A large number of the Sabres were on hand Monday at Park Country Club for the team's annual alumni golf tournament and there's good news on the injury front: Jason Pominville and Derek Roy both said they are 100 percent physically and ready to start full workouts with the team on Saturday.
Pominville, you'll recall, missed the last two games of the playoff series against Philadelphia after suffering a severed tendon while Roy returned for Game Seven after missing more than four months with his torn quad. Roy was far from 100 percent for that game but said he was improving every day. He took a few weeks off when the series ended to get back to his regular regimen.
For his part, Pominville needs to be officially cleared Friday by team doctors at his annual physical but expects no issues. He's been full-go on his own for several weeks. The injury required several dozen stitches but could have been much worse had it severed his Achilles tendon. Pominville said former backup goalie Patrick Lalime came into the locker room immediately after the leg was cut early in Game Five in Philadelphia.
"I didn't want to look so I asked Patty how bad it was. And he goes, "Oh, it's OK," Pominville recalled. "But I could tell by the look on his face he was pretty grossed out."
Ryan Miller met the media for the first time as a married man, as he tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Noureen DeWulf Sept. 3 in Los Angeles. Asked it how went, Miller smiled at reporters and laughed, "you jumped right into that."
Miller had his first on-ice session in Buffalo Monday morning at the Northtown Center with goaltending coach Jim Corsi and backup Jhonas Enroth. He spoke for a few minutes about the team's new offseason philosophy and gushed when I asked about having some new veteran defensemen in front of him like Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff.
"I like the way they play," Miller said. "By the time we're done with our games, we're watching some Western games and I like their style, the edge they play with. Ehrhoff is another guy coming in here who can skate really well and I'm excited to have Regehr too. A great guy off the ice but on the ice most people would agree he's not such a nice guy.
I like that element in a defenseman. It's a good attitude to set up our D-corps with. Every game is going to be a grind and a battle. Other teams know they'll have to go through guys with that attitude so that's good."
The team is still finalizing its plans for the weekend as the ice is going into First Niagara Center but won't be used until Monday -- the day of the exhibition opener against Carolina -- because of the wrestling card in the building this weekend. The team is expected to skate Saturday and Sunday in the Northtown Center.