By Mike Harrington
The Sabres spent their Saturday in chilly Riverside Rink before heading to the airport for Sunday's game in Washington and there was plenty of post-practice news.
----Ryan Miller has yet to speak to new general manager Tim Murray about the team's plans for the veteran goaltender going forward.
----Coach Ted Nolan said there is no change in his interim status, something Murray hinted at during an interview Friday on Toronto radio.
---Cody Hodgson, who has missed eight games with a hand/wrist problem, and Ville Leino, out for the last four with an unspecified problem, will play Sunday.
---Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent back to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior League and Johan Larsson has been sent back to Rochester.
Miller, of course, has created the most buzz among fans because he did not speak to the media Thursday on the day of Murray's hiring. Miller spoke today to update reporters on his thoughts and talk some hockey too.
"It seems like he's put in a lot of time evaluting talent and that's a good place to start," Miller said of Murray. "He's been around some good organizations so let's see what direction he wants to take it and go from there."
What did Miller think about Pat LaFontaine's clear comments that the Sabres want to keep him for the long term?
"It's nice of him but I still need to kind of see what's going on in the bigger picture," Miller said. "It's something where last time I didn't really talk to Pat about things. He was just getting his bearings and getting a look around so I guess it's time to talk to him again and see what's going on with his side of things. I'm going to wait to have any conversations with those guys before I start getting too far along."
Nolan said he's had one quick conversation with Murray but it wasn't about his status. The Toronto interview was news to him but he said he liked it might mean a chance in his role as an interim coach.
"I hope it does," Nolan said. "But it's not one of my things I'm thinking about. It's trying to get this team better right now, coaching this team to the best of my ability. Whatever happens down the road will happen. I feel confident in my ability so we'll see."
As for Grigorenko, Nolan said LaFontaine and Murray both want to emphasize player development and felt this was Grigorenko's best avenue.
Said Nolan of the 19-year-old: "He was a little bit upset I imagine but this is non-negotiable. It's one of those things that has to be done."
Click below to hear the full audio on today's sessions from Nolan and Miller.