The eloquent Ralph Krueger called Buffalo from Madison Square Garden -- Jack Eichel’s future stomping grounds? -- and tried his darndest to control the damage.
Listening to the head coach’s weekly 15-minute appearance on WGR 550 radio Tuesday morning was akin to watching a man keep a brave face while trying to extinguish a tire fire with a handful of damp napkins.
Addressing a loyal and abused Sabres fanbase that has been let down more often than Rapunzel’s hair, the head coach said the entire organization was focused on solutions to its 6-10-3 problem, starting with this morning’s tactical meeting ahead of a game versus the New York Rangers.
The message right through from ownership to the bench is open and excellent, Krueger maintained.
“Every time I’m communicating with the Pegulas, I come off with energy, I come off with encouragement and support,” Krueger said.
Excuse our raised eyebrow.
Krueger denied any disconnect between he and $9-million triple-healthy-scratch Jeff Skinner, even though the latter came out and said he wasn’t learning much from the press box. These sorts of disruptions between player and coach, Krueger explained, are sometimes necessary, even if they cannot be fully understood from the outside. Oh, and Skinner has not been stuffed on the fourth line because the Sabres don’t number their lines.