product of losing. In fact, he has tried everything. He has pushed and pulled back. He’s gone soft and been tough. And now he’s removing all wiggle room.

“It’s not my job to look the other way,” Ruff said Friday after his team prepared for today’s matinee in Boston. “I’m not the type of guy that wants to embarrass people, but I am going to be tough. It’s going to be, ‘You’ve got to play this way, or you won’t be able to play.’ We’ll either take off and go, and everybody gets hunkered in, or you’ll keep waddling until we have to destroy a couple pieces.”

Translation: Ruff’s way or the highway.

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Sabres Trying To Stay Close

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres say they are trying to hold each other accountable. They also are hinting their friends are taking it personal.

“We’ve got to demand out of each other more,” Sabres center Jochen Hecht said Wednesday. “We’ve got to be able to give the other guy a hard time when he’s not playing well, be able to tell him. It’s something that’s hard when you’re good friends, but usually you think if you’re good friends you would take whatever he says seriously. That’s what we’ve got to do, hold each other accountable.”

Hecht’s words about accepting advice came 14 hours after goaltender Ryan Miller made a similar statement.

“We’ve got to maintain a close team, and a team that we have to [be able to] offer constructive criticism,” Miller said after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Washington. “Guys have to be able to be able to take it. Guys can’t be immune to it.”

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If You Don’t Want To Compete, You Won’t Play

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Capitals last night….

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Crosby’s OT Goal Last Night

You make the call and Tony of The Confluence has brought the subject up too.

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Afinogenov Still Struggling

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Yes, Afinogenov can still take fans’ breath away. It’s just good they aren’t holding it in until he scores.

Afinogenov’s struggles continue, as the winger enters tonight’s game against Los Angeles in HSBC Arena in a slump that’s lasted for more than half a season. Since returning from a groin injury Feb. 29, Afinogenov has played in 43 games. His goal total in that span? Two. He has just one goal in 28 games this year.

“Every hockey player probably goes through some bad stuff,” Afinogenov said Thursday. “Right now it’s my turn, and I need to just get out from that and be strong. Do my job on the ice, and that’s it.”

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The Sabres Point A Game Man

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Derek Roy has reached a point in his NHL career where big things are expected daily. He’s also reached a point where he can deliver.

Roy is a fixture on the Buffalo Sabres’ score sheet, but that’s nothing new. The center led the team in points last season, averaging a shade more than one per game. He’s back on a similar tear. It raises the question: Does Roy expect to be on the score sheet every night?

“Yeah,” he said Tuesday. “The coaching staff expects that of me, I expect that of myself, my teammates expect that from me. That’s what I’m here for.

“Everyone’s a piece of the puzzle, and my job is to make plays, score goals, play defense and log a lot of minutes — play well consistently game in and game out. That’s what I’m trying to do every night.”

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Rivet Out With Bad Shoulder

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Craig Rivet revealed today that he’s dealing with an injured shoulder and the team’s captain is going to be out least two weeks while he tries to rehab the shoulder.

“It’s something that I tried to play with and it was really limiting what I could do on the ice,” Rivet said after taking part in practice in a limited role at HSBC Arena. “It’s really affecting my game so we took a different game plan. The pain issue, you can get through. But when it starts making it that much more difficult on the ice, you have to take a step back. We’re going to try to rehabilitate it.”

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Remembering The Aud

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

It is a grey blustery December day on the frigid shores of Lake Erie and the Aud, the grand ol’ lady of Western New York hockey, looks very much like a rotting building in need of being put out of its misery.

Inside, the longtime home of the Buffalo Sabres—a place where 17,000 screaming hockey fans regularly used to gather—now is a crumbling afterthought where rats congregate to frolic.

Outside, as part of the early stages of demolition, the outer shell of the upper walls already have been peeled, revealing a pattern of decaying beams and girders that have endured the building’s 68-year history.

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Watch a video below as some of the all-time Buffalo greats take one last skate at the Aud.

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