When a team fails to make the playoffs, the media, fans, and the team are quick to point fingers and fire or get rid of those that are supposedly the reason for the teams down slide.
As the Sabres mediocre season is sliding to an abrupt halt, many are calling for the heads of GM Darcy Reiger, head coach Lindy Ruff, and wondering why under achieving players like Max Afinogenov and soft players like Tim Connolly are still on the team.
Lindy Ruff, favorite adopted son of Buffalo is quick to take the sabre in the belly on this one:
When your not going well (critics) point to the coach. I think it’s fair.
So Lindy is ready to take the fall if necessary. Will he be happy about it, probably not, but its business, and his chances of winning a Stanley Cup will be better elsewhere (remember, Scotty Bowman’s only team that never won a Stanley Cup – the Sabres, he won them everywhere else he went).
Craig Rivet, short termed Captain of the team, wants to lift the weight off his new coaches shoulder:
Let me tell you, this has nothing to do with the coach.
Now maybe this is just the slight backhand of a guy watching his former team make a serious run at the piece de resistance in the NHL, while his current team is unmoth-balling golf clubs.
Thomas Vanek won’t defend anyone:
Everyone is the problem, its everyone together.
Well Mr. Galisano and Mr. Quinn, you won’t listen to the fans, so now your team is saying it. This group of players and coaches is not going to cut it. So next year, take those third jerseys and make them the teams primary colors, returning us to a team that thralled us with tradition, and bring back a lasting memory of a building that once was the splendor of downtown Buffalo – and give us a new image from the inside out. We want a winner Mr. Galisano, and we want one now.