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Sabres Send Gerbe and Weber to Portland, Roster at 23

The Buffalo Sabres made a couple of roster moves to get the roster to 23 players.  There was plenty of speculation of who might go and who would stay.  As of now Tim Kennedy and Tyler Myers made the Buffalo Sabres roster.  I would guess that Myers will be here for the long haul but he can play nine games before the Sabres have to make a decision.  Kennedy will probably only be here until Adam Mair comes back from injury.

While Myers and Kennedy celebrate making the roster, Nathan Gerbe and Mike Weber suffered the disappointment of being the last cuts.  Both players figure in the Sabres future plans and should not look at this as a demotion.  Instead they should look at it as an opportunity to play.

The Sabres roster is set for Saturday, now it is time to speculate on possible line combinations.  Drew Stafford has a mild concussion and might not be able to play, that will have a large effect on who plays and who doesn't.  I am leaning towards Stafford not being ready because if he was, Kennedy would probably be in Portland.

Possible lines after the jump

It will be interesting to see what lines Lindy Ruff decides to go with.  When Stafford was in the lineup it was easy to predict the lines but his injury makes it more interesting.  Kennedy is currently listed as a Center but he was Wing before switching positions last season.  He is a candidate to play either position.  Here is my crack at predicting the Sabres lines.

Line 1 -  Thomas Vanek - Tim Connolly - Jason Pominville

Line 2 -  Clarke MacArthur - Tim Kennedy - Derek Roy

Line 3 - Jochen Hecht - Paul Gaustad - Mike Grier

Line 4 - Daniel PailleMatt EllisPatrick Kaleta


I find it interesting that Daniel Paille is on the fourth line.  I think he is better than a fourth line player.  I do like that this fourth line will bring energy but is not necessarily a fighting line.  It is the type of line that can contribute on occasion.  Paille is perfect where he is because he is a two-way player and could fill in on any of the top three lines if called upon.

The Defense is also difficult to predict but only because of the injury to Toni Lydman.  It doesn't look like Lydman will be ready for Saturday and that makes things a little easier.

Pair 1 - Craig Rivet - Chris Butler

Pair 2 - Steve Montador - Andrej Sekera

Pair 3 - Tyler Myers - Henrik Tallinder

It would be interesting to see Myers and Sekera play together but I'm not sure Lindy is ready to live dangerously yet.  Nathan Paestch would be the only healthy scratch in this scenario with Stafford and Lydman out with injuries.