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Ryan Miller’s Inspiration

From John Vogl at the Buffalo News,

Matt Schoals has served as an inspiration to Ryan Miller and to people who knew Schoals and his story. It’s clear death will not stop that.

Miller was detailing this week’s passing of his young cousin, grief and shock audible in his voice. But when talk turned to the mask of the Buffalo Sabres goaltender — the mask that Schoals helped design and serves as a constant reminder that there’s more to life than hockey games — Miller’s mood brightened. He laughed while recounting how the caricature of a bulldog came about, a sign that Schoals’ inspirational effect will not soon fade.

“He left a great legacy, and it’s only fair to talk about him and talk about the positive impact he had on the community,” Miller said Wednesday.

“He left the world, but he left having done great things.

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Sabres Need To Improve Defense & Play Smarter

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres were outworked by the Islanders, just as they were in the postseason last year. New York outshot Buffalo, 34-26. The Sabres were sloppy defensively, which led to goalie Ryan Miller having a tough night. Toni Lydman had no excuse for taking a breather on Mike Comrie’s second goal, but he was hardly alone….

If that continues, it’s going to be a long season. Ruff can address such issues with a dryerase board or a few bag skates. They should be fine, but we’ll see. Quick question: Was “fine” ever acceptable for Chris Drury or Daniel Briere?

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Trying To Get To Know Max

from the Buffalo News,

Afinogenov is entering his eighth season with Buffalo, making him the team’s longest-tenured player. Yet most people, including his teammates, know next to nothing about him.

“Max is a bit of an enigma,” said Philadelphia Flyers goalie Martin Biron, who had been with the Sabres longer than anyone else at the time he was traded in February, leaving Afinogenov as the elder statesman. “He keeps things private. He doesn’t like to talk about his personal life.”

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Rotating Captain In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff has opted to go with a monthly captain rotation, and the players voted winger Jochen Hecht to wear it first.

“Jochen does everything,” Ruff said this afternoon in HSBC Arena. “He plays in every situation. He’s got a strong voice in the room, and he’s been through all the battles with us. He’s been there. I think he’ll be good with the younger players. I think it’s well-deserved.”

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Sabres Looking For Consistent Vanek

from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

“I need Thomas to play like he’s a $900,000 player because it seemed to do pretty good last year,” Ruff said with a laugh after this morning’s practice in HSBC Arena. “That’s my analogy. Just because you’re making more money doesn’t mean you have to change as a player. My expectations of him don’t change.”...

“If he can be consistent with last year, that would be a darn good year for Thomas,” Ruff said. “Is it realistic to think he can go from 25 [goals] to 44 to 70-something? I don’t think so. But if we can keep him in that consistent area and have him be that 40- to 50-goal scorer, that would be pretty good.”

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Who Wears The “C” In Bufalo

from the Buffalo News,

At some point this week, perhaps as soon as this morning, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will address his captain.

Ruff rotated the “C” throughout the team’s six preseason games, but only one player wore it twice, underscoring Ruff’s long-held affinity for the underappreciated Jochen Hecht. O kapitan, mein kapitan?

When the Sabres open the regular season Friday against the New York Islanders in HSBC Arena, the versatile German forward could be just the third captain in club history from the Eastern Hemisphere (after Alexander Mogilny and Miroslav Satan).

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Neale To Replace Lorentz In Buffalo

from the Toronto Star,

According to sources, the Buffalo Sabres will announce today that analyst Harry Neale is leaving the Toronto Maple Leafs’ regional broadcasts to join them.

Neale’s spot on the Leafs’ regional broadcasts, seen on Rogers Sportsnet, TSN and Leafs TV, will be taken by Greg Millen….

Though the 70-year-old analyst will continue to work for Hockey Night In Canada, he won’t be calling as many Toronto games as he has in the past.

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Enough Travelling

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn said he wasn’t the only one surprised when TV and radio analyst Jim Lorentz decided to retire Tuesday.

“It sounds like he was, too,” Quinn said Tuesday night from New York City. “It happens to a lot of athletes before the start of a season. You look in the mirror and say, ‘I can’t go anymore.’ It happened to Jim. I don’t think Jim knew really until it was time to get on a plane back to Buffalo.”

Quinn said he believed Lorentz remains at his summer home in Newfoundland, where he enjoys fishing after the season ends. Quinn added that Lorentz telephoned before the preseason games began to say he wouldn’t be there at the start. He called again Monday to say he was retiring because he had enough of the traveling after 43 years as a player and broadcaster.

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Keep Numminen In Your Thoughts

from the Buffalo News,

Twelve hours before he was to check in at the Cleveland Clinic for open-heart surgery, Teppo Numminen was quite afraid.

“There’s fear, that’s for sure,” the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Wednesday from his Cleveland hotel room. He was to report to the internationally renowned cardiac hospital at 5 this morning to have a valve repaired….

The operation isn’t being done so that he can keep playing hockey. The 39-year-old Finn admitted his condition could be fatal if not addressed quickly.

“Whether I played again or not, the odds turn against you at one point, and I guess they would have turned soon,” Numminen said. “They can’t say if it’s going to be two months or two years, but something happens and then you’re in trouble. Then it’s too late.”

Don Baizley, Numminen’s agent and friend of 20 years, said, “This has been pretty traumatic. It is open-heart surgery. It’s serious business.”

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update 6:28pm, from the AP via TSN,

“Teppo Numminen’s surgery was a success and there were no complications,” Sabres doctor William Hartrich said after speaking to the doctor who performed the surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. “Teppo is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for the next several days.”

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Just Dabbling

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

In 15 years of watching the Bettman administration at work, the hockey world has learned that these fellows love to dabble.

They’ve dabbled in an unbalanced schedule, but now appear set to change back. They’ve dabbled in third jerseys and uniform “systems” and streamlining goalie equipment. They’ve dabbled in glowing TV pucks and neutral-site games and regular-season contests in Europe, not to mention the World Cup and the Winter Olympics, never fully committing to any of them….

Oh yes, and they’ve dabbled, curiously, in playing their games outdoors….

That the NHL will try to make this happen in a lakeside city that offers a winter climate that’s both unpredictable and often violently inhospitable is one interesting part of the equation.

That it’s willing to essentially undermine the competitive legitimacy of its own product by permitting such a novelty event to go forward is another.

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