The Sabres practiced for 75 minutes late this afternoon with some hard up-tempo drills in their first workout after returning from the all-star break. Then they took their early-evening flight to Montreal.
The spector of trades looms over this club, especially in the wake of President Ted Black's comments Saturday in Ottawa that "Our commitment is to winning, not to any particular group of players that are labeled as a core."
"He wants to win," said goaltender Ryan MIller. "I'm sure there's frustrations in his situation just like there are in ours. When things aren't going the way you'd hope they would go, you try to make adjustments and that is an option for management. For us, it's not an option to think about how we can change parts. We are the parts and we want to make it work with what we have in here and the coaching staff and training staff. You search for ways to make it work.
"If they think something is not working on that level, that's their business. That's going to be handled there. It's not anything we can control, not anything we can influence."
As for roster updates, Tyler Ennis is back in tomorrow night after his second run of 17 straight games out due to a high ankle sprain. The ankle was originally injured in October, Ennis returned and hurt it again Dec. 17 in Pittsburgh and has gone back and forth with it in practice since. But Ennis looked good in practice Monday.
"You can't be concerned about it," Ennis said. "You have to go mentally strong and physically strong. You can't think about it."
Paul Gaustad (upper body) might play tomorrow. Brayden McNabb (concussion) might be back by the weekend after having his first full practice after getting hit Jan. 13 against Toronto and missing the road trip.
Miller's interview lasted more than seven minutes and got into his deep-thinking mode when analyzing how there's no singular answer for what's gone on so far. He was chipper and upbeat, even admitting near the end he was "just trying to take a spin here for the positive."
"No one has been able to quite figure it out amongst you guys and ourselves," Miller said. "The thinktank that is Buffalo hasn't really yielded too many results."
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