Newly acquired Mikael Tellqvist surprised some media members after practice today as he was leaving the locker room by saying he's starting Tuesday night's game in Ottawa. Miller then emerged and reporters could not question Tellqvist, who was unavailable for further comment. Ruff had already spoken to reporters so Tuesday's starter won't be revealed until the morning skate in Ottawa.Sabres' Miller skating, expects to play again this season : Buffalo Sabres : The Buffalo News This doesn't mean that he will definitely start but it does seem that way.
After the game, Jhonas Enroth was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres after Ryan Miller suffered a high ankle sprain.Pirates lose more than a game; Enroth heads to Buffalo " Maine Hockey Journal A little bit of confirmation on what we already thought was going to happen. Instead of wondering when Lalime will get a chance to play, we can now speculate on when Enroth will make his NHL debut.
I haven’t set myself a deadline when I want to play again. The doctors said that I would miss at least 4 weeks altogether. But it could also be 5 to 6 weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see. The only thing certain is that I’ll be wearing a full visor helmet when I get back. That’s because the jaw-braces will stay put for another month from now. Otherwise the risk would be to big.Tom's Diary: #26 Thomas VANEK Straight from the horses mouth. Hopefully Stafford can stay hot or this team may end up on the outside looking in.
Nathan Gerbe will be staying in Buffalo a little longer as he was recalled by the Sabres after the game. In 31 games, he’s scored 20 goals, 17 assists for 37 points. This is Gerbe’s second recall this season to the Sabres.Pirates snake bit in the shootout at HSBC Arena " Maine Hockey Journal It looks like the lines will juggling again. My first thought is that Gerbe will be playing with Roy-Pominville and MacArthur will slide down to the Mair line. Paille would obviously be bumped to the fourth line and Peters will not play. This is all depending on whether or not there is another injury that we don't know about. There is also a chance that Sekera could be back in the lineup tonight.
"I think the young core in here is a good one, and I think we're making our own identity away from what we were three years ago," Gaustad said. "We're a hardworking team that can mix in that offensive style. We've changed a little bit, and we've grown from there."Pierre LeBrun: Sabres one of this season's surprising success stories - ESPN I was going to write a full post for you this evening but I got tied up doing other things. I was reading this story and the above quote struck me instantly. Why did I think that quote was so great? Because this is what I have been saying for a year and half. Why do I bring it up now? Because I started to doubt they would ever come together when they struggled earlier this season. I stand corrected.
After the game, Marc-Andre Gragnani was recalled to the Buffalo Sabres because of a shortage of defensemen with the NHL club. Henrik Tallinder injured his right shoulder in Buffalo’s 5-3 loss to Tampa Bay, which left the Sabres’ with only five healthy defensemen.Darche gives Pirates OT win " Maine Hockey Journal It will be fun to see what the kid can do in Buffalo but I still think he is a year or two away from being an everyday player in the NHL.
The two-day meeting, which begins today, will also hear that the NHL is likely to hold the line on the salary cap next year, which for the first time since the 2004 lockout season, is not likely to increase in 2009-10. To put that into perspective, the salary floor for 2008-09 is higher than the maximum cap amount in 2005-06, the first full season after the lockout. It's expected the cap, which factors in league revenue, will settle somewhere between $54-million (all currency U.S.) and the current $56.7-million next season and may well shrink substantially in 2010-11, the final year of the current collective labour agreement.globesports.com: Financial update tops governors' agenda This is what I have been telling people for over a year now. There were plenty of people, especially at TBN, that were critical of the Sabres handling of past free agents but the Sabres will be sitting pretty while other free spending teams will find themselves over the salary cap. Stay tuned to this story because there is much more to come in the next two years.
The chatter is the Atlanta Thrashers are going to send veteran Mathieu Schneider to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for winger Maxim Afinogenov. Buffalo wants a blue-liner and hasn't been able to give away Afinogenov because no other team wants to pick up his $3.5-million salaryNo direction for Vinny's fate | Hockey | Sports | Toronto Sun Should we give this any consideration? Bakes shares his thoughts as well, over at Sabres Prospects.com
Ales Kotalik will play tonight after missing seven games with a hamstring injury. He skated on a line with Adam Mair and Andrew Peters. Lindy Ruff says Peters will play because of the chippy nature of the Predators. Defenseman Craig Rivet will miss tonight's game due to an undisclosed injury. Nathan Paetsch will dress in Rivet's place.WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres - Kotalik returns, Rivet injured
Dineen also said it was unlikely Portland would be seeing Drew Stafford from the Sabres, he’s been in contact with Regier and Ruff and they’ve discussed several possibilities, but Stafford hasn’t been one of them.Pirates keep winning on the road " Maine Hockey Journal