The Sabres Observer
If this morning's story you may have seen on the internet stating that Ron Rolston has hired Lake Superior head coach Jim Roque as an assistant with the Sabres is true, it's certainly news to Jim Roque.
From Paul Hamilton of WGR-550,
The Sabres have yet to confirm this, but many sources have told me that Ron Rolston has fired James Patrick and Kevyn Adams.
The report also says Patrick was very upset to be passed over for the head coaching job when Lindy Ruff was fired.
One of my favorite hockey quotes ever came from former Sabres goalie Martin Biron, who was asked what he was thinking when tough guy Andrew Peters stepped in for him to fight Ray Emery during the legendary Sabres -- Senators brawl of 2007.
Biron’s answer: “I kind of got stood up on the dance floor.”
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier could’ve used the same line Monday after his
boss equal valiantly and even embarrassingly took one for the team at the season-ending press conference.
As Regier braced for the smoldering fire to which his feet were about to be placed, Sabres President Ted Black stepped in and threw buckets of ice water on the hot coals.
Sabres President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier today held an end of season press conference which slowly devolved into an uncomfortable circus.
In a letter mailed to season ticket holders, the Sabres announced that they'll be increasing season ticket pricing for next season.
Talk about kicking a gift horse in the mouth.
Is there something about the diehard hockey fans of Buffalo that’s become too much for this group of Sabres to handle?
If fans can dish it out, they can take it back? This town has been “taking it” for the better part of 43 years, and the Stanley Cup-hungry Buffalo faithful repeatedly look past their dissatisfaction with an inferior product by emptying their wallets to fill the building.
It was cute at first, but the constant pouting coming from this group of underachievers has really gotten tiresome.
When Milan Lucic peeled away from Patrick Kaleta, passing up a golden opportunity for a vicious check on the Sabres agitator into the sidewall early in the first period of last night’s 3-2 Buffalo shootout win over the Bruins, you knew even strictly from a hockey sense that this game was different.
Unlike as prognosticated, TD Garden wasn’t a hornet’s nest or bear’s den. The Sabres weren’t destined, as hinted during pregame by Pierre McGuire, to play the role of the Washington Generals.
Boston didn’t need the win, but they needed the game.
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth didn't mince words when discussing how things for him have changed for the better since February.
From Howard Simon of WGR-550,
"It's disheartening when we get hemmed in our zone and they’re basically mocking us. When you get up past the blue line and you finally get it in their zone after a minute and a half shift where they didn’t even have a scoring opportunity. I guess you can say it was more of the mocking of my teammates that probably pissed a lot of guys off including myself. You're a fan of the Buffalo Sabres and hopefully you come to cheer us on and motivate us."
Another day, another report of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek being on their way out of Buffalo.
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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