The Sabres' rookie camp closed this afternoon with plenty of expletives flying through HSBC Arena, with one of the loudest coming from Marc-Andre Gragnani.
The defenseman, who is among nine prime candidates for seven jobs with the Sabres, was hit by a shot in the first period of the scrimmage. He never returned with a leg injury. The Sabres say Gragnani hurt his knee and more will be known Saturday.
The other notable moment of the White Team's 6-1 victory came when Nathan Gerbe scuffled with Felix Schutz. Gerbe skated in from his left wing spot and whacked Schutz a few times in the faceoff dot as soon as the puck was dropped. The puck went to the opposite end, and Gerbe lined up Schutz with a big check. Gerbe fell, got up and whacked Schutz from behind in front of the net.
The two stood nose-to-nose for several seconds before Schutz stuck his glove in Gerbe's face. Gerbe broke free of the face-wash, dropped his gloves and began circling Schutz. The center failed to drop his gloves for the fight.
"I'm right here, buddy," said Gerbe, who traded several more profanities with Schutz as the players headed to their benches.
The win by White was its first in three games. Tyler Ennis opened the scoring for Blue, which surrendered six unanswered goals. Mark Pysyk, Nick Foligno, Jacob Lagace (twice), Travis Turnbull and Corey Tropp scored for White.