BUFFALO – It was a normal Sabres game night. Players were preparing for their warm-up Friday. Ted Nolan had held pregame his meeting and talked about his plan for the San Jose Sharks.
Then the interim coach saw Joe Battista, the team’s vice president of hockey-related business, coming around the corner.
Battista informed Nolan that goalie Ryan Miller, the scheduled starter, shouldn’t go out for the warm-up.
“I think we got a deal for him,” Battista told Nolan.
Nolan talked to Miller. Then Battista …