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Poll: Who should be the Sabres' captain?

By John Vogl

Just two days away from the start of the NHL season, the Sabres don't have a captain. Coach Ron Rolston is expected to name one Tuesday.

"We have a lot of guys that could be in that situation for us," Rolston said today. "We’re looking for guys who are respected in the room, set examples in the room, especially with a younger team; guys who can hold those young guys in terms of their attention and help those young guys, can help them develop but also make those guys accountable.

"For us, it’s all about making sure they’re setting the standard for those younger players and the team, for that matter. That’s what we’ll be looking for."

So, who do you think fits that role for the Sabres?

Slow healing by Foligno means Sabres' roster is set; Sulzer clears waivers

By John Vogl

Marcus Foligno is still hurt. Johan Larsson, Brian Flynn and Zemgus Girgensons have made the Sabres because of that.

Buffalo coach Ron Rolston held out hope last week that Foligno's injured shoulder would heal in time for the season opener. However, the big winger was unable to practice again today, and Rolston said Foligno won't be ready for Wednesday's game in Detroit.

That leaves the Sabres with 23 healthy players -- the exact number for the NHL's roster limit, which must be reached by 5 this afternoon. Since the Sabres are already there, Rolston said they don't have to and won't make another move. He said everyone who was at practice today will be back in First Niagara Center on Tuesday.

Flynn, Girgensons and Larsson were the most likely candidates to head to Rochester at the roster deadline because they don't require waivers to be sent to the minors. But with injuries up front to Foligno, Corey Tropp (jaw) and Joel Armia (hand), all three will stick around. Rookie Nikita Zadorov (finger) will join the hurt trio on injured reserve, then return to his junior team when healthy.

The Sabres will enter the season with 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. The logjam at forward leaves uncertainty as to who will be the 20 players to dress against the Red Wings.

The Sabres did limited line work today, but the first four units were as follows:

Thomas Vanek-Cody Hodgson-Drew Stafford

Steve Ott-Tyler Ennis-Ville Leino

Zemgus Girgensons-Mikhail Grigorenko-Brian Flynn

Kevin Porter-Cody McCormick-Patrick Kaleta.

Larsson and John Scott served as the extras.

The top three defense pairs featured Christian Ehrhoff and Mark Pysyk, Henrik Tallinder and Tyler Myers, and Mike Weber and Rasmus Ristolainen, with Jamie McBain rotating in as the extra.

Defenseman Alexander Sulzer, who was waived Sunday, was not claimed by another team and is expected to report to the Amerks.

The Sabres have yet to select a captain. To hear Rolston talk about what type of player he wants to wear the "C," click the audio file below.

Links: The News' NHL Preview section, featuring profile on Sabres' Rolston, is now online

By John Vogl

The annual NHL Preview section came out on newsstands today, and tonight it's online. Here are the stories and links (though by all means grab an actual paper to see the design work by Vince Chiaramonte and Andrea Zagata):

*Ron Rolston has reached the pinnacle. He’s set to begin his first full season with the Buffalo Sabres, one of only 30 men lucky enough to be called an NHL head coach.

“Getting this opportunity to coach here has been a dream,” Rolston said. “Most people try to aspire to get to the very top of the profession, and this is the best in the world.”

Here's my in-depth look at how Rolston became the man and coach he is today.

*In the team preview, I examine how the Sabres hope newfound camaraderie will be enough to overcome their shortcomings.

*The 2013-14 season marks the start of new divisions, a new schedule matrix and a new playoff format for the NHL. For the Sabres, Mike Harrington writes, it means much more travel and a decidedly tougher road to end their postseason drought.

*Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles are Bucky Gleason's choices to win their divisions as he previews the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific.

*Harrington explains that Steve Ott never shuts up as he tries to get opponents off their game, and he battles them with a competitive will he got from his parents.

*Gleason says weary fans are left with little hope, so they might as well appreciate Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek with their careers with the Sabres entering their final stages -- because who knows where the franchise is going.

*While Sabres fans have been warned by management they will likely endure some suffering this season, the Amerks may have the right balance of prospects and veteran depth to win a playoff series for the first time since 2005, as Miguel Rodriguez explains.

*New Sabres broadcaster Dan Dunleavy will spend three seasons working with and learning from an NHL announcing legend, Rick Jeanneret, before stepping behind the microphone full time, as Greg Connors writes.

