'"They traded for me so they've got to play me or they've got to trade me," Kozlov told Buffalo's WGR Radio after learning he wasn't going to play against the New York Rangers. "I'm not going to watch the games from the press box. I've got to make a decision on what I'm going to do next."'
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'"By making those comments, he showed he knows absolutely nothing about where I've been, what I've done and how far I've come."'
'With a goal and nine assists on the power play, Zhitnik has been in on 10 of the Sabres' 17 power-play goals this season.'
'Ruff was unavailable Monday, but probably will have to answer for his comments before the Rangers and Sabres meet tonight at HSBC Arena.'
'The Rangers were short-handed 22 times and allowed five power-play goals in losing their last two games. Conversely, they are 0-for-17 over the last three games on their power play.'
'Fleury took that to mean his fight with substance abuse, for which he sought and received treatment late last season and over the summer.'
'Fleury said he has heard other references to his personal problems on the ice this season but found those less objectionable because they were made in the heat of battle.'
'"I don't think you should ever get into anybody's personal life if you're a coach," Ranger head coach Ron Low declared, eyes blazing.'
'"I think he did cross a line," Fleury said. "I would think, being a coach in the NHL, that he would have a little more class than what he showed, saying what he said. I'm not going to get into a war of words with someone that obviously doesn't understand what I've been through."'
'"For Theo to call Varada an embarrassment to the game, well, he's been as much an embarrassment to the league the last couple of years as any player," Ruff said. To the Rangers, the meaning of the statement was clear — Ruff was talking about Fleury's admission of a substance-abuse problem and subsequent entry into a rehabilitation program last February.'