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Sabres’ Miller: ‘We deserve to be booed’

Feb 19, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres heard plenty of boos during their 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night, and goalie Ryan Miller told John Vogl of the Buffalo News that the jeering was merited.

“We’re not playing the caliber of hockey this city deserves,” Miller said. “We deserve to get booed.”

Again, he understands where fans are coming from.

“They just want you to work hard. They just want you to give them something to cheer about,” Miller said. “We’ve been letting them down.”

This is the second straight game that the 32-year-old netminder fumed to the press after a tough loss. The former Vezina winner called the team’s Sunday loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins “unacceptable,” among other things.

Vogl reports that the team had a closed-door locker room meeting that lasted at least 15 minutes after the game.

This loss is another potential bullet point for those who continue to call for Lindy Ruff’s head. He’s the longest-tenured bench boss in the NHL, yet this season represents one of the biggest threats to his tenure.

Ruff echoed Miller’s thoughts to the Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington.

“I totally understand,” Ruff said. “I’m embarrassed. I have a hard time explaining that one.”

If nothing else, it seems like the team is just as upset as their fans.

  1. kgun80 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    This team is truly embarrassing. As a long time fan,and someone who buys jerseys and attends at least 10 games a year.. I’m just done. I really think Terry has to face the facts you put together a BAD team. There are some good pieces but you have a coach who from what I can see has lost total control… And a GM who over spent on some very bad hockey players!! Stafford, Hecht, Gerbe, Scott, Brennan, Leopold, Enroth… The list goes on and on!! Stafford is a lazy bum! He admitted that hockey was not a priority!! Then you give him a long term deal based on 2 average seasons and one season with thirty goals?!! Who makes that decision. Gerbe was an awesome college player his game has not and will not translate to the pros!! He is not StLouis he is not Brierre!! The rest of the guys I mentioned are garbage! Be merciful trade Miller and Vanek and Pominville give these guys a chance to excell and win somewhere because based on your recent dealings and contrary to what you stated when purchasing the team.. (You want to win multiple Stanley Cups) it ain’t gonna happen anytime soon!! I hope I’m wrong but were far far away from a Championship!!

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      At this point I believe Columbus has a more realistic shot a a Cup than Buffalo

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Something that’s become clear this week: Nobody hates the Sabres more than Ryan Miller.

      • wonderkt - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Well done!

  2. mainevent7567 - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I thinks @Kgun80 is going a little too far. Sure this team isnt giving 100 percent, but i kind of understand. yes, they are getting paid regardless and should try. But these players hate their boss (Ruff). It is evident. The team has enough talent, they just aren’t performing because they are disgruntled by their bench boss. Anyone who has ever had a boss they hated understands that.

    • wonderkt - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      That is total crap. You can hate your boss all you want but you’re still getting paid to do a job. That’s the biggest cop-out ever.

  3. flyerguy73 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    They just have to face it, they are a below average team. They have been for many years, and will be for many more. I think it’s great!

    • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      They have the league’s leading scorer and one of the top goaltender’s in the league. They’re not below average, they’re just not meeting expectations. At this point, I’d be more concerned it they *weren’t* pissed about the way they were playing.

  4. sjtorpitt - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    @Kgun, you forgot Leino!

  5. kgun80 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    @flyerguy
    We will feel the same way about your team!!

  6. kgun80 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    @mainevent7567
    I definitely think Ruff is a major part… But these guys are pros there is no excuse for no effort. A bad game plan is one thing.. But a lack of motivation? These guys are professional athletes

    • mainevent7567 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:22 PM

      i understand that, but how many times have you heard of a team quitting on their coach. that has happened here.

  7. rfcdubya - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    With how poisonous the atmosphere was in that arena tonight if this team is going to get it together its going to be on a road trip just like last year when they escaped to the west coast and pulled it together. Blame the lockout, blame the coach, blame the GM, I don’t care who you blame if you think calling for heads and booing your team off the ice is going to do anything other than help the team flush its way to the basement don’t go to the games. This team needs support but the city of buffalo is too busy wallowing in self pity and calling for a rebuild. They want to rebuild but what player is going to sign in a city that boos its players, what player would waive a no trade clause for that. Get your head out of the sand and have a beer or two less next time.