*For the first time since 1997-98, every team will visit the other 29 cities as part of a home-and-away series. So fans can pack a bag and pick a city when the Sabres hit the road. Here’s my advice on what to see and eat before watching the Sabres put on their visiting uniforms.

*The Sabres have a new third jersey on the way, so Harrington takes a look back at the team’s uniform history.

Sabres place Sulzer on waivers, hope to send D-man to Amerks; Adam clears

By John Vogl

The Sabres have waived defenseman Alexander Sulzer, a move necessary for the team to send him to Rochester.

Sulzer played 17 games for the Sabres last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Buffalo re-signed the 29-year-old to a one-year, $725,000 contract. If he clears waivers, Sulzer and his complete salary will patrol the blue line in Rochester.

The move leaves the Sabres with eight defensemen, including injured Nikita Zadorov, who is expected to be sent to his junior team when healthy. The seven blue-liners who will start the season in Buffalo are Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, Henrik Tallinder, Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen and newcomer Jamie McBain.

Sulzer was the only waiver move made today by the Sabres, who needed to waive any veterans today in order to have them off the roster by the Monday afternoon deadline.

Luke Adam, who was waived Saturday, was not claimed and will report to the Amerks.

The Sabres have 27 players on the roster, including forwards Corey Tropp (jaw) and Joel Armia (hand), who will be placed on injured reserve along with Zadorov. That makes 24, so they need to send at least one more player to the Amerks to get to the roster limit of 23 by 3 p.m. Monday.

Forwards Brian Flynn, Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson do not need waivers to be sent to Rochester.

Coming Sunday: Great reads on Rolston, Ott and travel highlight the 2013-14 NHL Preview Section

RRcoverBy Mike Harrington

Be sure to pick up Sunday's editions of The Buffalo News to read our annual NHL Preview Section, chock-full of great reads, sharp photography and eye-popping graphics from The News' award-winning design department.

The cover story by John Vogl is a fascinating look inside the mind and hockey background of The Professor, Sabres coach Ron Rolston. He has graduated from the ranks of U.S. colleges and the National Development Team program to get his first full-time gig in the NHL and be the Sabres' first new coach since Lindy Ruff took over 1997.

The story features the insight of several Rolston contemporaries topped by Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson, who gave Rolston his first coaching job as an assistant at Lake Superior State.

"It's like getting a doctorate, basically, working under Jeff and learning about the game," Rolston said. "I was very fortunate because a lot of people don't get that mentorship right away. I was able to right off the bat learn from the best and then have a good foundation moving forward."

My main assignment was a feature on Sabres agitator Steve Ott, a mouth that roars and never stops while he drives opponents crazy. Said teammate Patrick Kaleta of Ott: "It would be funny to see what his Google searches are, that's for sure."

One thing I wasn't able to get into the story was how Ott spent his summer -- as a crew member for his father, Butch, who is a decorated power-boat racer.

"It's nerve-wracking for me. That's my dad out there," Ott told me last week. "I know he's highly competitive and he's going to go to the max, to the edge to win. His mindset is where I got my mindset from. There's only one way. For him, he's got his own boat race going. It's win or swim. He's either flipping or going for a win. To watch him sometimes barrel roll or flip that boat going 100 mph, things get pretty nerve-wracking. I never want to see him banged up."

Also in the section, Vogl provides an incredible travelogue with restaurant and sight-seeing recommendations in every NHL city and I take a look back at the wild history of the Sabres uniforms. There's also Vogl's reasons for optimism and pessimism on the Sabres and full capsules of every NHL team.

Be sure to pick it up. Only in Sunday's Buffalo News.

Zadorov out two weeks, Ristolainen makes roster, Adam off to Rochester (pending waivers)

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres wrapped up their final practice of the preseason Saturday afternoon in First Niagara Center and coach Ron Rolston firmed up several items with reporters during his daily briefing. Here's a quick rundown:

Nikita Zadorov: The 18-year-old defenseman, who just signed his entry-level contract on Wednesday, is going to be out for about two weeks after needing stitches to repair what Rolston called a "smashed" finger tip on his left hand. Zadorov suffered the injury blocking a shot on the penalty kill Friday night in Carolina. Rather than sending Zadorov back to junior, the Sabres could simply keep him here skating for the two weeks on injured reserve and not have him count against the 23-man roster limit.

The roster: The Sabres will take Sunday off and then open their preparations for Wednesday's opener in Detroit on Monday morning. The final 23-man roster doesn't have to be set until Monday at 3 p.m. but Rolston said the team has more meetings set for later today, so the bet here is the opening night lineup could be at practice Monday.

