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Stafford improving, Butler likely to stay out

The Sabres practiced today for about 50 minutes in the Amherst Center and then took off for Atlanta to open a four-game road trip Tuesday night. Drew Stafford skated today in a non-contact role for the first time since suffering his groin injury and Lindy Ruff said he's rapidly improving and could play by this weekend.

Lots of people keep asking about a Chris Butler-for-Andrej Sekera switch but Ruff didn't seem too keen on it even though the Sabres lost both games over the weekend. I didn't particuarly think much of Sekera's game Saturday, especially when he lost awareness of Pavel Datsyuk on Detroit's first goal.

"We'll discuss that in Atlanta and make a decision," Ruff said. "It's still not an easy one because Andrej has been a big part of our power play and has really played well even strength. To change anything right now makes it tough."

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

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