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More Puck Drop thoughts

Looking through a notebook after spending a couple hours waiting for players to get through their autograph sessions:

----The game: The Blue team won the scrimmage, 7-4, with Mark Mancari getting two goals. He was the only player on either side with more than one. ... Pretty funny seeing Henrik Tallinder checking 5-5 Nathan Gerbe. ... Couple soft goals given up by Jhonas Enroth, including a slapshot Tim Connolly blew by him. Great shot but gotta make the save in the NHL. ... Connolly looked decent with no problems from his hip surgery. ... Patrick Kaleta entertained the front-row fans with some leaps into the glass during the post-scrimmage wind sprints. I wasn't looking at his first collision but you could almost tell by the sound that it was Kaleta hitting the wall.

Jerseuys_3----The new third jerseys (left): They'll obviously be a big seller. The classic circular crest looks great with the 21st-century update of the numbers on the front. A darker shade of blue than the 70s version, clearly to match the current blue. ... Nice presentation by the Sabres as well with the players being introduced individually through the dry ice smoke via the zamboni entrance. Huge cheers for Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville, Teppo Numminen. ...The jerseys were introduced with a neat video that harkened back to the days of the Aud. Showed Norty and Seymour Knox and Tom Golisano. (No John Rigas though. Don't think I saw any goatheads either.)

---Injuries: Thomas Vanek (pinched nerve in the knee) and Paul Gaustad (bruised shoulder) are going to sit out the exhibition games Monday at Toronto and Tuesday against Montreal in Roberval, Quebec. Vanek's injury actually happened during his physical Friday while Gaustad was injured in Saturday's scrimmage. ... Teppo Numminen did not play in the scrimmage but practiced after it. ... Adam Mair (knee) skated on his own and coach Lindy Ruff said he may be ready for the final preseason game and could potentially be in the lineup for the opener.

Pretty good day overall. A crowd of about 7,000 or so on hand. Heard there was lots and lots of crowds for the autograph session which can be tough. Some nice new graphics on the ribbon board. Couple minor quibbles I heard from fans: Would have liked to see names on the players' practice jerseys for this one and maybe use PA man Jay Moran to announce the goal scorers.

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: Ryan Miller and Tim Connolly show off the new jerseys/Mark Mulville-Buffalo News)


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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