Archives for April 2012

Sabres’ Ruff declines invitation to coach Team Canada

‘Ruff coached Team Canada in 2009 in Bern, Switzerland, where the team came up short to the Russians in the gold medal game. It was Canada’s last appearance in the final.’

No surprise Ruff and Regier are back

‘My problem with Regier since he’s been here is I like a more aggressive GM. I think trades can be made long before the trading deadline that can help clubs get out of ruts. Regier believes and has always followed you shape your team in the off season and tweak it at the trade deadline.’

Sabres’ Ennis moved by shift

‘”It was a lot of fun for me,” he said. “Every game was just enjoyable. It was just a confidence builder, too, because I felt like my game just kind of rounded out. I had the puck a lot more than I did at wing. I had more touches. I was breaking the play out. I was kind of controlling the play. That’s what I wanted. I just really enjoyed it.”‘

Sabres’ Miller ‘sick’ his poor play contributed to lost season

‘“Mainly, it was kind of, ‘Enough is enough. I’m better than this,’” Miller said Monday inside the First Niagara Center as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers following a ninth-place finish. “I don’t know. I’ve been trying to figure it out because I knew I’d have to answer something like that. It’s really just I wanted to prove something. I had a lot of play for.”‘

Sabres Vanek finally admits to his injuries

‘“My chest’s been hurting since January, I have an ankle-sprain and the shoulder’s also not completely a hundred percent. I’m just glad that I don’t need any surgery, but I do need a few weeks away from the ice to let all those little nagging injuries heal themselves.”’

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Rochester Amerks fall to Grand Rapids in OT (Rochester D&C)
Doug Janik records a franchise first as Grand Rapids Griffins keep slim playoff hopes alive (Grand Rapids Press)
Amerks playoff chances slip with OT loss (WGR-AM)
Amerks rally, but fall in overtime to Griffins (
Franchise first (

After big summer, Sabres fail to meet expectations

‘Adding Cody Hodgson could potentially be a big first step to tinkering with a team that isn’t far from not only being a playoff-bound club but a Stanley Cup contender. There will be more than $7 million come off the books in Brad Boyes and Jochen Hecht, but a raise for RFA Tyler Ennis is going to eat up part of that. Expect the narrative in Buffalo to be all about toughness — the Sabres’ collective team spirit was questioned when Miller was injured.’

As they part, the Sabres share the blame

‘”These guys believe in themselves, which showed,” Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek said Monday. “At one point we were last and we came close [to making the playoffs], so I don’t think there’s a character issue in here because I think a lot of other teams probably would have shut it down.”‘

Myers, Ehrhoff feel pain of lost season

‘”It always seems to happen on plays that are pretty innocent,” Ehrhoff said of the play that sidelined him. “The guy [Brouwer] fell into my knee and then my skates caught the ice and twisted it, and that’s all it took. I felt it right away. Obviously a very bad time of the season for an injury like that, and I’m very disappointed the way it ended for me.”‘

Hecht hasn’t given up on his career

‘”I’ll have to see about that when the time comes to negotiate,” he said. “Teams will talk about that but because I didn’t play at the end, it’s going to give me a long healing period. I feel great and am looking forward to next year.”‘

Miller saved best for exit inteview

‘”Mainly, it was enough is enough,” Miller said. “I’m better than this. I wanted to prove something. I had a lot to play for. I don’t know. A lot of things just jumbled up. I guess I still don’t know how to explain it. It was a moment of clarity, honestly. It kind of did just snap into place. It wasn’t like I forgot. It just wasn’t available to me.”‘

Sabres’ Roy wants Ruff’s criticism kept behind closed doors

‘“We’re all in it together,” Roy said Monday inside the First Niagara Center as the Sabres cleaned out their lockers. “I don’t think pointing fingers is … everybody, from Day One, worked hard together. We did some good things. We did some bad things obviously. It’s a long season. There’s ups and downs.”‘

Broken ankle would’ve sidelined Sabres defenseman Myers for first round

‘“We didn’t know right away,” Myers said. “But a couple days after we took an X-ray and it was pretty clear there was a hairline fracture there.”’

Sabres express frustration over failed finish

‘The comments reflect a sober close to a frustrating year in which the Sabres, and their high-priced lineup, fell so far short of their Stanley Cup-contending expectations that they failed to make the playoffs altogether.’

Sabres Miller is, “Sick to his stomach”

‘He again said he wants no part of being traded. Miller said, “I made a commitment to play here, I fully expect to be back. I think that me trying to dig back out of the whole I put myself in shows that I have the pride and have the commitment to be here. I don’t think I folded up my tent and started pouting. When everything was going on and being questioned with trade rumors and people suggesting that I’m a prima donna I thought I hunkered down and played my best hockey and eventually, it was really close to my best, but I don’t think it was my best and it was getting better and I made some improvements overall as a goaltender, but it just sucks that it’s too little too late and I’m sick to my stomach that I was part of something that put us in a position to miss the playoffs.”’