Just left HSBC Arena a few hours ago it seems and we're back again for the Sabres' first practice with new goaltender Mikael Tellqvist on the ice. Newly acquired center Dominic Moore was supposed to be here as well but he is NOT on the ice. No official word yet but the scuttlebutt in the building is that he has some work visa issues being taken care of. (POST-PRACTICE UPDATE: Moore said he expects to have his visa issues taken care of to play tomorrow.)
Tellqvist served as the backup goaltender last night against Montreal and got big cheers when he was shown on the HD board sitting on the bench during the game. Moore was driving in on the QEW listening on radio and got to the building during the third period. He had a brief meet-and-greet with Lindy Ruff, Darcy Regier and his new teammates after the game.
Tellqvist spent several minutes before practice working with goaltending coach Jim Corsi on some drills. Seems like they're trying to give him a crash course on playing the HSBC Arena boards. You have to figure Tellqvist plays either Friday here against Phoenix or Saturday in Ottawa. Ruff likes to put goalies in against their old teams, and what better way to start Tellqvist off against the team that dealt him yesterday?
Hit refresh on this post a couple times over the next hour and I'll provide some updates from practice on the lines and such.
UPDATE I: Moore will be wearing No. 17 and not No. 23 as you may have been hearing elsewhere. Tellqvist wore No 32 last night and is expected to keep that.
UPDATE II: The lines on the ice look like this: Vanek-Connolly-Stafford, Hecht-Gaustad-Pominville, Paille-Roy-Afinogenov, Ellis-Mair-Kaleta. The spares are MacArthur and Peters. Not having Moore here is a difficult problem. Now he'll have to be slotted on a line during tomorrow's morning skate, not the best proposition. Will be interesting to hear what Ruff has to say about this one afterwards.
UPDATE III: Ruff said he may use Moore at center and move Derek Roy to left wing. Ruff also said Patrick Lalime is going too well and he will start Friday but that Tellqvist definitely has a chance to play Saturday in Ottawa.
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