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Sabres call up Ellis, return of Roy, Hecht 'very close'

The Sabres, in need of a forward after losing right wing Jason Pominville to a leg laceration Friday night, have recalled center Matt Ellis from Portland. The move will allow Brad Boyes to shift from the middle to his natural right wing position for Sunday's potential series-clinching game against the Flyers.

The Sabres held a team meeting today in HSBC Arena rather than practice, though injured players were scheduled to skate in Northtown Center at Amherst. Two of those -- center Derek Roy and forward Jochen Hecht -- could be in the lineup if the Flyers force Game Seven.

"Derek is very close, very close," Ruff said. "I would put him in a category of within days. Jochen Hecht is a matter of days, too. Help is on its way."

The Sabres, of course, are eager to try and close out the Flyers in Game Six without the duo and in front of their own fans. To hear from Ruff, left wing Tyler Ennis and right wing Mike Grier, click the audio files below.

---John Vogl


Lindy Ruff


Tyler Ennis


Mike Grier

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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.

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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.

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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.

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