By Allan Muir
It sounds as though the fences have been mended in the Buffalo Sabres’ room.
Ryan Miller, speaking today to Sabres TV, said he’d cleared the air with teammate Patrick Kaleta after telling him through the media to “grow up.”
“I’ve actually apologized to Patty,” Miller said. “I felt like what I was told he said and what he actually said were two different things. I’m not gonna get too far into it, but the meaning was different enough for me to react the way I did. And what he actually said sounded more like a player who just wants to come back and play as soon as possible, and he’s frustrated…which is completely what you’d expect. So we’re going to try to move on from that.
“Either way, I probably shouldn’t have handled it like that, but again, I was frustrated and I think everyone in Buffalo knows I’m prone to say stupid things…over the course of the season. I handled it with Patty, I wanted to handle it publicly. It wasn’t the right thing to say, no matter what.”
Miller’s initial comments came after Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Capitals. “You can get me to say anything after a loss like that,” he said.
While it sounds like everyone on the team is back to being Facebook buddies, it’ll be interesting to see how this impacts the team’s relationship with the local media. Miller called the quotes he was presented by Buffalo News writer Mike Harrington “misleading.”
“I felt it was misrepresented what he said to get me to say what I did…That’s why you usually don’t say anything to the media. I made a critical mistake there. I should know better.”
I don’t know Harrington, but I give him the full benefit of the doubt here. You lose the trust of a room quickly if you get a reputation for misquoting players, so it’s a good bet that his paraphrasing of Kaleta’s comments was unfortunate rather than an effort to bait a reaction out of the losing goaltender.
Miller’s an emotional guy, and that’s what makes him a good quote when he opens up. Safe to say we’ve seen the last of that for a while. So as the Sabres slowly circle the drain, we can look forward to illuminating insights like “We’re taking it one game at a time,” “We just have to play our game,” and “Somebody please get me outta here before the trade deadline.”
Alright, maybe not that last one. At least, not yet…