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.