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From The Buffalo News,
The Sabres have called a news conference for 11 a.m. today to announce a contract extension for coach Lindy Ruff, a source told The Buffalo News.
Sabres owner Terry Pegula, General Manager Darcy Regier and Ruff are expected to be an attendance. Ruff’s contract expired at the end of the season, and bringing him back was one of Pegula’s top priorities going into the offseason. Reaching an agreement was considered a formality.
From The Buffalo News,
Ryan Miller, following a long season-ending chat today, didn’t want to keep his injury secret any longer. He acknowledged the injury that sidelined him late in the year was a concussion. His head got dinged by four shots in a week, with blasts from New Jersey’s Brian Rolston and Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf doing the most damage, though it was the cumulative effect that sidelined him.
more , including audio from Miller this morning during locker cleanout.
The Sabres lost 5-2 to a superior Flyers team last night in Game 7. Thanks to Mick Kern for having me on the War Room show on Sirius XM this morning (click audio link below) to discuss the game and look ahead towards what should be an interesting offseason in Buffalo.
From Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News,
Sure, the Wells Fargo Center has been a howling, orange-clad cauldron of noise, but the Sabres have won here twice in this series and also won here on March 5. And get this: In the last 10 Game Sevens in the NHL, the home team is just 2-8—and the road team has won the last four straight.
more , including audio from Daniel Briere, Mike Richards and Peter Laviolette
Some quick thoughts on the Sabres, for the attention span impaired, going into tomorrow night’s Game 7 in Philadelphia…..
• With all of the venom spewed from Buffalo fans at Tim Connolly over the past few seasons, you’d think right about now they’d be sending Mike Richards thank you cards. You could half-jokingly say it was Connolly’s destiny to be knocked out of the series anyway, either from a jarring hit or from sacrificing himself for the team during a penalty kill by throwing his face in front of a shot from the point. For my money, his work at times with Buffalo having the man (or men) disadvantage has bordered on heroic. So much for the maligned center supposedly not having any character.
• All of this fuss about defenseman Chris Butler deserving to be benched for Game 7 is making me roll my eyes just a bit. He had a rough game, highlighted by his failure to tie up Ville Leino on the overtime goal, but is now really the time to break up the Sabres top defensive pairing? Are all the great things he did early in the series now deemed as meaningless? Butler was even for Sunday’s game while Mike Weber, who had some adventures back there with partner Steve Montador, was a -3. Folks, if you want to bench every guy on the defense who has had rough games in this series then you’ll have Dennis Persson and Corey Fienhage in your lineup on Tuesday night. Good luck with that.
“If Mike Richards thinks we’re getting away with murder, I don’t know what he got away with. Mass Murder? Are we stepping it up a notch?....unbelievable,” said the Sabres goaltender. “We lose a player for the rest of the game off of a hit that the league has been talking about that is dangerous. They (the league) better seriously consider looking at that one.”
Following Philadelphia’s 5-4 overtime win today in Buffalo, both coaches were surprisingly open about their respective lineup plans for Game 7.
Lindy Ruff announced that Derek Roy, who led the Sabres in scoring with 35 points in 35 games until he was injured in December, will play his first game in four months. Roy will replace Tim Connolly, who was injured in a hit from behind by Mike Richards and who Ruff declared will not play Tuesday night.
Peter Laviolette, after sternly telling reporters earlier in the series “I never discuss goaltenders”, came out and said that Brian Boucher will start Game 7 in Philly.
It’s not that I don’t feel guilty about missing Easter with you and the family, Mom. But there’s a rather important hockey game going on tomorrow afternoon and I just absolutely have to be there. The team that dad got me hooked on and took me to watch as a kid can eliminate the hated Philadelphia Flyers from the playoffs.
I know hockey isn’t in your blood and you wouldn’t know a puck from an overcooked meatball, so you just don’t understand what a big deal this is for Buffalo. I know you’re upset but I’ll try to explain this so that you’ll understand. And please save me some lasagna – you’re the one that always says it tastes better the next day.
Remember, Mom, when we watched the Olympics last year and I told you about Ryan Miller? Well, he’s been performing what amounts to highway robbery in the Sabres net lately, and I have to witness for myself whether or not he and his undersized and underdog teammates can really pull this off.
From The Sabres Edge Blog at BuffaloNews.com,
PHILADELPHIA—Flyers like Mike Richards and Kimmo Timonen say they need to triple their hits tonight, and that’s certainly fine with Patrick Kaleta. The Angola native was all smiles after the Sabres’ morning skate today in the Wells Fargo Center when the talk turned to how tough Game Five might become.
“It’s part of being a competitor: Hate the person and hate the team you’re going against,” Kaleta said. “That’s also the fun part too. You play the same team over and over again and it’s a battle. On the ice, it’s all-out war and that’s what you have to do.”
more, including video of Kaleta’s
dirty play at the Buffalo bench Wednesday night.
Update 1:52pm: Per CSNPhilly.com, Chris Pronger was wincing in pain while trying to take shots in practice and will not play tonight.
From Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com,
The Flyers held meetings on Thursday plus an optional skate. Richards and a few other players skated with the Black Aces, including Chris Pronger, who sources said is expected to play in Game 5, but likely in a reduced role (read: no power play time).
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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