Buffalo Sabres goalies Ryan Miller has a sore neck and is experiencing headaches after colliding with Bruins forward Milan Lucic Saturday in Boston.
Miller met with the media today and spoke on a number of topics. The full audio of the interview can be found at BuffaloNews.com.
A brief rundown of what he had to say:
—-On the league’s decision not to suspend Lucic: “I’m disappointed, but it’s out of my control. I had my sound bite. You guys know how I feel. I don’t think that’s changed much. There are two sides to it, and they chose to go that direction.”
—-On the collision with Lucic: “I don’t think I was that far out of the net when you consider it was a free puck moving towards my crease, and I went to make a reasonable play on the puck.”
—-On the Bruins saying it wasn’t even a headshot: “I didn’t know they were all doctors…concussions are caused by many things…it doesn’t need to be a direct impact.”
—-On his teammates: “These guys in here have my back.”
—-On the way the Sabres should’ve responded: “Lucic’s a tough guy, what are you going to do? Try and hack him? Spear him? Cheapshot him? Then you’re no better than he is.”
—-On Lucic’s explanation for the collision: “Yeah, I’ve heard what he had to say. Do I buy it? I think he said what he had to say to avoid getting suspended…It’s the NHL, man — the guy can skate. He can stop, he can turn, he can pick his head up….If he didn’t see me, I don’t even know how that could happen.”
Miller also went on at length about how team matters are settled behind closed doors and not in front of the media, so I think it’s safe to assume there was plenty of discussion about this incident among Sabres players and coaches. What exactly was said we’ll have to leave to our imaginations.
The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Justin Bailey from AHL Rochester.
It’s the first time Bailey, a second-round pick in 2013, has ever been called up to the NHL. The 20-year-old joins the big club after piling up 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last eight games for the Americans.
Most Sabres fans will know that Bailey is from Buffalo (technically, Williamsville), the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey. (To learn more, click on this Buffalo News story from July.)
The Sabres play Thursday in Philadelphia, where Bailey will reportedly make his NHL debut.
To make room for Bailey on Buffalo’s roster, Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve.
Thing have gone from bad to weird in Minnesota, where embattled Wild coach Mike Yeo was “disappointed” to see Zenon Konopka’s rabbit holding a sign that read, “YEO MUST GO.”
Hey, we told you things had gotten weird.
Konopka, a former Wild player, took to Twitter last night after Minnesota’s latest loss.
Here’s what Konopka tweeted:
And what did Yeo think about that?
“I really don’t care what he says,” he told the Star Tribune, apparently adding with a laugh, “I will say I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.”
Now, according to the newspaper’s Michael Russo, “Konopka and Yeo had a lot of issues behind the scenes and that’s why [Konopka] ended up on waivers two Januarys ago.”
Still, that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of Wild fans agree with Hoppy, er, Konopka, and it doesn’t change the fact that the Wild could really, really use a win tomorrow at home to Washington.
Nice work from Artem Anisimov and Matt Niskanen this week, but Connor McDavid‘s tally is on a different level.
You can pretty much bank on McDavid being in Goals of the Year, too. Just saying.
Laurent Brossoit is getting another crack at the NHL.
On Wednesday, the Oilers announced they demoted Anders Nilsson — who, earlier this year, was carrying the starting gig in Edmonton — and recalled Brossoit from AHL Bakersfield.
Brossoit, 22, is an interesting story. Taken in the sixth round of the 2011 draft (164th overall), he’s really made strides over the last year. He made his big-league debut at the end of last season and performed extremely well, making 49 saves on 51 shots in a loss to San Jose.
This year, Brossoit was named an AHL All-Star. He’s posted a 14-8-3 record for the Condors thus far, with a 2.70 GAA and .921 save percentage.
As for Nilsson, his demotion comes after losing the starting gig to Cam Talbot. Nilsson has also struggled to find the good form shown in November, when he made 10 starts and posted a .915 save percentage.
In his last outing, the lanky Swede allowed three goals on 10 shots in an embarrassing 8-1 loss to the Isles.