The Sabres were only on the ice for about 25 minutes today in HSBC Arena but there was plenty of news to delve into around the locker room. Here's the rundown:
---The NHL is not -- repeat, not -- suspending Ottawa's Jarkko Ruutu for his hit last night on Patrick Kaleta. Lindy Ruff and the players are extemely upset about the hit and expected a suspension (they spoke to the media before news leaked out that Ruutu is only getting fined). As for Kaleta, Ruff said he's having some vision issues and there's no timetable yet on his return but did seem to indicate Kaleta may be back sooner than you thought first watching the hit.
"We'll wait and see how he's doing tomorrow," Ruff said. "[Having no timetable] doesn't have to mean he has to miss time."
"He has a background for that type of stuff," captain Craig Rivet said of Ruutu, who got suspended for taking a chomp out of Andrew Peters' finger here last year. "How he's not ejected from the game is beyond me. They're talking about taking head shots out and you look at it on the replay, it's just a total blatant [hit] that he was going for his head."
---Paul Gaustad will be back in the Sabres' lineup Friday against Toronto after missing 10 games with a knee injury suffered Nov. 27 in Philadelphia. That should be a huge boost for the Sabres' power play and their success rate on faceoffs, which has suffered a huge drop since Gaustad went out of the lineup.
---Kaleta did not skate today. Neither did the injured Nathan Gerbe and Chris Butler as well as Henrik Tallinder, Tyler Myers, Steve Montador and Jochen Hecht. Ruff said Tallinder and Myers were both in the group that suffered food poisoning from a meal Tuesday night in an Ottawa steakhouse.
---Patrick Lalime, who was also in the group sticken, said he's not playing in goal Friday as Ryan Miller will face the Leafs, a team he's stoned twice this season. Meanwhile, Ruff reaffirmed he's using Lalime one of the two games this weekend. Lalime smiled but would only say, "We'll see" when he was asked to confirm he's playing here Saturday against Pittsburgh. Bottom line: He's in Saturday, folks.