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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
At the end of a 5-1/2-minute session with reporters today in the Amherst Pepsi Center, Miller was asked about an end-of-practice chat with coach Lindy Ruff. The Buffalo goaltender revealed he was telling his coach that one of the officials swore at him during a stoppage in play a couple of minutes before the Sabres received a bench minor for arguing an interference call on Thomas Vanek.
“It was just about the referee last night, a brief conversation I had with the ref that was a little surprising to me,” Miller said. “He told me to “go [bleep] myself’ because I was just asking a question. I was just kind of joking around [to Ruff], saying, “Maybe that kind of started what got the bench minor going.’
“To be honest, I was respectful. I asked him a question and he told me maybe I should “go [bleep] myself.”
From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet.ca:
One thing we’ve learned is that the art of denial is exactly that; it is an art form and it has reached new and fascinating heights.
For instance, lost in a spate of denunciations is the fact that no one in the Sabres organization denied the original point of the story that the team is for sale. What minority partner Larry Quinn said was that, “We are not in negotiations to sell the team.” Quinn neither named the “we” nor did he say that team owner Tom Golisano, the man most likely to be in the discussions to sell the franchise he purchased out of bankruptcy in 2003, was or was not involved. In fact, Golisano is said to be at the winter meetings in Florida but nowhere to be seen or heard. The owner made no public appearance after Day 1 of the Board of Governors meetings despite the fact he winters in Florida and the other 29 owners have, essentially, come to his house.
Rochester-area billionaire Tom Golisano is looking to sell the Buffalo Sabres, according to a report out later this week.
The report in Western New York Hockey magazine, which cites an unnamed source, says that talks are in the exploratory stage. It goes on to say that Golisano is listening to offers and prices are being discussed. The source claims that there is a group with NHL expertise involved in the discussions.
The December issue of WNY Hockey will be out Thursday. The author of the article is Jim Kelley, the magazine’s managing editor….
The source says that Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn is actively looking to find a buyer, and that Canandian businessman Jim Balsillie has been approached by Quinn or an associate.
added 10:50am, BUFFALO, NY (December 8, 2008)—- Statement from Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn on the Sabres being for sale:
“We are not in negotiations to sell the team and as we have stated in the past, we will never entertain discussions to move the team out of Buffalo, NY.”
added 3:22pm, Much more on this from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet...
NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.
from Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com,
There are too many regular season games in the NHL.
The evidence was Monday night at HSBC Arena when the Sabres and Predators trudged through the first two periods. Neither team had any legs because they were each playing their third game in four nights and for the Sabres, their fourth in six nights.
The result of the compact week is uninspired hockey and a poor product. It’s not fair to the owners, coaches, players or fans.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.
The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.
more Avs talk…
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
People act as if the Sabres are a sleeping giant, waiting to rediscover the magic of two years ago. How long must we wait? Going back to the start of last season, the Sabres are 49-54, including overtime and shootout losses….
The Sabres won’t admit it, but they’re in transition. The hope is in Portland, and the sooner they bring up the kids, the better. What do they have to lose, except more games? Let the kids learn in the NHL, like all those other promising young players around the league.
It’s a joke that Afinogenov is on this team. He’s been here since 1999, and he’s still making the same mistakes.
Afinogenov should have been gone long ago. He and Tim Connolly are symptomatic of the Sabres’ tendency to hang on to soft, finesse players who hold a franchise back. They need to move on and prepare for life with the young players. They’re the future.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
With one-quarter of the season done, the Sabres are exactly where people expected. They entered Monday night in ninth place, four points out of fifth and three points ahead of 13th.
It’s how they got there that has folks in Sabreland wringing their hands or letting the profanities fly.
The Sabres are simply not good right now. No team on a five-game losing streak can be. They’ve won just once in the last eight games (1-6-1), sliding to 9-8-3 overall.
“We’re in tough right now,” coach Lindy Ruff said.
The slump has rained on the Stanley Cup parade some fanatics were planning after the opening eight games. The Sabres started 6-0-2, and it appeared they had regained their form after a season out of the playoffs.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
I’m not talking about blowing up the ship so much as throwing a few broken chairs overboard. The Sabres aren’t desperate for an overhaul. They merely need to rid themselves of persistent problems that either A) can’t be fixed; B) no longer work in their long-term plans or C) need a change in scenery.
Afinogenov is all of the above. Ruff started pushing Afinogenov toward the door by benching him Friday, a year too late, and it’s time for General Manager Darcy Regier to close the door behind him….
Connolly should be gone, too. He has played less than 30 percent of the games since signing a three-year, $8.7 million contract. Enough is enough. Maybe another team would claim him off waivers once he’s healthy, saving the Sabres a few bucks.
Could the Sabres build a package for struggling Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on the condition he signs a long-term deal before becoming an unrestricted free agent?
“We did a great job of making their goaltender look good. We missed, by my count, four wide-open nets. [Drew Stafford] missed a wide-open net, missed two of them. [Jaroslav] Spacek missed a wide-open net. [Jason Pominville], wide-open net. But when you haven’t been going good, you don’t get breaks.”
-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after losing their 4th game in a row. More on the game from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.
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