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Paved paradise and talked in a parking lot?

WILMINGTON, Mass. --  That's basically what the Sabres did today after practice. Ristuccia Arena, the Bruins' training center, is about 35 minutes outside of town and it's a tight-tight-tight place. No way for the auxiliary locker room to be used by the media to conduct interviews.  So what did the Sabres' PR staff do? Improvise. The back doors went open and Lindy Ruff met the media under the sunshine in the parking lot in front of a leafless tree and some shrubs and mulch.

The Sabres even put Ruff on top of an equipment case to elevate him a few inches for the TV cameras. We told him now he gets what it's like to talk to Tyler Myers. Fans stood a few feet away behind ropes near the team bus waiting for autographs and watching the whole scene. One-by-one, a few players came out to the ramshackle interview area and chatted.

For all you folks who say we media folks are cold and heartless, we didn't make anyone else stand on the case, lest anyone sprain an ankle. Thomas Vanek looked down, rolled his eyes and shook his head when he saw the thing.

The whole thing was pretty comical were it not for the fact this is the playoffs. The Bruins have a full dressing room they regularly use at the rink that was fine for the media. The Garden wasn't available due to the Celtics game and potential alternate sites like Boston University and Harvard have already taken out their ice.

This scene was ridiculous for the playoffs of a major league. The Sabres deserved better treatment. The NHL should be embarrassed. Everyone got their work done -- although you had to step outside to use a cell phone since the tin can roof blocked most signals. It was a memorable, albeit silly, experience.

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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