The Sabres Observer
You can draw your own conclusions from facts, especially when the NHL trade deadline is approaching.
Well, here's an indisputable truth for you: the Sabres and Kings have been checking each other out a lot lately.
Some quick Sabres trivia: Which two Buffalo forwards lead the team in average ice time since Ron Rolston replaced Lindy Ruff as head coach?
If you don’t have Steve Ott as one of your answers, you lose.
As a matter of fact, Ott and captain Jason Pominville are the only 2 forwards on the team under Rolston to average more than 20 minutes per game.
Some will tell you this is due to the fact that Ott plays on both special teams units.
I’ll tell you it’s because this talent-deficient Sabres team doesn’t have too many other options.
Mark Easson of Sports City asked me to contribute to his feature on NHL rookies.
Suffice it to say the Sabres don't have any Calder candidates this year.
Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth raised a few eyebrows last night when he told the media, following a Buffalo 3-2 shootout loss to New Jersey in which cramps caused him to leave the game after Patrick Elias' game-tying goal with just over a minute left in regulation, that he probably shouldn't drink coffee on game days.
While this admission irritated some Buffalo media and fans, coffee isn't exactly a newfound discovery among NHL players.
From Paul Hamilton of WGR-550,
"A lot of people are calling me scumbags, a dirty hockey player, but I play hard, I play on the edge. It doesn’t define me as a person, it defines one play that could be controversial either way, so that’s the way it is."
Brendan Shanahan has to make a decision on the nasty Patrick Kaleta hit from behind on Brad Richards which took place during the Rangers 3-2 shootout win over the Sabres last night. The Buffalo forward has a 3:00 p.m. hearing by phone.
If you're looking for some irrational defense of the hit from a big fan of the team, you won't get it here. There's no excuse for what Kaleta did, and any talk of whether or not Richards did some acting after he landed on the ice is ridiculous and irrelevant.
While the Sabres' ritual of giving the team's brown fur coat to their player of the game has helped lighten the mood in a tough season, a well known animal rights group was not impressed when hearing of it.
This week on Sabres Observer Radio, Joe Pinzone and I are joined by Andy Boron of Die By The Blade and Chris Ostrander of Two In The Box to discuss the sorry state of the NHL's 29th place hockey team.
Courtesy of WKBW-TV in Buffalo, here is video of Lindy Ruff's farewell press conference today:
One of my favorite Lindy Ruff clips, and a childhood memory of mine from when he was a player. Ruff attacks Islanders goaltender Billy Smith after being highsticked during Game 6 of the 1980 Semifinals.
About The Sabres Observer
Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
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