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Practice begins -- with all Sabres on the ice

The Sabres are on the ice at First Niagara Center and it's business as usual: The only player missing is the concussed Jochen Hecht and Lindy Ruff is standing on the bench watching with James Patrick running things.

That means everyone who might be the subject of trade rumors -- think Paul Gaustad, Derek Roy, Brad Boyes, Jordan Leopold -- is on the ice practicing with the team. No trades yet. Boyes is back on his line, meaning he would be good to go Wednesday in Anaheim if he stays.

The lines are the same as well:


Cody McCormick is in a red non-contact jersey. All seven defensemen and both goalies are present. Corey Tropp is not here, meaning he's back in Rochester.

A reminder: Join us at 12:30 for our live chats, both text and video, and the latest updates.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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