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Trouble Brewing With the Buffalo Sabres


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?

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller

  • Jes

    I never seen Miller having a “heated debate” with his defensemen? Did this happen when he got pulled for the extra attacker? If you are talking about that it honestly just seemed like they were talking about what went wrong on the last play and so on didn’t seem heated to me.

    Also Miller has a right to be pissed at his D and his offense absolutely no show since Nolan took over.

    • Denis MacDougall

      I could not agree more with your comment about Miller being hung out to dry. If only a few more Sabres stepped up perhaps we might win a few more games in what has become a dreadful season thus far. As for being pissed I will fall into this category yet again should the team have another poor showing against the Leafs tomorrow evening.

      • Jes

        (y)

        • Kevin

          To be honest I’m surprised it has taken this long for Miller to crack. Hats off to him for his patience up until now, from what we have seen or heard about anyway. it could mean he will now ask to be traded and the players around would love nothing more, but timing is everything. If noone is asking, or has the space, then you have to keep till they do. Another thing. I bet my, last paycheck he is not going to the Blues unless its a blockbuster deal at the deadline that brings a high priced guy back.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I agree Kevin, he’s been very quite and respectable during this time. Everyone has been expecting him to skate off giving his team and the fans the figure haha.
            If it’s a deal thats good for Miller and the Sabres I’m game

          • Jes

            Ya Kevin I see Nashville, Colorado and Anaheim as favorites to land Miller.

            Anaheim being the most likely destination. They have a load of young talent to. One of the best pools of prospects in the league.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            From what I’ve heard Anaheim and Nashville were talking about a deal for netminders until Fasth got hurt and so now they’re running with Hiller (I believe). The Ducks do have have Gibson in the pipeline, so unless Miller mentors him there’s not much there for him sadly

      • Caitlin Campbell

        If only a few others would consistently step up, undoubtly the Sabres would win a few more of these close games

    • Caitlin Campbell

      the D has been a no show all season not just since Nolan took over.
      They were talking about the goal but there was a point where you could see how upset Miller was with his D.

      • Jes

        I meant to say the OFFENSE HAS BEEN A NO SHOW SINCE NOLAN TOOK OVER.
        We were scoring more than this with Rolston under the gun. We are scoring like 1.7 goals per game since he’s come into coach.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          oh ok that makes more sense :p I agree there has been virtually no offence this season which is sad… top line has almost dried right up.

  • Ben Chalker

    I keep saying, call St Louis and get it done. Now.

    • Jes

      I know man I really want Ty Rattie and Chris Stewart. But seeing how Nolan’s been using his PF’s thus far, maybe he won’t be a good pickup.

      • Ben Chalker

        No guarantee Ted Nolan makes it to season 14/15.

        Rattie would be a good acquisition, and if you’re eating Miller’s salary, which I’m pretty sure you’ll have to ( the Blues have 500k in space today and 1.9m at the deadline ), a first and a prospect is pretty reasonable for a cheap goalie upgrade.

        • Jes

          I hope you are right about Ted Nolan. I honestly do not want him coaching here. Still do not get what all the rave was about. The hardest working team in the NHL and so on and so forth, have seen zero evidence of that.

          • Ben Chalker

            There has been some improvement. I think he’ll see out the year, all the while reinstating a better work ethic etc. in order to set the tone for whomever the new GM hires as Head coach.

          • Ben Chalker

            I could potentially see Nolan sticking around in an associate/assistant coaching position when the new guy comes in, if only for a transitional period perhaps

          • Caitlin Campbell

            The new GM will likely bring in his new coach but might keep Nolan as an assistant or something

          • Jes

            That’s what I’m hoping. Maybe be a special teams coach or something.

          • ende

            Not sure Nolan would go for that.

          • ende

            Ted is good for bringing about cultural change in the locker room. That doesn’t just happen in a couple weeks though. Don’t expect any real change for another season or two. He’s not the long term solution though.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      Honestly the sooner the better… Miller wants out it’s time to give him his deal

    • ende

      The moment the market exists the deal will be done. The fact that it hasn’t happened yet indicates that the market doesn’t yet truly exist. Unfortunately you can’t just push a goalie onto the market when you want to. It’s a bit of a buyer’s market.. unless you’re a couple weeks away from the playoffs with an injured goalie of course. It’s not like the organization is just sitting on its hands though.

      Don’t worry, I think he’ll go right before the deadline.

  • chas territo

    Did you expect a better showing when there so bad? It has been a terrible season, so, they show their true colors! My only question is” what took so long to publcly argue?” After all, I don’t see many mature seasoned player here or at leasst in WNY!

    • Caitlin Campbell

      ummm I think Miller has been trying to maintain his image for the rest of the league and the Olympic team but other than him the youngsters probably don’t care as much

      • Jim

        If miller goes to Olympics than trade him he was lost for the rest of season for only winning the silver I blamed Ruff for that. Ruff gone get over it.
        but Enroth in but a two way goalie on the bench and send Miller to the booth

        • Caitlin Campbell

          a two-way goalie? Sorry I’ve never heard of that… is that a goalie who scores 20 goals a year as well as stopping 40+ pucks a night?
          You did not seriously just say they should send Miller to the press box did you?

          • Jim

            A two way ? A goalie that can return to Roch eithout being waived. Returning Hackett means waiving him.

          • Jim

            Sure send Miller to press box to observe he can’t aid in repairing defense if doesn’t doesn’t see the new skeem of playing defense he still stuck in Rufff Mode…

  • qwicwted

    Ennis took a stupid penalty and I understand Miller being pissed – Sabres were in the game until undisciplined penalties put them a man down. They needed to have a team meeting long before this and you can’t just blame the rookies. Ehroff isn’t a rookie and neither is Meyers, Sulzer, Tillander or McBain. It amazes me because here we have one of the best D-men ever, Teppo N., coaching our d and they look lost. I see some improvement with our offense, but Ennis is no rookie and shouldn’t be making such a costly mistake, especially in the final minutes of a close game.

    • Jes

      Numminen one of the best defensemen ever?

      • qwicwted

        Well, let’s see – he’s won two silvers and one bronze playing for Finland, aside from that he finished his NHL career with 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in 1372 NHL games. At the time of his retirement, his 1372 NHL games were the most by a European-born and trained player at any position and has only been exceeded by Nicklas Lindstrom. To me, that speaks volumes.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      they need to learn to play disciplined hockey in a hurry

  • Greg Czechowicz

    need some veteran score game players other than that theywill looooose every game must make a trade forforwards and defenseman who we got????????????

  • qwicwted

    Right now I don’t see any dealing going down until Patty La La hires a new GM. Problem is, he hired another scout who IMO hasn’t really shown much in helping Edmonton rebuild their team. We need a new GM Pat, someone who is saavy, can build or has built relationships and one that is not afraid to pull the trigger on a deal. Don’t want to do a deal, just to do a deal – but there are something going on right now that I think could benefit the Sabres. Maybe talk to the Jets about trading Ennis/Adam for Kane. I get the impression that Nolan has kind of written off Moulson – based on his decrease in ice time. If so, why not trade him and get someone in that fits the type of player that Nolan wants.