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Practice under way: Leopold the only absentee

Live from the Northtown Center in Amherst, the Sabres are on the ice for just another day of practice. Of course, it's not just another day. The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching at 3 p.m.

First things first: Tim Connolly and Steve Montador ARE both on the ice for practice. Brad Boyes is not; he'll be meeting the team in New York.

The only player missing is Jordan Leopold and he's not involved in any trade issues, as he missed Saturday's game with what the team termed an upper-body injury. No word on the severity of that. We'll have to wait to talk to Lindy Ruff after today's workout; Saturday night, Ruff tried to give the impression it was the flu. Nope.

The lines are Vanek-Connolly-Pominville; Ennis-Hecht-Stafford, Gerbe-Gaustad-Kaleta and Niedermayer-McCormick-Grier. The defense pairs are Myers-Butler; Montador-Sekera and Weber-Morrisonn.

---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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