Who would have thought that Buffalo Sabres players would so involved in a ban proposed by the NHLPA on skating at Olympic training camps for national teams?
The union doesn't think the players are adequately insured by their federations and recommends players take part in off-ice sessions only. There has no call for players from Canada, including Derek Roy, and the United States, including Ryan Miller, to stay off their skates.
However, three Sabres were not allowed to skate with their countrymen this week. When former Sabres defenseman Uwe Krupp called his German team onto the ice for a four-day camp, his eight players under contract to NHL teams did not skate. Among them are Jochen Hecht, Felix Schutz and Philip Gogulla. Schutz played last season at Portland and Gogulla signed his first contract to play in North America last spring and will make his debut here this season. Both were at the Sabres' development camp.