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Bronx cheer Sabres’ fans directed at Miller was ‘disrespectful’

Apr 20, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres were eliminated from playoff contention in a lopsided 8-4 loss to the New York Rangers Friday, and starting goalie Ryan Miller once again the focal point of frustration.

He was pulled from the game after allowing four goals on 14 shots by the 1:13-mark of the second period.

The Rangers eventually went on to score five times in under three minutes combined between the the late stages of the first period and early in the second, causing considerable angst among the local fans.

The mood in the arena, complete with jeering directed toward Miller, was captured by John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

Miller, who’s been in the organization since 2002, had a moment reminiscent of Patrick Roy’s final game in Montreal just 28 seconds into the period. He stopped another dump-in and fired it toward the boards with authority. As the crowd again gave a Bronx cheer, Miller waved to the patrons as played continued – much like Roy did during a humiliating game in 1995 that featured him asking for a trade immediately after getting pulled.

Miller’s teammates had their chance to respond after the game.

“It’s very disrespectful after what he’s done for Buffalo, what he’s done for this team, this organization and this city,” Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy told the Buffalo News. “It [ticks] you off when you hear that. He’s been great all year. We’ve had wins when we’ve had no business winning games. The reason was Ryan Miller.

“To hear that is just absolute disrespect for what he’s done for this organization.”

This isn’t the first time the increasingly less patient faithful in Buffalo have showed their displeasure with their struggling hockey club.

Earlier this month, Steve Ott ripped Sabres fans for booing the team.



  1. Stiller43 - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Ehh i think its overreaction. I love fleury, but i would jeer him if he had a similar night. Doesnt mean i dont still like him or want him gone…just that he had a sucky night and it kind of ruined my night as a fan to be able to enjoy the game since he destroyed my teams chance of winning.

    • stakex - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      A couple thing: Three of the goals Miller allowed were deflected off his own guys in front. He might have gaffed the one, but still… most of it wasn’t his fault at all.

      Also, Fleury is a very mediocre goalie at best who gets to hide behind a high powered offense. Hes never been the main reason for the Pens success (in fact, hes cost them at least one cup… maybe more). Miller, while not the best goalie in the world, has really done great things in Buffalo. The Sabers haven’t really had a good team much at all during his time there, and hes done well just to give them a chance to make the playoffs a few years.

      So jeering Fleury, who just happens to be the mediocre goalie the Pens have settled on over the last few years is a little different then booing the guy whos been your best player for nearly a decade.

      • sunderlanding - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        They pay his salary. They can boo. That’s how it works. If he doesn’t like that he could work elsewhere. Shut up and grow up.

      • ahhhyeah - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Actually Fléury has been one of the Penguins best players. He won team MVP when Crosby and Malkin were injured. He also has a better GAA and save percentage than Miller this year, granted he is on a better team. Still he is much better than any “mediocre” goalie.

  2. jimw81 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    he might be next flyers goaltender

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

      If he can’t handle the Jeers in Buffalo maybe Philly isn’t the place for him.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      I know this seems to be the general consensus amongst Sabres fans but I don’t think it’s even a remote possibility. The Flyers are already paying an aging, overpriced goalie so why would they get rid of him only to give up serious assets to get another aging, overpriced goalie. I’m not saying Miller isn’t better but the Flyers are already up against the cap and Miller is more expensive than Bryz.

  3. sjsharks66 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Hey buffalo, grow a pair.
    Play better and they wont boo. Simple as that.

  4. Stiller43 - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:03 AM


    I only put fleury in there because he’s my favorite teams goalie. I would argue that he’s above “mediocre.” Not saying he’s the best in the league, but a lot of teams could do worse than him. Also, he’s made a ton of clutch saves on their way to the recent cup (stone walling ovi 2 minutes in to game 7 on a breakaway comes to mind).

    Point is no matter WHO the goalie is, i dont think its disrespectful…just the fans venting a little frustration.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      Fleury is the very definition of a hot/cold goalie. When he’s on he looks like the best in the league, when he’s not he looks like he’s back scoring against himself in the World Juniors.

  5. zetaone - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    The hell does Pardy know? He’s played what, 7 games this year, the rest in Rochester? He hasn’t watched Miller all year, who hasn’t “been great all year”. I’ve watched every game Miller has ever played in since he was brought up from the minors and eventually replaced Marty Biron. This season he is right up there with Bryzgalov and Quick (better the past 10 games or so) in terms of greatly under-performing. Part of it is the team around him, the other part of it is on him. I was hoping Enroth would finish out the season to test his ability to be the #1 guy, especially after playing Enroth in back to back games just recently.. Once again proving the buffalo front office has NO clue how to run a hockey team.

    • zetaone - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:32 AM

      Also how poorly they’ve handled the Grigorenko situation.. Keep him longer than 5 games burning a year off his salary, plunk him down on the 3rd and 4th lines, then send him back to juniors? Then bring him back up to play the last 3 games of the season? Ok.. If they resign Hecht this offseason (meaning talented prospects won’t get to play in his stead) I won’t be watching the team next year. I’m still waiting to see them name Vanek captain (that would be the last straw for me).

  6. mustbechris - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Come on Buffalo, show some respect for the slop on ice you’ve paid hard-earned money to watch. You have no right to be offended that you’re receiving a negative return on your investment considering the team stopped trying months ago. That would be disrespectful.

