By Miguel Rodriguez
Ryan Miller left without talking to reporters following Thursday’s 3-0 loss to Vancouver.
When asked Friday if he was OK (physically and mentally) after the game, he said he was fine.
Here is what he had to say about not being available to the media after the contest.
“Everybody’s heard me talk quite enough. … I don’t think I have to be the person talking after every single game. I just took a moment, take a step back and talk about the game today. We don’t always need an immediate reaction from me is my stand. You guys know where to find me eventually.”
The reason the media tend to flock around the longtime Sabres goaltender, who made eight of his 31 saves during the opening two minutes of the contest (he explained what the Canucks did to cause early disfunction in the Sabres’ defensive zone), is because he usually provides insightful answers.
In other matters, captain Steve Ott and coach Ron Rolston basically uttered the same cure for the Sabres’ slow starts. It all comes down to being ready to work, or in this case outwork your opponent.
Other highlights from Rolston’s post practice press conference:
-- Zemgus Girgensons, who practiced fully while wearing a full face shield, should return to the lineup Saturday against the visiting Colorado Avalanche at First Niagara Center.
-- Cody McCormick sat out practice after taking a shot off the foot during Thursday’s loss to Vancouver. His status is day-to-day.
-- While Rolston wouldn’t say when specifically, he did say the Sabres want to get Nikita Zadorov into a game once fully healthy and not just ship him back to juniors right away. Now when will that be?
"Anytime is possible," he said.
(Zadorov looked pretty close to healthy to me on the ice so it wouldn’t be surprising if the rookie defenseman drafted in the first round last June becomes the latest teenager to suit up for a regular season Sabres game soon.)
-- Rolston also said Joel Armia, Ville Leino and Corey Tropp are still a ways away from returning.
Here are Rolston and Miller interviews from this afternoon. Keep in mind, the Sabres’ rookies did some dance moves on the ice after practice as a way of keeping the mood light at a time when frustration seems to be the main theme in Sabreland.