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Matt Moulson Speaks About Benching

If you managed to stay till the end of the brutal 6-2 loss the Buffalo Sabres suffered on Friday night you may have noticed a certain line didn’t get much ice time at the end of the game. In fact the top line with newly acquired Matt Moulson was benched from the 13 minute mark of the 2nd period and did not see the ice the rest of the game. Today Matt Moulson talked about being benched for the first time with the Buffalo Sabres.

“It’s the most embarrassed I’ve been in my career” ~ Matt Moulson

Well that certainly doesn’t sound good, please go on Moulson.

When asked if Moulson was told why he was benched he said he had no idea and that reports would have to ask Ron Rolston why he

didn’t see the ice for the final 26+ minutes in the tough 6-2 loss. For a player such as Moulson this is a tough welcome to the Buffalo Sabres and when you read the scene painted by John Vogl, it certainly seemed to throw him for a loop.

Benching players such as Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis who have at times been known to play lazy hockey and not produce is one thing and a good wake-up for those two, but to bench a guy like Moulson is a little different. Yes the line only generated one shot but Moulson is a player who never stops working and will battle no matter the score and has made a solid impact since joining the Sabres. Wouldn’t it have been better if Rolston simply found another line to put Moulson on? What about benching an equally as bad Drew Stafford?

A player like Moulson who has the ability to score a goal or provide a spark when the Sabres desperately needed one was sitting on the bench, without a simple explanation watching his team get destroyed. Moulson, a very respected and classy player is a pending free agent at the end of this season and will likely be traded by the deadline why embarrass him?

Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the whole situation is Ron Rolston’s lack of communication with his players. Moulson says Rolston never spoke with him about being benched and he’s not the first player to say something about Rolston not communicating his message. Rolston is supposed to be a coach that teaches, you can’t teach without speaking and walking players through their mistakes yet Rolston doesn’t seem to be getting his message across clearly.

Will the benching serve as a wake up call for the top line or force Matt Moulson to check out of Buffalo?


Tags: Benching Buffalo Sabres Matt Moulson Ron Rolston

  • Richard Spalding

    Well, if there was ANY chance of Moulson staying in Buffalo (which there wasn’t, but hey!) there certainly is no incentive for him to want to play with the team now. Excellent job, Ron!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Exactly what I was thinking- any shot of him staying has gone right out the window.

    • [email protected]

      I was holding onto the idea that he would want to stay if the price was right and if it looked like there might better success down the line. But I agree, any chance is loooong gone now.

  • Dano

    This is the message being sent by Buffalo to the whole league.. ” Come here to play, and your ruined “.

    3-5 years rebuilding wont matter anymore. All those top end picks dont matter Darcy! They arent going to stay endless its only for a paycheck and nothing more.

    Im starting to believe this team would be better off with a different owner.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      first off starting to believe? lol but I agree what free agent would want to come to the Sabres?

  • dave

    As long as Darcy is the manger we have to get use to less then .500 teams full of player’s to young to care about where there play as long as there in the NHL and washed up vets who don’t have anywhere else to play that will be the Sabres for years to come get use to it my fellow die hard fans this is are suffering

    • Caitlin Campbell

      well that’s a pretty sad future- hopefully we can re-build quick

  • philherz

    I thought the hit Scott put on Eriksson was the low point of the season, but we might have to be prepared for a weekly low point from now on…..each one worse than the prior indignity!!!!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      a weekly low point? Uh-oh it’s going to be a really long season. But I do I agree that there will be many low points

    • Richard Spalding

      Yup. Just when you thought things could not get any worse . . .

      • philherz

        Seriously, is there any indication that this team is actually getting any better? At least the goaltending started out playing at a superior level, but even that looks like it’s settled into a “2013/14 Sabres” level of play.

        • Richard Spalding

          Depends on where you look. I have enjoyed watching the Flynn-Girgensons-Larsson line. So that’s something! Everywhere else . . . errr, no signs of life.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            Yup aside from Moulson they’ve been the bright spark- can’t wait to Girgensons in a couple season’s.

          • philherz

            Good points! Does that offset the declining performance from some of our veterans? I just fear the Anaheim game may become a common occurrence this year.

  • qwicwted

    Rolston is in way over his head and doesn’t know what he is doing. The one player who has been consistent is Moulson. The Ron experiment has failed – time to get someone else – Please Darcy talk to Boucher, Maurice, Laviolette or Nolan.

  • Zee Executioner

    Man, it looks bleak in Buffalo these days. It’s a shame and a bit of a headscratcher. The owner seems t genuinely want a good product, the GM has been known to put it on the ice with marginal budgets. Now, there is cash they’ve spent and are getting bitten on the butt for it.
    Finally, after firing Ruff, perhaps thinking it was time for a new direction, this guy coaching them now may not be up to snuff for the NHL.


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