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Check-in with RJ | NHL.com

Check-in with RJ | NHL.com

what have i been doing Not much, really!

Now I’m doing a job for the Sabers that, going forward, will give me more opportunities to stay in touch with both the team and the fans. I’m looking forward to this.

I don’t miss play by play. And I’m sure I won’t miss the trip! For half a century I flew all over this country, and I guess it’s no big deal, but I’m not a pilot. Unless you really love your job that way, it can get to you, and it did. he did it

I miss the environment. I miss the atmosphere and that kind of thing when I’m away.

When the organization first approached me about introducing the team on opening night, all I said was that I didn’t want to be on the ice during the ceremony. I felt this would come down to the team itself. I didn’t want this to happen. So it was a much better idea for me to do it from the stage at level 100. Most people didn’t even know where it was, so that was fine!

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I’m still watching the team and the NHL very closely. I never asked for extra marks for the away team when doing play by play because I always had my eye on the league as a whole and more importantly the teams we were about to play. So out of habit, I’m still doing it.

I watched that trip to the west coast where they won the first three games…and blew a tire in the last game. Big deal! No one sweeps the Coast! As long as I’ve been around, that doesn’t happen! So I wasn’t surprised that anything happened.

I was more surprised that they swept Alberta. Man, those are two good teams in Edmonton and Calgary. He knocked my socks off, as far as I was concerned.

This year I am really looking forward to the maturation of this team. It will just get better. I won’t exaggerate and say I’m looking forward to the Stanley Cup parade. It will happen, but it won’t happen this year. But it’s the improvement you see happening almost every night.

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It’s phenomenal. A total change from the past. The attitude has changed. I’m not saying we didn’t have wonderful players in the past, but they didn’t play very well together, and now they do. And they can laugh at each other.

I’m not saying it’s their way of spending the day, but they’re free to be able to do that and it doesn’t bother them at all.

Their closeness reminds me of 2006 when Danny Briere and Chris Drury were here as co-captains, and Ryan Miller was outstanding.

I’ve told the story several times about how after we lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to Carolina, I went down to the locker room, which I never do, I shook every guy’s hand. I walked around the room and thanked them for what I thought was an extra effort.

I reached out to Ryan. It was the last thing the media let go. We looked at each other and we both started to cry. It was hard, but it was fun. The whole race was fun.

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Rasmus Dahlin he is playing much more aggressively. Now stick your nose in it.

He won’t be a jerk or anything, and you don’t want him to be, but if someone hits him, he’ll hit him back. And that’s good because the other guy says, “Wait a minute! I didn’t used to do that!” And it will be reversed.

Dahlin has always had wonderful talent, especially his hands. There aren’t too many players who can come into the NHL and stick the handle without looking at the puck. I mean, he knows it’s there! He doesn’t have to look at his stick and he feels it. You can look, and there aren’t many guys who don’t have to look down and be sure it’s there.

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When I think of Dahlin, Phil Housley immediately comes to mind.

I remember when training camp was in Lake Placid his rookie year and we played Montreal in an exhibition game. Bob Gainey was playing in Montreal.

Bob turned out to be a wonderful CEO, a wonderful player and all, but he thought he would welcome Mr. Housley in the National Hockey League.

Phil had the puck along the boards and I saw Gainey coming across the ice. It was like a heat-seeking missile. He was heading straight for him.

At the last second, Housley was gone. Gainey hit the boards, almost made a fool of himself, and Housley had danced off to the side. And he still had the disc, mind you! I still had the record!

I was very impressed. I saw the guy for the first time and he is doing this. That’s pretty impressive. Yes, you can play, son!

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: RJ will be on Sabers Road Crew in Carolina! Will you?👉 https://t.co/nnFormPW66 pic.twitter.com/GerB2xtJRP

Come on, I’m looking forward to it the Road Crew party in Raleigh on November 3. I think Road Crew is great and I hope to see many of you there.

The last one I did was in Las Vegas. Sabers fans flew in from all over for this thing. There were all sorts of people from California – it’s not that far, I realize – but they still detoured and decided they wanted to come say “Hi” to us all.

Again, you go back to that 2006 series we played in Carolina, I swear every time Buffalo scored in their building, there were as many fans cheering as when the Hurricanes scored. They are there and they are out there and they like to make themselves heard.

I think it’s a great way to keep in touch with fans on the road.





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