PHILADELPHIA -- It's a little too early to be channeling your thoughts of 2006 but the Sabres are getting injury-riddled on defense again and have called up defenseman Dennis Persson from Portland. He would be in line to make his NHL debut today in Game Two against the Flyers.
The Maine Hockey Journal is reporting the callup and the Sabres just confirmed it. Lindy Ruff will be meeting with the media at 3 p.m.
Andrej Sekera (upper-body strain) and Shaone Morrisonn are certainly questionable for today, with Morrisonn possible suffering a concussion in Game One. It's unknown if there's another injury on defense necessitating an emergency recall like Persson or if it's simply a case of Morrisonn being unable to go and Sekera being unable to replace him. Morrisonn did not practice yesterday while Sekera did.
Persson was a first-round pick of the Sabres in 2006 but the Swede has struggled at times in his career in the minors and has been passed by several players on the organization depth chart. He had four goals, 13 assists and a plus-5 rating in 64 games for Portland this year.