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Ehrhoff set to return for Sabres, wants to add excitement

Christian Ehrhoff, who has been out since suffering a rib injury Dec. 30, has been cleared to play for the Sabres and will return Tuesday when Buffalo visits New Jersey.

In addition to helping on the ice, the defenseman wants to bring excitment off the ice, too.

"I'm happy to get back, and hopefully we can get out of this hole tomorrow and get a win," Ehrhoff said after practice in Northtown Center in Amherst. "Just bring some confidence and some fun. I think it's been a tough few weeks for the guys that have been playing, and I'll just try to come in and bring a little excitement and try to give them some confidence."

He is the only injured player who is set to return. Defenseman Robyn Regehr and left wing Tyler Ennis skated today but aren't ready. Forward Paul Gaustad did not skate, while forward Brad Boyes also missed the session with the flu.

Captain Jason Pominville, meanwhile, said the team remains committed to winning with Lindy Ruff as coach and Darcy Regier as the general manager. His interview, and Ruff's chat, are below.

---John Vogl

Lindy Ruff

Jason Pominville

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