ATLANTA -- The biggest story line of the Sabres' 4-3 overtime loss to Atlanta on Friday was the benching of healthy captain Craig Rivet. Here are some thoughts:
Coach Lindy Ruff: "I put a lot of thought into it. I said the guys that are playing the best are going to have to play. Right now we’re 3-6-2. We got a point. If the six [defensemen] that are going are playing well, they’re going to stay in.
"He just hasn’t played well enough, hasn’t played well enough. That’s just the bottom line. He missed training camp, and it just seems like he’s a step behind right now.
"No player understands. He won’t understand."
Center Derek Roy: "Obviously, it sends a message that things are not good enough around here for anybody. We can’t be happy with the way we’re playing. We can’t be happy with losing. I’ve played on teams where losing seems to be a thing and you just kind of get used to it and adapt to it. Not on this team. Nobody wants to lose. Everyone wants to win and play hard, and we’re going to keep battling."
Center Paul Gaustad: "It’s not something that we were talking about in here. Right now it’s pretty obvious that [Ruff] said guys who are working hard are going to play, and guys who aren’t won’t play. That’s for everybody."
Goalie Ryan Miller declined to comment on the situation.