Friday, May 4, 2007
Reporting in from the Sabres morning skate
The big attention this morning was on Paul Gaustad, who was the first guy on the ice for what turned out to be an optional skate for the Sabres. Thirteen players, including all the reservists and both goaltenders, participated. Interestingly, a second "morning skate" was on tap for 1PM, as Amerks coach Randy Cunneyworth was bringing his 11 Amerks callups onto the HSBC Arena ice surface to do their paces.
Gaustad was not officially informed that he would be in the lineup tonight, but all indications said that it would be him in the lineup and Drew Stafford out. "This is one of the most exciting games I've ever played in" said Gaustad. "I am looking forward to it."
Does the fact that this is the first time in over a year that the ENTIRE Sabres lineup is intact give the team a psychological boost? Gaustad replied,"I hope it's a boost. I think it's pretty huge for us."
Lindy Ruff was told that Gaustad is excited to be coming back, and he replied. "He'd better be. It's a great time to be excited."
Ruff admitted he was disappointed in the effort in Game 4 and is looking for his team to play their game and generate more scoring chances.
One side story..great watching the media throng looking for somebody...anybody...in the Sabres locker room for a sound bite. I counted 39 reporters and camerapeople all milling about, and scant few players to talk to. Kind of hlarious actually!
Pete has the AV pressbox seat tonight... I will be in our seats in sec 114, and Pete's brother John and John's bud will be driving up from Rochester and joining us as well. Let's keep our fingers crossed... Better Days!