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Gragnani gone, Stafford on a line

OTTAWA -- The Sabres have just taken the ice in Scotiabank Place for their morning skate, and Drew Stafford appears ready to play tonight against the Senators. To make room on the roster, the Sabres have sent defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani back to Portland.

The lines:

Thomas Vanek-Jochen Hecht-Jason Pominville

Paul Byron-Tyler Ennis-Stafford

Nathan Gerbe-Paul Gaustad-Cody McCormick

Rob Niedermayer-Matt Ellis-Mike Grier

More following the skate.

---John Vogl

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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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