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Ruff addresses Miller’s status: “He doesn’t feel good.”

Nov 14, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

Ryan Miller AP

After declining to speak with the media yesterday (but not before F-bombing them), Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff addressed reporters today with an update on the health of goalie Ryan Miller.

The update?

He doesn’t feel good.”

Okay then!

Ruff did have plenty to say about the hit that concussed Miller.

“If he isn’t suspended, it just means teams will be able to do exactly what Lucic did,” Ruff told WIVB. “Your goaltender can play the puck, we can run them over, we can hurt them, and all you get is a two minute minor penalty. You can concuss the goaltender, make no attempt to get out of the way, and it’s fair game on goaltenders.”

Ruff also added that the lack of response from Miller’s teammates — including the passive approach employed by defenseman Tyler Myers, who (not coincidentally) is a healthy scratch tonight — saying that the issue has been dealt with and that he hopes it makes the Sabres a better team.

So, how was it dealt with?

Sabres center Paul Gaustad told reporters today the team apologized to Miller and vowed not to let it happen again. Gaustad has emerged as a key figure in this situation; he was on the ice for the hit and one of the first players to call out himself and teammates for their lack of response. Lindy Ruff then subtly called out Gaustad (“Paul was on the ice,” he reminded reporters) and Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News points out that Gaustad is probably Miller’s best and longest-term friend on the club. The two have been teammates since 2002.

  1. cowboys282 - Nov 14, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Buffalo is lying. If you watched the full game which many did not you would see it was clear that Miller got concussed on the play in which Seguin was checked from behind into the net and had a very voilent collision with Miller.

    I can’t find the video anywhere but it happened. From Bruins live blog:

    First Period, 19:08, Sabres 1-0: The Bruins have another power play and Miller has another bruise, as Ville Leino goes off for hooking. That penalty sent Seguin crashing into Miller and he drove the net looking for a rebound.

    Anyone who finds this video will see the truth.

    • donfocker89 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      So the Tyler Seguin (6′ 1″ 182lbs.) collision was more violent than Milan Lucic (6′ 4″ 220lbs) intentionally bowling over Miller causing him to be concussed?……….Your probably right. And a moron.

      • cowboys282 - Nov 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        You shouldn’t comment on things you did not see. The weight and size meant nothing as it relates to these two incidents. You obviously didn’t see the second collision and are only commenting on assumptions based on the weight of the players involved. Watch the game before you make blanket assumptions and question others intelligence.

      • donfocker89 - Nov 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM

        I did see both of them. Goalies get hit into nets all the time by a player being shoved by another. Theres no way the intensity on that hooking penalty on Lenno concussed him. And I think weight and size does have to do more with hitting someone. Have you played contact sports? But hey I guess were just making assumptions here and questioning others intelligence. Have you talked to Miller? Are you his doctor? Oh no, your just from Boston defending your team becausing fingers are being pointed at the Bruins again. I understand Boston is the “Golden Standard” of sports over the past decade but it doesnt allow foolish fans like yourself to claim what you think is the truth. Dont worry I’ll come see you if I ever get concussed, you seem to know A LOT about things. Focker…..OUT!

      • lukepance - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM

        The falling Tyler Seguin put a majority of his weight into the point of impact whereas the lucic shoulder hit was directionally upward. Their relative weights still play a factor but it’s entirely possible that Seguin caused the concussion, especially when you consider that Ryan Miller felt well enough to play immediately afterwards. Moreover he seemed intent on spearing Lucic in front of the net with no fear of retribution (not the actions of one concerned with having a head injury). With all the awareness of concussions in the NHL right now I’m hard pressed to believe they would have sent Miller out again if he had any symptoms what so ever. I suffered a concussion this year, and while they are all different, I’m pretty sure he would know something was wrong. It doesn’t feel GOOD!

  2. saberfan74 - Nov 14, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    R u kidding about your theory, get real. Lies my rear end.

  3. shaka49 - Nov 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    I’m confused by this entire thing. Miller came out of his crease to play the puck. Lucic checked him. In fact, I am confused why a penalty was called. Lucic didn’t appear to make contact with Miller’s head, Miller’s head certainly didn’t hit the ice. It looked like a clean hit. I think Lindy Ruff is just pissed off his team did nothing in retaliation.

  4. pastabelly - Nov 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    There was no contact to the head. Buffalo wanted Lucic suspended and Ruff would say anything. If the game were in Buffalo, you can bet the Buffalo police would have a warrant out for Lucic’s arrest just like Montreal did to Charra. The Northeast Division should re-name itself the Weenie Division.

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