The Stars have talked to former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff about their vacant head coach position, a league source tells Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
New GM Jim Nill reportedly met with Ruff in Toronto while in town for the NHL draft combine. Heika reports the two parties could begin more in-depth discussions soon, but the Stars are expected to take their time with the season. Alain Vigneault and Texas Stars coach Willie Desjardins are also being connected to Dallas' opening.
Don't be surprised if the Vancouver Canucks pursue former Sabre coach Lindy Ruff this off-season.
Sabre beat writer John Vogl thinks this is a very real possibility. Tampa is also said to be interested in Ruff. The bottom line is that Ruff will almost certainly be coaching in the NHL next season it's just a question of where.
David Leggio is slated for unrestricted free agency this summer.
He was Rochester's MVP after earning a 38-24-1 record with a 2.56 GAA and a .924 save percentage in the AHL with Buffalo's minor-league affiliate. However, he may not be back with the Sabres' organization next year. "David is obviously a very good goaltender," Buffalo GM Darcy Regier said. "He's going to be unrestricted. He is going to have some freedom, some rights, and we're going to sit down and talk about the goaltending situation because with the addition of Matt Hackett and even Connor Knapp and Nathan Lieuwen, we've got some decisions to make." If he's brought back and Ryan Miller gets traded then he could find himself in a battle for a backup role on the big club, but there are several factors that would have to fall into place for that scenario to happen.
Jhonas Enroth wants to be a starting goaltender and he may get that chance with the Buffalo Sabres if Ryan Miller is moved in the off-season.
"I've been growing a lot," said Enroth after backstopping Sweden to a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships. "I want to play more. My goal is to be a starter one year in the NHL, and right now Ryan is the starter here. It's kind of hard to take the job from him here, but we'll see what happens." During the tournament, he posted a 5-2-1 record with a 1.15 goals-against average and a .956 save percentage. Enroth will need to be much more consistent than he's been in the past if he wants to be an NHL starter, but is making positive steps forward.
John Scott has signed a one-year extension worth $750,000 to stay with the Buffalo Sabres.
He would have been able to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He received a decent raise after making $600,000 last season. Scott skated in 34 games with the Sabres in 2013 and amassed 69 penalty minutes.
Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves in Sweden's 5-1 win over Switzerland in Sunday's gold-medal game of the IIHF World Championship.
The Swedes become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986 and Enroth captured the Best Goalkeeper in the tournament honor for his efforts. His play under pressure should be a positive sign for the Sabres, who may trade starter Ryan Miller in the off-season.
There is a very good chance that Ryan Miller will be traded this off-season.
Given the fairwell-like send off he recieved from the Sabre faithfull and his reaction to it, it seems the team and Miller would welcome the change. With only one year left on his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, Miller should be a target for a number of contending teams willing to offer up some picks or young players to acquire the veteran netminder. Stay tuned.