It’s really unfair to judge the future success of interim head coach Ron Rolston by his ability to coach in the National Hockey League based on a portion of a bad season with a really bad hockey club isn’t it? I mean the guy has shown success at every level so far leading up to his National Hockey League debut with the Buffalo Sabres – and so far, has shown that progress can be add – that something good will arise from the ashes of the former shell of what was the Lindy Ruff era of the Buffalo Sabres franchise.
I was thinking of this statement on my way to work this morning, and listening to WGR550 – Jeremy White said the same thing. Ron Rolston’s comments last night sounded eerily like the comments made by Lindy Ruff after the Buffalo Sabres last played the Winnipeg Jets. The comments that ultimately got Lindy Ruff removed from his duties as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres – and now searching for a new line of work. So far there has been one coaching change since Lindy Ruff has been fired (not counting the move by the Buffalo Sabres).
When all is said and done, rumors are that Lindy was the first choice for the Tampa Bay job but Steve Yzerman was unwilling to wait until he was done with his Easter time vacation. The head coach of the hockey team should have answers – sure you want to make sure that the players take responsibility for their actions, and the Buffalo Sabres sure didn’t show up to play hockey last night against the Tampa Bay Lightning – a team without a coach. Rolston’s comments rang in my ears loud and clear – and send a resounding message out to the National Hockey League. No one in Buffalo knows what is wrong with the Buffalo Sabres. At least no one that is close enough to the team to make a decision.
I thought back to the last time the Buffalo Sabres faced off against the New York Rangers, and the Sabres ran the Blue Shirts around – head coach John Tortorella didn’t tell the media that he didn’t know why the game was so bad, he summed it up in as few words as humanly possible. “We sucked.” The New York Rangers sucked, but are holding their own in the eighth and final playoff spot for the Eastern Conference. The Buffalo Sabres have no answers and they are lucky to be sitting in the 12th spot, now five points below the Rangers, with a game in hand on only Toronto, Winnipeg, and Pittsburgh – games in hand that mean absolutely zero. I would have preferred a we sucked out of Rolston last night as opposed to what we got.
Rolston’s comments after last game are the words you never want to utter in a job interview – and he has just guaranteed himself that he will not be behind the bench next year for the Buffalo Sabres, then again, stranger things have happened in Buffalo.