The Sabres have returned to practice here at First Niagara Center with what is essentially going to be their team for the 2011-12 season. It should be a strong week of workouts because there are no more games until Friday night's contest in Washington. The team is scheduled to practice Saturday morning and then leave for Germany on Saturday night.
The first big bit of news out of practice today is the continued absence of center Jochen Hecht. A cut lip does not force an absence of roughly a week of drills, and that clearly points to a recurrence of concussion symptoms Hecht experienced at the end of last season. Memo to Lindy: You will be questioned about it again today.
Derek Roy, who tweaked his shoulder Saturday against Toronto, is skating in a red (non-contact jersey).
Here are today's lines:
The defense pairs are Regehr-Myers, Weber-Sekera and Ehrhoff skating with Leopold and Gragnani.