We’ve heard a lot this season about how Lindy Ruff has been backing off from his normal routine of screaming and yelling. He claims that he is letting the Sabres lead themselves. After a bad game, he lets them work it out on their own. After thinking about this for a bit, I developed an image of Craig Rivet and Mike Grier playing good cop/bad cop in the Sabres locker room.
Mike Grier is the tough task master. He yells at the slackers, and if he gets really pissed, he roughs them up a bit. Then, in swoops Craig Rivet and with a few soothing murmers and a bandaid to make it all better, he dries Roy-Z’s tears. The next game, Roy-Z plays harder in an effort to avoid Grier’s wrath and to gain Rivet’s approval.
Meanwhile, during the time he used to spend coaching, Lindy can just eat bon-bons and waste his entire day checking out his ex-girlfriends on Facebook.