"What's the news of the day on Twitter?" goaltender Ryan Miller wisecracked as reporters gathered in front of his locker today in the wake of the swirling rumors of the Sabres' potential sale to Pennsylvania businessman Terrence Pegula.
The players took the ice like they do all the time with the only difference being they had a 30-minute scrimmage today -- and had to talk about the ownership situation afterwards.
"I don't have an every-day relationship with Tom Golisano but he's been tremendous to me as a player," Miller said. "He did a great job at coming at the right time and helping the Buffalo franchise so I have a lot of respect for what he's done for hockey. But as far as the ownership, we don't see him every day so we have to do our business. If there's rumors surrounding it, if there is an actual sale or anything, you continue to do your business and your job."
"We're under contract with the organization. If the organization changes hands, it's something to consider just from an environment standpoint. What's the landscape look like and who's going to be around. But we're far from that. We're in a stage where hey, did you hear he might sell the team?" Well, they've been talking about that since he bought the team."
Click below for the full audio of Miller's conversation with the media today:
Patrick Kaleta, the Angola native who is the lone local player on the team, had basically the same reaction.
"From what I know being from here and starting off here, when we were in trouble with the NHL owning us, he stepped for us and bought us," Kaleta said. "Really from that point, we've turned it around and played really well. Every time I've encountered him, he's been extremely nice. I've been extremely grateful for what he's done for the organization. I don't really pay attention to what goes on, what happened this morning, what the rumors are. I'm not going to do anything different but come to the rink and work and try and become a better hockey player."
Coach Lindy Ruff wanted no part of all the talk.
"I've heard speculation before and it's no use for me even commenting on the speculation because I know nothing," he said. "It's not difficult. It really isn't. We've got to focus on playing, playing better, and playing better offensively. We're in great shape as a team with the owner we have. Our focus is Friday night for us."
That's the team's next game, here against Columbus. Ruff said Kaleta, who missed most of Saturday's game in Montreal and Drew Stafford, who has missed the last 11 games, should both be ready to play.