With the smell of sticks being heated and the sound of skates cutting through ice, it's obvious hockey has returned to HSBC Arena. The Sabres are conducting their on-ice testing and off-ice physicals in preparation for Saturday's start of training camp.
Coach Lindy Ruff, face of the franchise Ryan Miller and captain Craig Rivet have met with the media this morning, and all are eager to show the Sabres can compete for the Stanley Cup after last season's Northeast Division championship.
The audio of all three is below. Rivet is encouraged by his progress following offseason shoulder surgery and joked about not being the oldest-looking guy in the dressing room now that Rob Niedermayer is in town. Rivet also acknowledged his hockey mortality by saying he's aware this could be his final season.
Ruff said Rivet is the only player on the roster who will be limited at the start of camp. The coach is eager to see how his young guys compete for roster spots, and he's looking forward to testing line combinations.
Miller is ready for the team to sneak up on the pundits again and discussed how he was able to stay out of sight all summer by escaping to California. The goaltender also talked about how the lessons learned during last season's condensed NHL/Olympic schedule can help this year, when more than half the Sabres' games are played on back-to-back nights.