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:04 AM

    Fortunately, Darcy Regier won’t ever have a “Patrick Roy moment”. He’ll be running this team into the ground with impunity a year from now. I’d bet my lungs if you really want them. As for Miller, I don’t care. There’s such a fine line for goaltenders nowadays, it pretty much doesn’t matter who’s in goal- so long as there’s an average defense in front of him. Having one center that understands supporting on d would be outstanding step in the right direction.

  8. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:28 AM

    Miller is gone. He doesn’t need to tell Regier when he’s played his last game in Buffalo. It’s been obvious for a while that this offseason is going to bring a total tear-down.

  9. buffalomafia - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    I can see Miller in a Flyers or Blackhawks jersey but know the Sabres GM he will trade him out west to be closer to his wife for 2 4th round players and a bag of pucks!

    Can you blame Miller for being mad? Old man breath is stronger than his defence!

  10. dutchman1350 - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Will be interesting to see how Terry Pegula responds to this. Does he back his team, or his fan base? Tough situation.

    I’m sure much of the fan frustration was at the entire team, not just Miller. Just like QBs, goalies get too much credit when times are good, and too much blame when times are bad.

  11. watermelon1 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    WTF is a “Bronx cheer?”

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      It’s an arrogant reflection of the arrogant a$$holes that live in New Yawk City.

      • nicknyhc - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        I was born in the Bronx, but I won’t take offense. Its hard to take anything serious that comes from a guy using a Nascar driver’s name for a screen name.

  12. billsin20xx - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    I’ll bet they will figure out a way to trade him out west to be with his actress wife since he does have a limited no trade contract.

    Do you think Pegula might realize it’s time for Regier to go yet?

    Well mat least now this playoff fantasy is done, we can start working on losing more to improve our chances in the draft lottery.

  13. mclovinhockey - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    He is going to be hard to move. He is playing horribly, his contract is over 6 mill, he really seems like he wants out of the city which also reduces his price.

    I just don’t see Miller being as highly valued as he was a few years ago, specially with the amount of younger, cheaper goalies on the market.

  14. buff80 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    What a disgrace this organization is. The fans are right on this one. Regier must go!

  15. jaybird22seven - Apr 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Why on earth would Miller want to go from a bad team to another bad team ?
    Not going to happen.

  16. bricktop02 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Why on earth would the flyers want a goalie from a bad team to come here?We have a head case in Bryz and he’s enough. Anyway Mason is going to be the starter next season. Miller would be a nice backup goalie to have.

  17. capsfan19 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Buffalo fans are trash. They go to other rinks and act like theyve won 20 stanley cups.
    Have experienced it firsthand

    • duster1982 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:18 PM

      Buffalo fans wouldnt fill up your entire arena if Caps actually had fans. booo hoooo. Man up

  18. flyerguy73 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Miller = average goalie. When are all of you going to realize he is NOT a superstar?

  19. flyerguy73 - Apr 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I also agree with capsfan!

    • duster1982 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      A person from Philly calling other fans trash? Now Ive seen it all…

  20. jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Give Buffalo a break. They suffer through one of the longest, crappiest winter of any place in the whole world, eat way too many spicy chicken wings, and have to travel to another country to fully experience life. Just kidding except for the chicken wings!

  21. scoocha - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    He’s done a great job in Buffalo but no championships means you’ll still be remembered for…no championships. So, move on Miller and maybe you can achieve what Roy did when he left Montreal.

    Oh, Buffalo has great food everywhere in addition to their wings. Mighty Taco is great and definitely check out Jim’s Steakout and Elmwood Subs.

  22. blackhawks2010 - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Proof of the idiot fan base that is Buffalo.

    • duster1982 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      as Chicago fans boooo’d Crawford the night after this. At least we have a reason to boo this year, idiot

  23. cameltoews - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    The Olympics pretty much showed how good of a goalie Miller can be when he is on a team that he wants to play for. I think any team that makes a trade for him will be pleasantly surprised. Miller is going to want to show what Buffalo is missing out on

  24. cameltoews - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    As for the New York comment, I think that makes you look pretty f*#cking arrogant thinking you have a right to classify a whole city.

  25. richc111 - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Quickly as a ticket holder Miller is a “good” goaltender. Not great. His is way over valued. I like him as a player but the reality is we have won 1 playoff seriers with him in net and missed the ployoff completley in 4 of the last 6 years. So how good is he? This year he is 41 in Goals against and 23 in save percentage. There are only 30 teams in the league, so what does that tell you. Again he is a good goaltender, not great. Finally what I heard a NFL coach say one time after having their star player traded. Well we lost with him I guess we can lose without him too!

  26. bobhpine - Apr 21, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Maybe Ryan Miller is too sensitive for hockey. For a guy who has won squadoosh he acts awfully entitled to…something.

    Disrespectful? The good people of Buffalo have been disrespected by God since the inception of the city. They have the right to boo the goalie of their non playoff qualifying team.

  27. redridershoottheireyeout - Apr 21, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Blaming any goalie, or any individual player for that matter, for the woes of this team is just plain stupid! I don’t like his comments but there are 19 other guys that are supposed to have some impact on the outcome of the game as well. But it will always be the fans option to voice an opinion, IMHO the folks at the game were more disgusted with the season as a whole and simply took it out on the guy at that moment. Is it fair? Who said pro sports has any kind of fairness associated with it.
    Also IMHO the fans here are not the same great supportive sort they were in the 70s or even in the 00s, they are the spoiled children of the MTV and video game generation.

  28. Helper Sports - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    The Sabres fall short:

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kessel (1704)
  2. P. Kane (1333)
  3. M. Richards (1210)
  4. P. Datsyuk (1198)
  5. N. Backstrom (1057)