Rasmus Ristolainen: Zero surprise when Rolston said he's going to be on the team. He's been a top-six defender since day one of camp and Rolston said he was the team's best defenseman Friday night.

Luke Adam: The fall of the former second-round pick and NHL All-Star Rookie participant continued as he was put on waivers with the intent of sending him to Rochester.

The captaincy: Rolston said he will name a captain prior to the Detroit game. The most likely candidates remain Thomas Vanek or Steve Ott, although a case could instead be made for a player on a longterm contract like Christian Ehrhoff or Cody Hodgson.

Marcus Foligno: He has a shoulder strain and did not practice today but Rolston said he is fully expecting to have him in the lineup Wednesday.

Click below to hear Rolston's session with the media today where he talks about the lineup, the preseason, his solid goaltending and the importance of improvement on the special teams.

Ron Rolston

Take your pick: Who should survive Sabres' final cuts and avoid demotion to Amerks?

By John Vogl

The Sabres enter their final preseason game in Carolina tonight with several roster spots open. There could be one starting job on defense, two or more up front and several depth spots.

“Evaluation is still going on with some spots,” coach Ron Rolston said. “From where we’re at, there will be some tough choices we have to make. I think that’s what we want. We want guys to compete for those spots.”

As we point out in today's story, it's reasonable to assume that 17 players have roster spots locked up. (You can say that Drew Stafford hasn't wowed anyone in preseason after a terrible year, but the $4 million forward was still wearing an "A" during games and won't be demoted to Rochester.)

So who will go to the Amerks? More importantly, who will stay in Buffalo? Have your say below.

Sabres' Armia sidelined indefinitely with broken hand

By John Vogl

The Sabres' Joel Armia, one of the former first-round picks competing for a roster spot, has a broken hand and is out indefinitely.

The right winger took a slash during Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Columbus and was unable to finish the game. X-rays revealed the break, coach Ron Rolston said today. It hasn't been determined whether Armia will need surgery or if the injury will heal on its own.

Continue reading "Sabres' Armia sidelined indefinitely with broken hand" »

Postgame video: Rolston on the collaring of the Jackets

Ron Rolston's postgame press conference (MSG/

By Mike Harrington

Click above to see Ron Rolston's postgame press conference from Wednesday's 3-0 win over Columbus in First Niagara Center. Rolston discusses Joel Armia's uncertain status after suffering a hand injury, the play of Mikhail Grigorenko, and the success of the team's penalty killers in combination with goaltender Jhonas Enroth.

The Sabres killed off all seven Columbus power plays and are 25 for 27 in the preseason -- including 16 for 16 at home.

Here's a weird stat: They haven't lost a preseason home game in regulation since Sept. 21, 2007 -- going 9-0-3 in their last 12 exhibitions downtown.

Live: Blue Jackets at Sabres; pregame chat at 6:30 p.m., followed by in-game updates at 7

With audio: Rolston says Tropp out 5-6 weeks with broken jaw, NHL fine for Scott-Kessel incident is 'because it was John'

By Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Sabres move on tonight with the preseason home finale against Columbus in First Niagara Center (it's the only MSG telecast of the preseason). But the talk of the dressing room after today's morning skate was still back on Sunday's chaos in Toronto and the league's decision Tuesday to fine coach Ron Rolston for "player selection and player conduct."

Before commenting on his fine, which is believed to be $10,000, Rolston announced that winger Corey Tropp suffered a broken jaw in his fight with Jamie Devane that was the precursor to the big brawl. Tropp, who also suffered a mild concussion, will be out 5-6 weeks.

Prior to the next faceoff, John Scott initiated a fight against Leafs winger Phil Kessel and a full line brawl erupted featuring goalies Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier. Rolston was clearly fined for Scott's actions and tried to be diplomatic toward league officials Wednesday.

"It's part of what they do," Rolston said. "They have to make a decision on what's best for the league. Those are things we can't control so we do what is handed down and go from there.  It's because it was John. It's just more reputation but he had played the whole game, played well and was playing a good game for us. He had an assist on the first goal. He's worked hard on his game to play hockey too. But I think obviously reputation is a big part of that."

