‘”We really felt that even with the co-captains we had tremendous leadership everywhere,” Ruff said. “And the reason their leadership was so strong was because they had tremendous support from the room. And I want to use this as a motivational tool.”‘
Archives for October 2, 2007
'Well, I’ve done it for 21 years I think for Hockey Night in Canada and for the Toronto Maple Leaf broadcast. I used to think all the time when I came to Buffalo to do a game for the Leafs, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if I could do 40 of these and go home after the game instead of driving from Toronto back here.' The travel was an issue I’ve thought about."'
'"I think everyone in our team has stepped forward as far as experience-wise," Miller said. "So, I don't doubt that we have a team to get back there. I think that everyone has been talking about losing Briere and Drury, who obviously were key parts from the team. But we learned a lot from them and guys are going to have to step up and play bigger roles. We do have a core group of guys who are exciting to watch and are great hockey players."'
‘”I love my job, and the lockout year taught me that sitting around doing nothing wasn’t quite my cup of tea,” Neale said, referring to the labor dispute that wiped out the 2004-05 season. “I was hoping I could work for as many years as I can still do the job. But to get a chance to make sure it’s three and out of home is certainly something I never dreamt would happen.”‘
'Kotalik, a two-time 20-goal scorer, has not been cleared to skate and has been experiencing pain in his knee since suffering the injury last Thursday at practice.'
‘Neale, who resides locally in East Amherst, is more widely known for his role as Bob Cole’s color commentator on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada. Neale will still continue to appear on HNIC meaning the Sabres will still need to find substitutes for Saturday night games.’
‘Lindy Ruff announced today that the Buffalo Sabres have returned to a monthly captain rotating system. Jochen Hecht was voted in by the players to be the team’s captain for the month of October.’
‘Clarke MacArthur beat out both Zagrapan and Mancari for the final forward spot. With Ales Kotalik hobbled with a knee injury, MacArthur will be competing with enforcer Andrew Peters for the final spot on the fourth line for this Friday’s season opener against the New York Islanders.’
'Neale will work approximately 70 Sabres games this season, with Robitaille in the booth for the remainder.'
‘With the departure of co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury to free agency Coach Lindy Ruff will determine his captains on a month-to-month basis. Ruff left it up to the players to vote on their captain. Ruff said that Hecht can be a vocal leader despite his apparent quiet demeanor.’