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Makeup of the 23-man roster

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres' 23-man roster looks set for Sunday's opener against Philadelphia, with today's announcement that Mikhail Grigorenko has made the team for now with Cody McCormick and Nathan Gerbe going on injured reserve.

The team will thus start the season with 13 forwards on the roster, eight defenseman and goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth. McCormick and Gerbe don't count against those totals. The scratches most likely will be Matt Ellis, Mike Weber and T.J. Brennan.

The breakdown of skaters looks like this:

Forward lines
Thomas Vanek-Cody Hodgson-Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford
Steve Ott-Mikhail Grgorenko-Ville Leino
John Scott-Jochen Hecht-Patrick Kaleta 

The six defensemen are skating in these pairs
Christian Ehrhoff-Alexander Sulzer
Tyler Myers-Robyn Regehr
Andrej Sekera-Jordan Leopold

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Mike Harrington

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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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