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A Ryan Roundup

March 24, 2008

Ryan Miller was on WGR’s Howard Simon show this morning, talking about his “Saves for Cancer” effort for Carly’s Club at Roswell. Local companies pledge X amount of money per save that he makes, and the money is donated to Roswell through the Steadfast Foundation. His goal is to raise $100,000 this season. So far, they’ve already donated funds to purchase video conferencing equipment, so that kids in the isolation units can talk to and see their friends and family.

Here’s the PSA for Ryan’s program with Roswell. Its really cute.

I’m just amused by the staff’s brief fussing with Ryan’s hair.

He was also asked how the team is responding to their current situation, the wins, the losses, the inconsistency. “With dignity and grace,” was his answer. That sounds like we’re preparing for the Miss Congeniality portion of the competition, not the season ending push. Miller also pointed out that fan and media analysis and opinions really aren’t going to help them do their jobs. They just need to straighten up, buckle down and fly right. Or words to that effect.

They’ve played a lot of games recently, but have also had stretches where they’ve been off for 3-4 days. He said that momentum is a team concept, not an individual concept. If each player goes out and does their jobs, that’s how they’ll build momentum.

For him, its been tougher mentally to play a lot of games. He’s realized that there’s been a couple plays over the past few games that probably weren’t his best, chalked it up to mentally tiredness. I think most fans could point those out very easily for him. But at least its good that he’s recognizing that these long stretches are taxing on him. Maybe next year, the team will get a better back up goalie, so Lindy won’t have to ride Miller like Secretariat for most of the season.

Howard asked him about whether he’s been following the games this weekend that affect the Sabres. Miller reported that he watches enough hockey to know what’s going on, but not every second of every game. He uses the internet for highlight checking. Last night’s Easter dinner was a nice break away from it all.

Shifting gears, there’s no NCAA bracket in the Sabres locker room this year. It fell through the cracks. He missed Michigan State’s games, but they’re in the Sweet 16, so obviously they’re doing something right. Howard joked about Miller picking MSU to win it all. Miller replied that you have to have faith in your alma mater. Crunchy, that’s easy to say when the team is winning. Try being a Canisius alum and then get back to me about having faith. K? Thanks!

Moving away from Ryan the Goalie and onto Ryan the Forward. This weekend, Mike Ryan was the guest on Buffalo Power Play. Compared to some previous shows, it really wasn’t notable for anything, other than me adding Mike Ryan to my list of people I’d listen to read the phone book. His Boston accent is killer. While I think my Buffalo accent is thick, his Boston one is off the charts.

Whitey and Ryan also discussed the rumors of a potential Winter Classic Redux at Fenway Park between the Bruins and another team. Ryan admitted he would love to see that, but it would never happen, because the Bruins are fourth on the Boston sports depth chart and it wouldn’t match the intensity of what happened in Buffalo.

Whitey again brought up Soupy getting traded, and asked Ryan if he’d ever been traded before, and what its like. Ryan actually arrived in Buffalo via a trade. He came to Buffalo as part of the deal that sent Stu Barnes to Dallas. Ryan told Whitey that he was working on a take-home final when his agent called and said there’s rumors of him being traded to the Sabres. Ryan’s freaking out because all he wants to do is work on this final, finds out he’s been traded and has to report to Buffalo the next day for a physical. After the physical, he can’t sign with Buffalo because of the bankruptcy, he can’t play in Rochester because he’s not under contract, so he was stuck in limbo for awhile. And he turned his final in late, in case you were wondering.

Since Miller got a YouTube video, the least I can do is post a photo of Ryan.

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And in completely non-Ryan news, I had a close encounter of a Goose kind earlier today. I had to stop at Blegmans for a few things. I’m walking towards the aisle I need, when I notice Goose in line at the checkout, unloading a cartful of groceries. In the heels that I wear to work, I’m five six-ish. He clearly towered over me, and is a lot smaller than he appears in his bulky hockey gear. Its not quite Crunchy levels of jarring, but still pretty jarring.

And that’s my story.

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2 comments

  1. Just when I think I cannot POSSIBLY love him any more, you have to go and post this. MY HEART!!! Seriously he has pretty much the greatest accent of all time, is all. and the trade story!! There is so much right with this post just reading this I feel like the Grinch when he realizes that Christmas doesn’t come in boxes and bags and his heart gets so big it breaks the measuring thing.

    Why are there none of these Poweplay episodes online??!!!!?? I feel so denied:(!!!


  2. The Sabres really do not have any sense. They should have signed Mike Ryan to a long term deal, developed his talent by giving him ice time, he is an amazing player who plays from the heart but the Sabres screw up again!



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