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Miller misses practice; Kassian reaches agreement

Ryan Miller did not practice this afternoon with the Sabres while recoving from a lower-body injury that was not believed to be serious. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Miller received treatment Saturday and Sunday and kept the goaltender off the ice after he reported soreness.

Ruff did not reveal details of the injury. Goaltending coach Jim Corsi played in one net at the Northtowns Center while Patrick Lalime played the other for the 80-minute practice. Miller is expected to be back on the ice when the Sabres get back to work Tuesday in preparation for Boston.

Winger Jason Pominville returned to full duty today for the first time since Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson buried him with a check Oct. 11. Winger Nathan Gerbe will be sidelined for a few weeks with a broken jaw, but he participated in drills today. Rookie Luke Adam was returned to Portland.

Also, the Sabres announced in a press release they had agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal with former first-round pick Zack Kassian, who is playing for OHL Windsor. Kassian had seven goals and 20 points in his first 13 games with the Spitfires after an extended look in Sabres' training camp.

Kassian, 19, can only be called to Buffalo in an emergency.  He was the 13th overall selection in the 2009 draft.

--- Bucky Gleason

 

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