Sabres wary of Tucker
TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun
BUFFALO -- Lindy Ruff is no longer worried about whether Darcy Tucker is a dirty player.
The Buffalo Sabres coach is more concerned with how Tucker can hurt his team with the puck, not his body parts.
After a game between the Maple Leafs and Sabres last April, Ruff went on one of the better post-game tirades in recent memory, lambasting Tucker for being a diver and for trying (allegedly) to injure Jochen Hecht with a knee-on-knee hit.
"I had forgotten about it," Ruff said. "Right now he is a goal scorer and you can't take that away from him. You have to give him credit. It may surprise some but he is a key piece of that offensive puzzle (for the Leafs)."
Said Hecht, who suffered a knee injury on the play: "It's not forgotten. But I'm going to go out to play the game and win the game."
And then there's Andrew Peters, who mocked the Leafs with a golf-swing in Toronto's penultimate match before its season ended without a trip to the playoffs.
"The only loser in that incident was me," Peters said. "It's lone gone. I played against them in the exhibition and nobody said anything. I think they know I apologized. It was stupid on my part and it did not show much class."