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Buffalo shakes up their lines while Lindy Ruff sounds off

Jan 26, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

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Things started off nicely for the Buffalo Sabres this season after winning their first two games. Two losses in a row to the Carolina Hurricanes, however, have coach Lindy Ruff shaking up his lines.

Mike Harrington of the The Buffalo News has the update on how Ruff is juggling things and it’s thanks to a lack of production with three other lines. The Sabres have only one goal from a forward not named Jason Pominville, Thomas Vanek, or Cody Hodgson and that’s bad news for the rest of the team.

Vanek had rest from practice this morning and Marcus Foligno subbed for him on that top line. His usual line with Ennis and Stafford, however, has been broken up. With Gerbe back healthy and Ville Leino (hip) still out of action things aren’t quite back to normal.

Meanwhile, Ruff tells the press, as Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald notes, Grigorenko could sit out to keep him from reaching his fifth game and forcing the team to decide to keep him or send him back to juniors. He also had this to say about how the team is going to play from now on.

Right on, man.

  1. TestSubjekt - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Benching Grigorenko for the third wasn’t a smart move considering how little time they have to make a decision. I don’t know what he did to deserve it, but to me the benching and now possibly being scratched means he’s going to have to score in game #5 to stay in Buffalo.

    • billsin20xx - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Ruff doesn’t know how to help a young player learn to score! There has been one constant in the last 10 years as to te Sabre’s lack of scoring!! RUFF

  2. iownyou2 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    This needs to be done, this team will be .500 at best if this lack of production keeps up. As far as Grigorenko goes I dont know if this was the best time to bring him on, such a short camp and such I think he will be better served back in the Q.

  3. buff80 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Time for Lindy to go. He seems to be clueless. I thought Pegula would make some changes. A killer locker room is great but it’s status quo with the gm/coaching. 14 yrs and still nothing. At least the Bills seem to have hired a real D coordinator…

  4. 19to77 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Last year their offense was almost more from their bottom six than the top six. Now their firepower is too top-heavy. Weird.

    • zetaone - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      Not really.

      Last year it was still pretty much Vanek and Pominville carrying. Then towards the end the Ennis/Foligno/Stafford line was born. Though they haven’t done anything at all this year.

  5. kgun80 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Anyone who has followed the Sabers during Ruff’s tenure saw this coming .. Young talented players get suffocated and Lindy brings them along slowly..just put the kid out there!! And get Hecht out!! He hasn’t been effective in 4 years!!

    • elemeno89 - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

      Cue the fanboys who think they know what their talking about after four games.

      • londoner2012 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

        It is good to see your comments. Afraid.

    • londoner2012 - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Disappointing to see no one can win a face off including Hecht. Hodgson is another Connolly.buffalo needs a coach wh can teach face offs. Adams is no Gaudstad face off man. Too bad Arnott got picked up by NYR. Who is to blame – both Regier and Ruff. Sorry Mr. Pegula, you made a mistake signing Regier to an extension. Time to trade some defencemen and forwards. Sorry fans and I am a season ticket holder, frustrated and waiting or ticket prices to rise next year again.

      • londoner2012 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM

        Time to get rid of Stafford, Sekera and Weber. Leopold has been Buffalo’s best defence man but could be traded. Brennan must get his chance soon. Nick Foligno would look nice in Buffalo. Buffalo cannot start slow or it will be are at of 9th like last year. Miller is playing great along with Poms and Vanek.

    • billsin20xx - Jan 27, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      I don’t know about the Hecht comment but the rest was true. Definitely time for Ruff to go….

  6. westsidewilly - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I thought they played well enough to win on Friday. I wasn’t unhappy with the effort. Carolina goalie edged Miller.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Grigorenko won’t be sitting out. He’s centering Stafford/Ott tomorrow. I’m pretty sure it’s Ennis/Foligno/Gerbe- provided Ruff doesn’t give Hecht the key to the city, and top 9 ice time.

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