'"I think they've been vindictive enough," he said of Sabres management. "They've made their point. Now it's time to move on."'
Archives for May 2001
'Not every broadcaster in town disagreed with Doug Gilmour's diatribe Saturday against "Hockey Hotline" hosts Mike Robitaille and Brian Blessing. Sabres broadcast analyst Jim Lorentz:…"Doug is right."'
'"The Sabres won't be short of suitors who come calling," Fletcher said.'
'Teams known to be interested in him include Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas and the New York Islanders. The Blackhawks might also try to lure him back. Will the Coyotes?'
'The Tampa Bay Lightning no longer expect to stock the Rochester Americans with their prospects, meaning the 22-year marriage between the Amerks and Buffalo Sabres will very likely be extended for five more seasons.'
'While introducing Peter Laviolette as his team's coach yesterday, Islanders general manager Mike Milbury believed it was necessary to acknowledge runner-up Ted Nolan and emphasize the positive impression he made on Milbury during the interview process.'
Ted Nolan overstated his own value and found himself out on his can. He was offered the head coach job in Tampa and turned it down because he wanted more money. Are you kidding me? He was offered a job to coach in the OHL; feeling it would be a major step down, he turned that down. It's been NHL or nothing for Teddy. So far, it's been nothing.
'He was driving home Monday evening feeling good about himself when his cell phone rang. It was a reporter with an update, confirming the worst. Nolan wasn't getting the job. He should have known. He thought he could bear the news, but the truth is he was devastated. He turned off the cell phone and pulled over. And he cried.'
'Nolan said in an earlier interview that he knew he made mistakes in his relationships with management in Buffalo but that he never intentionally tried to undermine anyone there, including Muckler. He also received support from Jean Knox, the wife of the former Sabres founder and team president and from Pat LaFontaine, a former Islanders and Sabres player who played for Nolan in Buffalo. Both are said to have lobbied for Nolan in regards the Islanders job.'
'Hockey's Thruway marriage – the longest between an NHL club and its top minor league affiliate – is at a crossroads. Their nuptials expire after this season, and while the teams aren't necessarily estranged, they've started playing the field.'