BUFFALO – About halfway through this morning’s practice, Sabres tough guy John Scott broke his stick on the boards, left the First Niagara Center ice and stomped down the hallway to the dressing room.
Interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan ordered Scott off the ice.
“He just fumbled the puck a few times in practice and I didn’t like it,” Nolan said. “In order for us to get better here we have to practice better. He just had one of those moments, and I didn’t like it and so we sent him off.”
Scott, a winger who’s been practicing as a defenseman, likely wasn’t going to play Tuesday against Carolina. He might’ve played his last game with the Sabres, though.
In other news, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller didn’t practice today but Nolan believes he’s back in Buffalo after representing Team USA at the Sochi Games.
Will Miller still play Tuesday?
“We’re banking on it,” Nolan said.
He added: “It’ll be a different challenge, but hopefully he has some sleep and he’s somewhat awake at that point.”
Nolan said backup goalie Jhonas Enroth and defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who won silver medals with Sweden, were on Miller’s flight.
Nolan acknowledged it has crossed the team’s mind to recall a goalie from Rochester.
“It still could be crossed,” he said.
Nolan said the team doesn’t plan to recall any skaters right now.
Meanwhile, Nolan, fresh off an impressive Olympic effort coaching Latvia, said today he hasn’t been offered an extension.
“Would I like to stay? Certainly,” he said. “Would I like to continue? No question. But the No. 1 thing is Pat (LaFontaine) asked me to come in and do this. I’m going to do it to the best of my abilities. Hopefully, it’s good enough to stick around.”
General manager Tim Murray might address the media Tuesday.