Kukla's Korner Hockey
from the Buffalo News,
On the day after one of the most grievous collapses in their history, the Buffalo Sabres tried to put on a happy face and say all the right things. After all, there are still six games left, beginning with tonight’s rematch in Ottawa against the Senators.
But the Sabres are 10th in the East, five points out of the magic No. 8 slot. And it’s going to be incredibly hard for them to focus on tonight’s game and erase the sordid memory of Tuesday’s 6-3 loss in HSBC Arena.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
This isn’t meant to hang this loss solely on Miller. The Sabres needed a GPS to find the net until Derek Roy, the only player performing to the numbers in his contract, scored a couple goals to give the Sabres the 2-1 lead. Buffalo allowed a short-handed goal. Once again, the Sabres fell apart at home.
It’s all true, but when was the last time Miller won a game by himself?
He’s ranked 21st in goals-against average and 25th in save percentage this season. He made his 29th consecutive start Tuesday night.
In an interview with Buffalo radio station WGR, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier confirmed that Connolly will have season-ending surgery on his hip.
Injuries have proven to be a continuing theme during Connolly’s six-year NHL career. The native of Syracuse, New York missed almost the entire 2006-07 season due to concussion and in the past has missed time due to knee, groin and upper body injuries.
The surgery will be performed Monday by hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon - the same doctor who recently operated on Islanders’ goalie Rick DiPietro.
from Sabres Edge,
Teppo Numminen returned to the ice and skated for about 90 minutes this morning in HSBC Arena. There’s no way to tell yet if he’s going to be able to play at all this season—I’d say chances of that are slim at best—but Numminen feels he should be getting paid now that he’s been medically cleared to practice. The Sabres, of course, put him on the suspended list in September and Numminen has a grievance going on his behalf through the NHLPA.
“I’m disappointed. It was a surprise for me,” Numminen said today, speaking in depth on the Sabres’ actions for the first time since his surgery
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
There’s just something about Jason Pominville that draws fans near. Whether it’s his personality, his last name or his innocent look, people just feel they can ask him anything. Then they do.
Do you think Britney Spears is crazy? How come you’re French Canadian but don’t have an accent? Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
Most players would say, “Come on, seriously?” Then again, most players wouldn’t get those questions. There’s just something about the Buffalo Sabres captain that makes everybody treat him like the guy next door.
from the AP via NHL.com,
Teppo Numminen filed a grievance against the Buffalo Sabres for suspending him without pay after the veteran defenseman failed a preseason physical because he required open-heart surgery.
The grievance was filed with the NHL Players’ Association in November, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon told the Associated Press on Thursday.
News of the grievance surfaced as Numminen rejoined the team this week. Numminen had previously declined to discuss whether he was unhappy with the Sabres’ decision to place him on their suspended list after it was discovered during a routine physical in September that he required surgery to repair a faulty valve
from Sabres Edge,
Darcy Regier is going to meet with the media in the second intermission and announce that Teppo Numminen is rejoining the team at tomorrow’s practice
From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,
Teppo Numminen made a rare appearance at HSBC Arena today, fueling speculation the defenseman could return to the Buffalo Sabres before the season ends.
The 39-year-old Numminen had stayed away from the arena since having a bursa sac procedure on his ankle early last month. He arrived at the rink with his equipment and was scheduled to skate this afternoon.
“I hadn’t seen him at the rink for quite some time,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “He had the procedure on his ankle, and that looks a lot better.”
*Also, more on the Sabres with a look at three up and coming college prospects
Update 2:42pm ET: More on Numminen’s health and history from the AP via the Globe& Mail
From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres’ coach could face his toughest decision of the season Wednesday when his suddenly impressive team returns to the ice to face Tampa Bay. The Sabres have won two in a row and, at times, looked dominating doing it. All four forward lines were solid, with a player from each scoring Saturday during a 6-2 victory over Toronto.
But once again, Connolly could become a factor. The oft-injured center might be healthy enough to play against the Lightning. He sat out the three games last week, and the team has three days between games this week. That might be enough time for Connolly’s sore hip to get enough rest.
So, what’s a coach to do? Does he stick with the same lineup, reward the 12 forwards who spent the weekend playing well? Or does he risk disruption by inserting Connolly, one of his finest all-around players and a guy who can make a difference when healthy?
more... with Sabres one point out of 8th in the East
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Nathan Paetsch is out indefinitely with a concussion, leaving the Buffalo Sabres’ depleted defence down a third player in the midst of their final playoff push.
Paetsch will miss “a pretty good period of time,” Coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday, a day after the player was leveled by a vicious elbow from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque during Buffalo’s 7-3 loss
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org