"I was pretty surprised. I didn't expect that," Scott said. "I was a little shocked by it. ... It was strange because I was already on the ice and we had first change. I think it's foreign territory as far as player selection and coaches getting fined. "

Continue reading "With audio: Rolston says Tropp out 5-6 weeks with broken jaw, NHL fine for Scott-Kessel incident is 'because it was John'" »

Hear from Leafs' Clarkson, read more on the brawl

David Clarkson meets the media in Toronto Tuesday night.

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres' morning skate for tonight's game against Columbus begins at 10:30 so we'll hear from Ron Rolston and the players shortly before noon. According to the roster sheet, the scratches tonight are Jamie McBain, Kevin Porter, Nakita Zadorov, Brian Flynn, Luke Adam, and the injured Corey Tropp.

Click above for David Clarkson's press conference following last night's game in Toronto, where he accpeted his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench and offered his thoughts on his heart overriding his head when he saw John Scott engaging teammate Phil Kessel.

Click here for our story on the Ron Rolston fine/Phil Kessel suspension. The word out there is Rolston got banged $10,000, the same as Randy Carlyle got in his automatic fine for Clarkson leaving the bench. 

Veteran Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox, a big proponent of Rolston getting fined, got his wish Tuesday and offers his thoughts here.  In the Toronto Sun, Steve Simmons said the league got the penalties right as well.   Bucky Gleason says there are many to blame.

In non-brawl reports, click here to read my story today on Mark Pysyk, who seems a lock to make the Sabres defense. 

Rolston fined by NHL; Kessel suspended for 3 preseason games

By Mike Harrington

A couple rulings have come down from the NHL late Tuesday afternoon in the wake of Sunday's brawl in Toronto: Sabres coach Ron Rolston has been fined an undisclosed amount for "player selection and team conduct" and Leafs winger Phil Kessel has been fined for the remaining three games of the preseason for his slashes at Sabres enforcer John Scott (see Brendan Shanahan's video explanation above)

Clearly, the league is slapping a rookie head coach on the wrist for putting Scott on the ice to initiate the melee that featured goaltenders Ryan Miller and Jonathan Bernier. Fair enough on first glance.

But oops, it wasn't in the final five minutes of a game, Scott was already on the ice and had played 8 1/2 minutes to that point with the Sabres down forwards due to injury. And Leafs coach Randy Carlyle had the last change anyway. This wasn't like Lindy Ruff throwing Adam Mair, Patrick Kaleta and Andrew Peters on the ice against Ottawa's skill line in 2007 in response to Chris Drury's injury.

Sets an awfully dangerous precedent for teams. What constitutes a fine for "player selection" now?

And as for team conduct, which team had a player suspended 10 games for leaving the bench?

The Kessel suspension seems about right given Scott's initiation. It's a little surprising Kessel won't miss any regular season games but the Leafs were hit hard by David Clarkson's braincramp. Still, if you're only going to get suspended for the preseason, it's not much of a deterrent.

More from Scott and the hockey world on the big brawl

By Mike Harrington

Be sure to read today's story on the reaction to the Leafs-Sabres brawl, featuring the first public comments from Sabres tough guy John Scott. The Sabres are off today while Leafs forward David Clarkson, who got a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench, did not speak to Toronto reporters for the second straight day. Might want to get it over with, big guy.

(Clarkson can't possibly be pondering an appeal, right? On what grounds? The video is the video. It's clear as day.)

10:30 p.m. update: Clarkson spoke to reporters after the Leafs' game against Ottawa and said he will not be appealing.

One of the things that didn't make my long story was Scott's thought on the Leafs not sending out a tough guy like wannabe-enforcer Troy Bodie against him rather than Phil Kessel (Toronto brawler Colton Orr was injured and not playing).

What if it had been Bodie and not the stick-wielding Kessel?

"It would have been done with," Scott said. "There wouldn't have been any brawl, the goalies wouldn't have fought, there wouldn't be any suspensions. It would have been two tough guys fighting it out like it's supposed to be done. It would have been done a lot different."

More reactions:

---Shortly after midnight Sunday, Ryan Miller tweeted,  "Well... that escalated quickly. #oldtimehockey #eddieshore". It has been retweeted or favorited nearly 9,000 times as of noon today.

---Tweet from former Sabres agitator Matt Barnaby: "I would fight Scott and lose but... he also could not have made my bantam team."

---Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner to Senators reporters: "Their heavyweight went after their star. And then Kessel went Star Wars on him. It was pretty good entertainment."