    • bgrillz - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      Penguins fans booed their team in the Toronto game. They weren’t playing well. But they have turned it around. It comes from the players first. The coach can only do so much. This nonsense notion that the players need a pat on the back from the fans when they are losing is silly. Hey guys, great effort. Effort doesn’t get you into the post season, and a chance at the cup. Winning does. And right now, outside of Vanek, Hodgson, and Miller, this team is dead in the water. They just aren’t very good.

      • whatthepuck2012 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        I was at that Toronto game…I don’t recall any boos. But they were booed LOUDLY at the Islanders game a couple weeks later. Pens fans don’t boo easily…but they had HAD it at that point. I didn’t join in, but didn’t blame them either.

    • wonderkt - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      They will get more support than they can handle if they play like they actually care if they win or lose. Sabres fans aren’t dumb enough to support players who don’t give a crap about how they play.

  8. 950003cups - Feb 20, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Sure, Miller can say things like that when he gives up 2. Did he say the same when he gave up 4 to Montreal and got pulled?

    Just kidding!!!! He’s been the reason they’re not getting blown out. Something just isn’t t right in Sabers Land. To me, it’s defensive breakdowns that strain his game. Devils are having the same issues recently. Devils will figure it out (they always do) sooner than later. But can Sabers do it? Not so sure. Also not so sure a coaching change is the solution. In Buffalo, the GM has to bare responsibility. Coach… Not so much.

    • zetaone - Feb 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Sabres.

      Spelling is hard.

  9. rushledger - Feb 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    They have to move at least two bad contracts and give ruff and or the GM an ultimatum that if they don’t make the playoffs their done.

    • kicksave1980 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:32 AM

      That’s the problem, though. How do you move two bad contracts? Especially in the salary cap era…the rest of the league knows they’re bad contracts, too.

  10. kicksave1980 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    You know, a lot of people crap on Miller for speaking his mind, but I like it. I like the fact that there’s an athlete out there who isn’t just recycling the same cliche’s in every interview. He really cares, and it shows every time he talks.

    And it really is a shame to see Ruff like this. Admittedly, I don’t see a lot of Sabres games, but he’s been there forever. Sabres fans know better than I do about their team, but you never like to see a guy with as long of a tenure as his be turned on (for lack of a better term).

  11. 8man - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    If they could play the Bruins more often, they might have a shot. On the flip side, I’m glad the Bs only see them twice more.

  12. buffalomafia - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Where is rabidbillsfan now? If it wasn’t for Miller we would get killed! The Sabres need scorers! Not fighters!

    @ rabidbillsfan if you have something to say to me about being Italian or about my handle then meet me @ The Big Timers Club on Lovejoy street & lets see what you have to say then!

    Im a Sabres fan to but I know when to separate bad hockey from good hockey! The Sabres are below average. Seems like Buffalo needs to clean house.

    • buddysguys - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      why don’t you meet at the flag pole on the playground???? Challenging fights on the internet that’s super tough…chumps.

    • mehetmet - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      did you seriously just challenge someone to a fight on the internet.

      then again i’m not really surprised, you are from Lovejoy

  13. steelers4385 - Feb 20, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Lol. My god am i routing for lindy to crash and burn. I….N E V E R liked that guy

  14. kgun80 - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    @rfcdubya
    It’s the fans right to be dissatisfied. Positive thinking by the fans will not turn the team around. As for the negative atmosphere.. We sell out games all the time! The players should realize you have blue collar fans who are paying60-200$ for tickets. They can boo yell or do whatever they want.. We are sick of sub par teams. We aren’t wallowing in self pity and what player would want to play for fans who willfully accept mediocrity? Buffalo fans want and deserve a winner!

    • lrg51 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      I’ve lived in two other NHL cities and followed hockey for 50+ years. Buffalo fans are very supportive of their team winning or losing. Its ben going on too long and Buffalo fans have become less tolerant with a new owner whose got $$$$. This is the best opportunity in decades to put a decent team together and make a serious run for the cup.

      Let see what Ted Black can do. I expect Darcy Regier to be fired tomorrow.

  15. buffalomafia - Feb 20, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    I wasn’t challanging anyone to a fight! What I should of said lets meet for beer & discuss this issue?

  16. whatthepuck2012 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Vokoun starting!

  17. whatthepuck2012 - Feb 20, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Well that posted on the wrong thread for no reason…

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