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Weber scratched, Gragnani in for Sabres' opener

HELSINKI, Finland -- Marc-Andre Gragnani's power-play skills have given him the edge over fellow defenseman Mike Weber, so Gragnani will be in the lineup tonight when the Sabres open the regular season against Anaheim.

Calling it a tough decision to sit Weber, coach Lindy Ruff said special teams are a vital part of the game and Gragnani's ability to man the point was a key factor in the decision.

Matt Ellis will be the healthy scratch among forwards, while Jochen Hecht is out with concussion symptoms.

--John Vogl

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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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