Sabres' third goalie wants out

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:52 AM ET

There is dissent among the three-headed monster that guards the Buffalo Sabres' net.

Frustrated at the lack of playing time available behind incumbents Marty Biron and Ryan Miller, third-string goaltender Mika Noronen yesterday called on Sabres management to alleviate the glut of bodies between the pipes.

"It's a bad situation," said Noronen, who did not dress for the game against the Maple Leafs last night at the Air Canada Centre. "I'm just hoping they can figure out something and make a move.

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"It's not good for anybody, especially for me because I'm not even in the lineup and I'm not playing. It's almost Jan. 1 and I just want something to happen because I want to play this game again."

Noronen, who has played in just four games this season, insists he holds no grudges against Biron and Miller.

"Those are good guys," he said. "I'm really happy for them right now. They're playing well and I have to be happy for them.

"But at the same time, I can't be happy for myself. I'm trying not to show it but hopefully something changes."

Noronen, who was credited with an empty net goal against the Leafs back on February 14, 2004, is said to be contemplating a move to Europe in the near future if the crowded goaltending situation is not cleared. Of course, for that to happen, he would have to work out a deal to get out of his contract.

Coming out of training camp, Miller seemed to be the apple of coach Lindy Ruff's eye. Biron, meanwhile, was seen as trade bait, with Vancouver, Colorado and Edmonton all mentioned as possible destinations.

But a nasty thumb injury to Miller early in the season caused Biron to step into the starter's role and he never looked back, reeling off 13 consecutive victories.

Now that Miller is healthy again, he and Biron are sharing the load, leaving Noronen as the odd man out.

"I don't worry about the trade rumours," Biron said."I just want to be part of this.

"I was here when we went through bankruptcy.I was here when we were 15 games under .500. Now we are selling out mid-week games and they are doing the wave. When was the last time they did the wave in Buffalo?"


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