Sabres still in shock over Lindy Ruff’s firing


‘”It wasn’t so much buying the coach more time but it’s … you’re responsible as a player to play a certain way,” Miller said. “We’ve struggled to find an identity with this team for a few years now, if not four years. It’s come and gone. We’ve gotten close. At the end of last year we were playing good hockey and beating everybody. And then this year we’re in the same mental space: We don’t have that consistent confidence, for whatever reason. So it wasn’t really about trying to buy Lindy time as much as trying to step up and make the guys realize it’s on them. Lindy gave us a system to play and we weren’t playing it.”‘