By Mike Harrington
There's the old story in baseball, famously done by Billy Martin when he was a manager in Detroit and again in New York, about throwing all the names in a cap and picking them out to make a lineup card. Hockey coaches aren't that goofy when shuffling their forward lines, even though it might seem that way at times.
Sabres coach Ron Rolston made some moves during practice today in First Niagara Center, as I documented during my earlier post. After benching the trio of Tyler Ennis-Cody Hodgson-Matt Moulson for the final 26+ minutes Friday in Anaheim, the work began anew today with Steve Ott on the top line and Ennis moved down to line two.
Moulson also said today he visited Rolston in a sort of clear-the-air session with his new coach. Moulson, remember, told John Vogl after the ugly 6-2 loss it's "the most embarrassed" he's been in his NHL career.
"He wants to make sure we're working," Moulson said. "When you're relied upon to produce in this league on a top line of any team, obviously you have to be the best line out there each game. Obviously, the staff didn't feel we were the last game. I didn't think we were and we'll move on from there."
Hodgson said he had not spoken to Rolston about the situation but had a simliar approach to Moulson's.