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Buffalo Sabres Players Frustrated, Looking for Answers

January 17th, 2012 at 1:00 PM
By Mike Matisz

Before the Buffalo Sabres left Detroit for Chicago, team owner Terry Pegula walked through the team's locker room, in an attempt to grasp what he needs to do to right the ship. While Pegula was not available to the media, some players were asked of the state of the team and the team's ability to turn it around in time to make the playoffs. 

"We've got to figure it out ourselves with the coaches and everything," Jason Pominville said. "It's up to us to figure it out and, I mean, it's not up to him (Pegula) to come in here. We know we've got to be better and even if he would say something, it still falls on us. We're the guys out there playing. We're the guys that have to be better."

In addition to speaking about the team being responsible for their own destiny, Pominville also spoke about Pegula, who brought the expectations of the team from making the playoffs, to winning the Stanley Cup.

"It's tough because he's done his part," Pominville stated. "He's done more than his part. He's given everything to us to have success. He's remodeled the whole arena basically, went out and has been really good with our families and really good with the players, and … I mean it's (up) to us to give back and right now we're not doing a good enough job. It's been frustrating. I'll take the blame for it. I'm frustrated. A lot of guys are."

In addition to Pominville's comments, another Sabres player was quite vocal with the media. Goaltender Ryan Miller sat with the media and was visibly frustrated with the team's current state.

"Well, we've been good before and for some reason, it's just a search right now," Miller said. "We've got to stop being nice. That's what it comes down to."

Whether he's speaking from experience after being hit by Boston Bruins' forward Milan Lucic or not remains unclear. After being dealt a concussion, Miller's teammates played flat and never responded physically.

When Miller was asked if trades were imminent, his frustrations continued.

"It's not my decision," Miller said. "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen in the locker room. Do you guys (the media) really think there's any kind of trade made anywhere that's going to affect this team any more than we can affect it in this locker room? (Reporters) are just … I don't know what to think, because there's no such trade. There's never going to be a trade in the history of the NHL that's going to affect anything like that."

Miller also continued to speak from the role of a general manager.

"If you want to just destroy a team and just go out and be reckless and do something, yeah, then there's going to be new guys in here," Miller said. "But other than that, the locker room's going to be pretty much the same, if not completely the same – and we've got to find it from in here. We' can't sit and wait for somebody else to do it."

While it appears that frustrations may soon boil over, one thing remains constant. The Sabres aren't playing well and have fallen out of of playoff contention.

Many fans are calling for major changes within the team's coaching staff and for trades to be made to shake up the roster. It'll be up to Pegula and his staff to decide what to do to bring this team back up into the playoffs.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, Jason Pominville, NHL, Ryan Miller, Terry Pegula

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