The Sabres Observer
SportsBusiness Journal has released a report detailing regional and national television ratings for U.S.-based NHL clubs, and the Sabres once again are near the top of the heap.
In this edition of Sabres Observer Radio, I debate with Joe Pinzone the possibility that Darcy Regier may be forced to adjust his thinking on the trade deadline.
We're joined on the show by beat writer Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald, and we finish things off with a little fun talking about a Buffalo News column from Sunday that called for 15 former Sabres to be given jobs in the hockey department.
Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson had some interesting comments last night on where things stand between Lindy Ruff and Steve Yzerman as the Lightning GM searches for his next head coach.
While it's no secret that Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and Drew Stafford are being mentioned in trade talks, a report last night hinted that the Sabres could be putting a bigger name than all three of them on the block.
Imagine how interesting hockey life would be in Buffalo if a team coached by Lindy Ruff came into First Niagara Center - say, three weeks from today - to battle the Sabres in a game with major playoff implications.
With an opening created this morning courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning, that scenario may not be so far-fetched.
Sportsnet's Scott Morrison has joined the ranks of those in the national media who believe that it would be best for Ryan Miller to find a new home.
"I think it's time for Ryan Miller, and I also think it's time for the Buffalo Sabres to move on from him."
From Paul Hamilton of WGR-550,
With things just not going well here, Stafford said asking Darcy Regier to trade him isn’t in his makeup, “No, absolutely not. That’s not something that’s part of my character, I was brought up a certain way and I’m here to focus on the controllables and that’s how I’m playing. If I’m going in there and demanding this and demanding that, that’s just not the type of person I am, so I’m never going to quit no matter how bad it gets.”
So, this is how bad things have gotten for Tyler Myers: Once considered an untouchable in the Sabres organization, it's now gotten to the point where writers are lamenting that his contract has become an albatross for Darcy Regier.
He didn't name names, but Nick Kypreos said today that, despite what is considered to be a weak goaltending market, there would be plenty of interest in Ryan Miller if the Sabres wanted to move him.
There has been a minor scheduling change involving the Sabres.
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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