The media waited nearly an hour after practice Monday before hearing from Lindy Ruff, Ryan Miller and other players as the team went into a video session. Hasn't happened all season that way. Hmmm.
Anyway, there's not much new on Miller. Ruff said his No. 1 goalie will be out "indefinitely" and refused to get into timetables. Miller said "It's a little better. Some of the swelling is down and it didn't have a lot to begin with so that's good. It's a little achy and it's one of those things you have to see how it reacts."
Miller didn't want to get drawn into any controversy about the Sabres not protecting their goaltender. A few minutes earlier, he watched Ruff abruptly end his news conference when I brought that topic up.
"Gomez's intent was to make sure Ryan didn't scramble back to the net right away," Ruff said. "There was no intent to injure Ryan on the play. The injury was a result of the play. Did we get around their goaltender a couple times and bump him? I think we did too. But we can't make a mountain out of a molehill. I'm mad that we lost our starting goaltender. I'm a lot more mad at the situations in the Ottawa game we played here [Jan. 6] than anything that happened in this game. And I'll leave it at that. You can write whatever you want."
Captain Craig Rivet didn't see much to the issue either as he said, "I think the most concerned person is Jerry Sullivan. He seems to be the most concerned about this but the guys are aware of it. We think we've done a pretty solid job at that for the most part."
Lots of touchy people when that subject came up. I think Sully's column in Sunday's paper struck a pretty good nerve in the Sabres' locker room.