Taking his customary pregame nap on Saturday afternoon, Rob Ray stretched out on his couch like an old dog with the house to himself.
Archives for February 18, 2001
There must have been some painful splinters in the bench last week when Lindy Ruff sat Miroslav Satan for a period following a costly mistake, because his play has transformed to the lethal scoring explosion he's so capable of.
'It says on page six of the New Jersey Devils' media guide that Lou Lamoriello runs the team. But the Buffalo Sabres own them.'
'Every player needs a proverbial kick in the pants every now and again. Looking back, maybe Ruff made a mistake by benching Satan against the Thrashers. He should have sat him down five weeks ago after a dreadful performance in San Jose when he played 191/2 minutes and didn't register a shot.'
'The Buffalo Sabres will be without Dave Andreychuk for at least five days because of swelling in his right knee.'
'He's 37, still young by life's standards but an old man when it comes to hockey. His face is battered from 18 seasons and some 1,300 games in the NHL. He needs days off from practice; maintenance days, he calls them.'
'The common link emerging between the Sabres' past and the Islanders' future is none other than Ted Nolan, unemployed in the NHL since winning the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year in 1997. Fans have expressed interest in the former Sabres coach, and Wang is at least laying the groundwork for Nolan's possible return to the NHL.'
'The announcement by the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday that they have no intention of trading goalie Dominik Hasek before the March 13 deadline wasn't good news to backup Martin Biron.'
'It was the fourth time this season the usually steady Brodeur had been removed from a game. On two occasions it was because of injury, and once, on Oct. 19 against Washington, because he surrendered four goals on 11 shots. But Brodeur was not upset at being pulled. He was genuinely relieved. "I was kind of happy," said Brodeur. "In a game like that, you might as well get some rest."'
'What was left of the Devils all but abandoned goalie Martin Brodeur, who was yanked with 6:33 left in the second period and the Devils trailing 4-1 thanks to two Miroslav Satan goals. The Devils' lone goal came from rookie Pierre Dagenais, who was an emergency recall from Albany (AHL) and was playing in his first NHL game.'