'Several of the Buffalo higher-ups with whom Nolan had a frosty relationship still run the Sabres.'
Archives for January 2, 2007
'For the third game in a row, Miller allowed a third-period goal and nothing more in a 3-1 Sabres victory over the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon.'
'I'm not suggesting the Sabres should have held a pregame ceremony or erected a statue in your honor, but it would have been nice had they recognized the only coach in 26 seasons to guide them to a division title. It would not have killed them to show your face for a few seconds on the $4 million Jumbotron.'
'"We've had some good power plays. We've had some bad power plays," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "There's times when we've been really out of sync, and there's been times when we really passed it well."'
‘But coach Lindy Ruff wasn’t necessarily looking for big-time production from his second-year, workaholic forward. He was searching for a perfect balance on the Drury line and he’s thinking he has found it.’
‘“Last year we really used the power play and for some reason we just can’t get it going,” said Brian Campbell, who surprisingly has just five power-play points. “I know it’s been better the last two, three weeks. We’ve worked on it a lot more. We’ve just got to keep staying on the same page. It’s gotta come around.”’
‘“Personally, I’m glad to see he’s back in the game. He’s doing a very good job with that team,” Ruff said. “Ten days ago, that team was knocking on first place in that division. He deserves a lot of credit for that.”’
‘One brief flash of his mug on the giant centre ice video screen would have ignited the 18,690 patrons in attendance to erupt into cheers. It was a chance that would never come. On this night, the Jumbotron was a “No Teddy Zone.”‘
‘Nolan said he long ago got over his bitter departure from the Sabres’ organization, but it was clear the snub during Buffalo’s 3-1 win at sold-out HSBC Arena stung a bit. “It’s sad,” Nolan said. “It would have been nice if someone who had accomplished something here in the past was acknowledged.”‘