---Leafs alum Mikhail Grabovski to the Washington Post on Kessel's act: "He looked like a musketeer."

---Former NHL tough guy Jody Shelley, now a Blue Jackets broadcaster/ambassador, to the Columbus Dispatch: "I didn't mind the brawl. What I really didn't like was the fight before it where [Jamie Devane] drove [Corey] Tropp's head into the ice. The rest was whatever. The way the first fight ended, that really bothered me."

NHL makes Clarkson's 10-game suspension official, hands five-game ban to ex-Sabre Kassian

By Mike Harrington

Some quick news Monday night from the NHL Department of Player Safety:

---David Clarkson of the Leafs has officially been handed a 10-game suspension for (foolishly) leaving the bench to join Sunday night's Sabres-Leafs scrum. That costs him more than $269,000 and keeps him out of the lineup until Toronto's 11th game, which is Oct. 25 against Columbus.

---There is no word on any penalty yet to Leafs winger Phil Kessel for his stick chops at John Scott. That one is going to require a hearing in the next day or two but Kessel did get a match penalty so should get at least one game.

---Vancouver winger Zack Kassian, the former Sabres No. 1 draft pick, has earned a five-game suspension and will also miss the final three preseason games for the reckless use of his stick. Kassian broke the jaw of Edmonton's Sam Gagner Saturday night in Rexall Place. Here's Brendan Shanahan's video explanation:

(Audio now included) Scott on the Throwdown in TO: 'I would have went after whoever they put lined up next to me'

By Mike Harrington

What should have been a routine September Monday in Sabres training camp turned into a bit of media circus this afternoon as reporters and camera crews from Toronto showed up at First Niagara Center to get the day-after thoughts about Sunday night's brawl with the Leafs in the Air Canada Centre.

The star of the show was Sabres enforcer John Scott, who was unavailable to the media Sunday. The 6-foot-8 Scott stood tall in front of his locker and calmly answered every question he got Monday, pointing out that he was not targeting Leafs star Phil Kessel. In the wake of Jamie Devane's beatdown of Corey Tropp a few seconds earlier, the Sabres were not going to be picky.

"I said, 'Phil I think we're going to have to go here, just to let you know,' " Scott said. "I would have went after who ever they put lined up next to me. I don't know what their coach had in mine. I wasn't trying to hurt him. I was just trying to send a message."

Scott and the Sabres were surprised Leafs coach Randy Carlyle -- who had the last line change -- opted for a scoring line in that situation rather than tough guy Troy Bodie. Did Scott break hockey's unwritten code that an enforcer shouldn't engage a star?

"Hey, I'd be pissed off if someone went after my star guy too," Scott said. "It's one of those things. Their coach didn't have to put Kessel out with me.

Scott said his legs are surprised from the stick swings Kessel took against him and that he was surprised by the reaction from the Leafs star.

Continue reading "(Audio now included) Scott on the Throwdown in TO: 'I would have went after whoever they put lined up next to me'" »

Day-after thoughts on the crazy tussle in Toronto

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres don't practice until 11:45 today. So that means it's going to be early this afternoon before we get any injury updates or hear from any of them with any second-day thoughts on last night's third-period festivities in Toronto that are the talk of the hockey world today.

Be sure to see John Vogl's post from last night with the complete penalty list. I'm told it was updated multiple times all the way to around 1 a.m.

Sportsnet's Chris Johnston points out that David Clarkson's likely 10-game suspension for charging off the bench is going to hurt the Leafs on the ice -- and put them in a big salary cap pickle as well. Suspended players still count against the cap, with Clarkson and Phil Kessel likely both doing some time.

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star blames Ron Rolston for the whole thing. I was not there and a key point I missed that Cox missed also was that Rolston did not send John Scott on to the ice for a pound of flesh. Scott was already out there for the fight between Corey Tropp and Jamie Devane. 

Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! has a good Q&A here about the particulars of the punch-up.

From watching the video, here are my quick thoughts:

John Scott: He was going to extract his pound of flesh. Bad optics doing it against a top Leafs guy however. Still, it's not unlike Adam Mair and Andrew Peters going after Jason Spezza and the boys from Ottawa in that infamous dustup in 2007 after Chris Drury had been KO'd. People in Toronto want Scott suspended but he did nothing to earn a ban. He instigated a fight, got penalized for it and that was that. You want to argue Scott can't play and doesn't belong in the league, that's a different argument. He should get nothing from Brendan Shanahan for this one.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle: He was one of the biggest dopes in all of this. He had the last change. After seeing Tropp in distress being taken off the ice and seeing Scott remain on, he sends out his scorers thinking it would diffuse things? How does he line up Phil Kessel -- Phil Kessel! -- next to John Scott? 

