By Mike Harrington
Chad Ruhwedel and Nathan Lieuwen are both home nursing their concussions suffered Sunday in Philadelphia and Ted Nolan is understandably upset. Flyers pest Zac Rinaldo got a four-game suspension for his head shot on Ruhwedel and the Sabres -- who have seen much harsher bans go to Patrick Kaleta and John Scott this season -- aren't happy.
"Those type of hits have got to be out of our game," Nolan said. "You're not talking injuries where you knock a guy out for a week or two weeks. It can knock his career right off the tracks. We all see what concussions do to some of our athletes after the fact. It's a very serious thing and I think we've got to take it a lot more serious than four games."
Doesn't appear to be the thought coming out of Philly, where GM Paul Holmgren called the suspension "harsh." Nolan scoffed at that comment.
"Unfortunately something serious has to happen before rules come into place," Nolan said. "You just knock on wood that it doesn't come to that. You're talking someone's head, where the brain be permanently damaged. You're not talking an elbow or finger or those type of things. I believe we have to take it a lot more serious."
The Sabres have been unhappy with NHL decisions all season, of course. And Nolan said he and GM Tim Murray have already discussed the organization's stance going forward.
"Tim mentioned something to me about three games ago and he said, 'Tell me everything because we're going to complain about everything,' " Nolan said. "He's probably made a number of calls already so I'm quite sure he's been vocal on this one."