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by Paul on 12/20/11 at 10:41 AM ET
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
Pegula ought to be mad. It’s time he did something about it. He needs to shake things up. There’s no culture of accountability in that operation. This is the 15th year of Regier and Ruff. It’s a culture of contentment, in which people become too comfortable, and it trickles down to the players.
Do something. I would have fired Regier at the start. He could get rid of Ruff. Coaches get fired in the NHL all the time. Or make a big trade, something that will get the attention of the locker room and let the players know that inconsistent work ethic and spotty production won’t be tolerated….
The numbers say Miller is an average goalie. His career goals-against (2.59) and save percentage (.914) would rank below average in the NHL right now. His stats this year (3.12 GAA, .902 save pct.) are near the bottom of the league. He had one great season. That doesn’t make him elite.
There’s no longer any justification for treating Miller like a franchise goalie, an untouchable. The longer they wait, the more Miller’s value could diminish. But it’s hard to see Regier making such a bold move, especially now that Jhonas Enroth has come back to earth.
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