‘”I thought both players played very well for us, but Drew currently has a little more finish,” said Ruff of Stafford and Paille. “Looking at that line with Roy and Vanek, we’re looking for a guy that can help set up plays and also help finish.”‘
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‘”That’s the point of having Marty here,” said Ruff. “These types of things pop-up and Marty is more than capable of playing some great hockey for us.”‘
‘”We don’t expect it to be too long,” Ruff said following Friday’s morning skate. “It’s something that flared up on him.”‘
'Miller wasn't on the ice for the morning skate, which was not optional. He suffered the muscle strain during a work out.'
‘”The odds against him probably were fairly large on making it,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “But he’s overcome that just by hard work.”‘
‘”He’s feeling better,” Ruff said after Thursday’s practice. “Hopefully he just keeps progressing. We’re still hopeful it’s in that 10- to 14-day range.”‘
‘C Chris Gratton is on pace to finish the season with 20 points.’
‘The problem with the Sabres at the moment is that the injuries have started to reer their ugly head, and all teams have to deal with them, some more than others. Buffalo can certainly attest to that with last year in the playoffs when their defensmen went down.’
'"He had a great understanding of the game," said Sutter, the former Panthers coach who now is director of player development. "Then when he came to the NHL, he played under two of the best in Scotty Bowman and Roger Neilson. There was never a doubt in my mind he had the qualifications."'
‘Golisano’s first move was to bring back the team’s former president, Lawrence Quinn, as managing partner. Known as arrogant and divisive, Quinn was an unpopular choice among some fans, but Golisano didn’t care: Quinn knew how to knock heads and cut costs. Out went 118 front office jobs. “There were too many people not doing much of anything and getting paid for it,” says Golisano, who can be stingy himself.’