"He's a good guy. I don't think he's a stand-up, 'rah-rah' type of guy. He's a leader on the ice," said Ray, a commentator on Buffalo Sabres broadcasts on MSG. "And, I think that's a big part of the problem with that hockey team up there.
"Even when I was (in Ottawa), there was no one person who would stand up and take charge and you know, bat a head when it needed to happen. They're all right, they're very close friends ... Alfie's a great player when things are going easy. And, it just seemed like when the Sabres sat back a little bit and fell asleep a little (Tuesday in Ottawa's 6-3 comeback win in Buffalo), it gave him that little bit of life he needed and he went from there. But where was he in the first two periods?"
"He's not (the answer)," said Ray. "Everybody thought as soon as they named
him into that position (as No. 1 goalie), he'd come around. He hasn't done it.
He's fighting everything, every puck that comes around ... He's not the guy."