After almost nine months off, the Sabres skated for four days. It's apparently time for another day off.
The Sabres have canceled their practice scheduled for Thursday morning. They will return to the First Niagara Center ice at 10:30 a.m. Friday for a two-hour session. It will be open to the public, as will Saturday's skate. It, too, will run from 10:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.
The hole in the Sabres' practice schedule coincides with the final waiver period before rosters must be set. The Sabres have 26 players in camp -- 15 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders -- and they must be at 23 by 3 p.m. Friday. Mikhail Grigorenko can freely be sent to juniors, but any other player trimmed from the roster must clear waivers in order to remain in the organization with Rochester.
"It’s going to be interesting decisions," goaltender Ryan Miller said today. "We have guys to make decisions on. With that amount of talent, there are some guys in my mind – maybe I shouldn’t even say it because it could spark somebody’s interest – but waivers becomes an issue for some of our guys, so it’s going to be interesting to see what decisions are being made.
"We have a lot of talent here. Everybody in this room can contribute and play a part. It should be interesting."