NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick has seen enough of the slumping Sabres. He targeted goaltender Ryan Miller and coach Lindy Ruff for the brunt of his on-camera criticism after Buffalo fell 5-0 in Detroit.
“I think it's time either that the goaltender gets traded or the coach needs to get fired or they need a new GM but something has to change in Buffalo,” Roenick said.
Added fellow analyst Mike Keenan: “I think Lindy would say he's really dodged a bullet on a number of occasions already. But not to win a playoff round for four consecutive years, I couldn't find a situation like that unfortunately and my tenure was much shorter than 14 years.”
But Ruff remained eerily upbeat after the Red Wings skated over his team.
“I've seen a lot worse games. I've seen a lot worse games when it comes to work ethic and skating,” he told the Buffalo News. “When I'm standing behind the bench, I've got to guard against not letting that frustration show. It's not a time to yell and scream and rant and rave. We've had some discussions in the room but my frustration can't show. I've got to be the guy that leads them through this.”
Yeah, well, good luck with that.
In Chicago, Blackhawks star Patrick Kane suggested that Sabres fans aren’t helping by dogging the goaltender.
“I still think the fans get on Miller a little bit too much back in Buffalo. He's definitely the guy there,” Kane told the News. “He's not having the kind of season he wanted to and maybe things are getting caught up in everything back there. I think they can be a good team. They've got everything in place to do well. You want them to do well, especially being from there. Not better than you're doing but at the same time, growing up there I know a lot of people who root for the Sabres. It's a city that deserves the team to do well.”