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Injuries dog Sabres, plane trouble dogs blogger

CALGARY, Alberta -- The weather didn't get me today. The plane's mechanical trouble did. Sat inside a plane on the tarmac in Chicago for two hours today while the trouble was addressed, a new route was planned and we got de-iced for a second time. By the time I got here, Sabres practice in the Saddledome was a memory.

So finding out what Lindy Ruff's thoughts on lines in the wake of Derek Roy's season-ending injury will wait until Monday's pregame skate. Tim Connolly practiced today but I reached Darcy Regier by phone and said he didn't think Connolly's nose would be ready for a game, but that Connolly looked pretty good.

So right now, the Sabres have the following centers: Jochen Hecht, Rob Niedermayer, Luke Adam and Paul Gaustad. A bit of a step down from Briere-Drury-Roy, don't you think? 

Be sure to read my story in Monday's paper. Regier is not entertaining thoughts of selling. Yet. The Sabres are, after all, only eight points out of the playoffs. But let's see where they are after these two West Coast trips. The Phoenix game on Jan. 8 is the halfway mark of the season. If the deficit is, say, 12 or 14 points, it's time to send people packing and play the kids.

How big a loss was Roy? Among NHL centers, Roy was seventh in points and fourth in assists -- behind only Vancouver's Henrik Sedin, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby and Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk. Pretty good trio.

"Derek was certainly at the forefront of our offense," Regier said. "It's obviously a loss and a hole in the lineup, there's no question. For the club, it's an opportunity for others to step forward and we'll need them to step forward."

Lots more to come Monday after the pregame skate. It's the normal 11:30 a.m. local time, which means you'll start to see some info about 1:30 in the afternoon in Buffalo. Faceoff is 9:05 p.m.

---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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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