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Stafford to be Buffalo’s latest healthy scratch tonight vs. Montreal

Mar 23, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT

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Buffalo’s Drew Stafford may be a former 30-goal scorer, but that’s not enough to keep him in the Buffalo Sabres lineup tonight against Montreal.

Stafford will watch tonight’s game against the Canadiens from the press box as The Buffalo News’ John Vogl shares, and he’s disappointed in himself for earning coach Ron Rolston’s ire.

“It’s definitely disappointing, but it’s his decision and something I have to respect,” Stafford said in Bell Centre. “I have to work my way back into the lineup. It’s no secret I haven’t been getting on the score sheet.”

He can say that again. Stafford has just four goals this season in 31 games with two of those coming against Ottawa a week ago today. He’s gone without a goal in three straight since then. He hasn’t been alone in getting healthy scratched lately as Jochen Hecht, Nathan Gerbe, and Patrick Kaleta have all been benched in the past month.

With the Sabres earning points in four of their last five games, winning three of those, the benchings will continue until the message gets through.

  1. pftbillsfan - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Thank God. He truly is a terrible hockey player. One very good season, other than that a 3rd line player who benefited from a lack of attention. When forced onto the 2nd line he has absolutely flamed out. It’s about time!!!

  2. kgun80 - Mar 23, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    He’s not terrible.. He is lazy and doesn’t care about hockey. He has a lack of focus and has even stated in the past that ” hockey is not my first priority”. I don’t blame him I blame Darcy for paying him.

    • TJ - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Of course, he said that in reference to difficulties in his personal life, in which he’s absolutely right. Hockey shouldn’t be his first priority in situations like that.

      Sometimes, we have to take a step back and remember that hockey players are also human beings.

  3. billsin20xx - Mar 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Unless he’s already traded and this is to keep him safe, this is your typical stupid Regier move. One of your most tradeable assets, and instead of hoping he does good and showcases himself (with a week to go for trades) you sit him.

    • steiner444 - Mar 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Who the hell is gonna trade for Stafford? One of their most tradable assets? That’s laughable. The guy has four goals this year and sees a lot of icetime. His trade value is slim to none.

  4. nflfan4now - Mar 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    He has to be worth a 5th round pick like Regier “won” last week.

  5. riles1008 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I agree Steiner, calling him an asset? Lol. I do believe he is a good goal scorer but he’s the kind of guy who can’t set goals up for himself, he’s not a playmaker and he needs a good playmaker to do that. Buffalo lacks any real good playmakers. We have a few good goal scoters. But our offenses defensive awareness and two way play is god awful. We need more at playmakers and two way players.

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