Kessel: What was he thinking? He obviously wasn't. You're not a fighter and you have a 6-8, 270-pound guy coming at you, just back away. No one will think less of you. Use your stick like Paul Bunyan and you get a match penalty and perhaps a 2-3 game suspension. And it wasn't one love-tap either. It was three. Plus a spear later on in the melee.

This GIF is making the rounds today. Pretty funny. Stick as lightsaber.


Ron Rolston: No issues. The Sabres can't be happy about seeing what happened with Tropp. He has to like the way his players were all in. Even Ryan Miller. 

David Clarkson: Here's the biggest dope. He didn't need to come off the bench. The Leafs on the ice had Scott contained. So now the biggest contract in franchise history starts with 10 games on the sidelines? That's crazy. And as Johnston wrote (link above), what do they do about money now in terms of Cody Franson or Mason Raymond? A veteran player should have known better.

Video link: Sabres-Leafs have full-scale donnybrook, including fight by Miller

By John Vogl

The hatred in the Sabres-Leafs rivalry reached another level tonight with a 12-player brawl that featured Ryan Miller fighting with Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier and Leafs forward Phil Kessel trying to chop down big John Scott with his stick after the Sabres' enforcer tried to fight him.

Here's the penalty list for the third-period chaos:

10:01 TOR J. Devane  Fighting  - 5 min against  C. Tropp
10:01 BUF C. Tropp  Fighting  - 5 min against  J. Devane
10:01 TOR A. MacWilliam  Fighting  - 5 min against  M. Zigomanis
10:01 TOR T. Bozak  Fighting  - 5 min against  C. Ruhwedel
10:01 TOR J. Bernier  Fighting  - 5 min against  R. Miller
10:01 TOR T. Brennan  Fighting  - 5 min against  D. Bagnall
10:01 BUF B. Flynn  Fighting  - 5 min against  C. Ashton
10:01 BUF M. Zigomanis  Fighting  - 5 min against  A. MacWilliam
10:01 BUF C. Ruhwedel  Fighting  - 5 min against  T. Bozak
10:01 BUF J. Scott  Fighting  - 5 min against  D. Clarkson
10:01 BUF R. Miller  Fighting  - 5 min against  J. Bernier
10:01 TOR D. Clarkson  Leaving players/penalty bench  - 10 min
10:01 BUF D. Bagnall  Fighting  - 5 min against  T. Brennan
10:01 TOR C. Ashton  Fighting  - 5 min against  D. Bagnall
10:01 BUF J. Scott served by M. Grigorenko  Instigator  - 2 min against  P. Kessel
10:01 TOR J. Bernier  Goalie leave crease  - 2 min against  R. Miller
10:01 BUF R. Miller  Goalie leave crease  - 2 min
10:01 BUF J. Scott  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 BUF J. Scott  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  P. Kessel
10:01 TOR C. Ashton  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 TOR T. Bozak  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 TOR T. Brennan  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 TOR A. MacWilliam  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 TOR J. Bernier  Game misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 BUF D. Bagnall  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 BUF M. Zigomanis  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 BUF B. Flynn  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 BUF R. Miller  Game misconduct  - 10 min against  J. Bernier
10:01 BUF C. Ruhwedel  Misconduct  - 10 min
10:01 TOR P. Kessel  Match penalty  - 10 min against  J. Scott



Sabres' Girgensons, Kaleta miss practice with hand injuries, Rolston says they'll be fine

By John Vogl

Hand injuries kept Sabres forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Patrick Kaleta off the ice today, but Sabres coach Ron Rolston doesn't expect either player to miss much time.

Girgensons was unable to take part in the shootout portion of the Sabres' 3-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.

"He's fine," Rolston said today in First Niagara Center. "There's just swelling right now."

Kaleta, who was a history of hand injuries, needed ice following a fight with Troy Bodie with two minutes left in regulation.

"He's just a little dinged up from the game, nothing major," Rolston said.

The Sabres play the Leafs again tonight, this time in Air Canada Center. Buffalo did not do any work with forward lines and defensive pairs during today's morning skate, but the lineup is as follows:

Forwards -- Cody McCormick, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, