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Olympic chatter surrounds morning skate

Not much game-related news but lots of Olympic talk today in HSBC Arena in advance of tonight's Sabres-Penguins game. On the Sabres front, Lindy Ruff said there's nothing new to report on Derek Roy (head) or Patrick Kaleta (leg) and that they continue to be evaluated day-to-day heading to Friday's game against Atlanta. Nathan Paetsch skated on the fourth line and it looks like he'll be in for Andrej Sekera tonight.

About an hour after practice ended, word broke that Sekera has been named to Slovakia's Olympic team along with big names like Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa and Zdeno Chara, and former Sabre Miroslav Satan. That news was expected, as is likely word from Germany that Jochen Hecht will be named to its team. That announcement could also come today.

Team Canada, featuring Sidney Crosby, will be announced Wednesday at noon and Ruff, of course, is one of Mike Babcock's assistant coaches. The Canadians had a summer camp in Calgary to start to weed out the roster and the final decisions are just under 24 hours away.

"It is right down to crunch time and you have conversations about those players being considered," Ruff said. "Any player that was at that camp is in consideration and there have been names bantered around who may be a surprise that weren't at the camp. You just weight all that. Steve [Canada GM Steve Yzerman] and his group have paid enough visits to different places to see players play."

---Mike Harrington



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