This season has not exactly been a good one for the Buffalo Sabres or their players and last night things seemed to have boiled over both on the ice and off. After last night’s 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens there was a players only meeting as things appear to have hit rock bottom for the Buffalo Sabres who sit 30th in the NHL standings and are making a strong case to become the worst team in NHL history.
But our story begins before the end of the game itself and long before the players only meeting. On the third goal which put the final
nail in the coffin of any Sabres comeback, there were a few mistakes that Ryan Miller was not pleased with. For starters, Tyler Ennis took a completely unnecessary penalty which put the Sabres a man down when they desperately needed offence and then on the penalty kill the defence- specifically Alex Sulzer did not look good and failed on their coverage allowing the Habs to score their 3rd goal.
With the Sabres losing 3-1 Ted Nolan pulled Miller for the extra man and while Miller was standing on the bench he had a pretty vocal debate with his defence about something. Both Miller and the defence looked pretty heated during the debate and it only escalated from their. After the final buzzer, Miller stood by the boards as his teammates left the ice. He gave a stick tap to a few players but was completely snubbed by his teammates on the way off the ice.
Now it’s pretty difficult to blame Ryan Miller for being frustrated as he’s been left out to dry night after night and has to put up with some pretty rough defence, but it’s still not a good sign to see him and his team feuding so openly. As mentioned above, after the game the players held a players only meeting. No players leaked any information from the meeting, but considering Nolan mentioned how little chemistry this team has and Miller and his defence imploded at each other, you can almost guess that chemistry and being a team was talked about.
Will this fight between Miller and his D be the last straw for Miller’s time in Buffalo? Do the Sabres really not trust and like each other? Right now this team has no chemistry and team without chemistry will not stand strong. Will there be more trouble brewing for the Buffalo Sabres going forward?