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Sabres awaiting NHL review on Lucic hit; furious Lindy blows off reporters

MONTREAL -- The Sabres have asked the NHL to review the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller hit from Saturday night. As he was leaving the Bell Centre following today's team meeting, I approached GM Darcy Regier to talk about the events of last night and he shook his head negatively. I asked if he had nothing to say at all and he said politely, "Sorry, nothing."

(Update: Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert clarified the original information he provided, saying teams do no request supplementary discipline reviews any longer and that the Sabres are simply awaiting to hear from the league any verdict on Lucic)

The Sabres did not skate today, with coach Lindy Ruff opting for a team meeting in the wake of the 6-2 loss. Only a few players (notably the likes of Mike Weber, Jochen Hecht and Tyler Ennis) went on the ice). Most went into a workout room.

There were understandably a lot of stern faces and Lindy Ruff was not pleased one iota. Told by team spokesman Mike Gilbert that reporters were waiting to speak to him, Ruff curtly responded, "[Bleep] the media" and stormed out of the building. Ruff is often touchy around reporters from Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa but on this day there were just four Buffalo people waiting (myself, Paul Hamilton from WGR, and Kevin Snow and Scott Miner from Sabres.com) and no one from Montreal. It will be a wee bit different tomorrow morning.

So with no Ruff, who handles injuries, there's no update on Ryan Miller's condition. The Sabres goalie was seen walking around in the dressing room hallway and was then in a training room receiving massages for what's believed to be a neck injury. The fact that he was seen and was up and about is a good sign that he may not be dealing with any concussion issues.

Miller, of course, went off on Lucic after the game. What did he think Sunday? Don't know. He sent word through Gilbert he wasn't talking either. The group got Robyn Regehr as he went to leave and I stopped Paul Gaustad, who said after the game he was embarrassed by the whole thing.

"I hoped I could have done more there," Gaustad said today. "It was something where I thought it was an illegal hit and today it's one of those things you take a look at how guys respond and how I responded and I can only look at myself and look myself in the mirror. I wasn't good enough as a player last night to help the team win."

Said Regehr: "You want to stick up for one another and be there for one another. Do I think we could have done a better job of that? Yeah. Yeah, I do."

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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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.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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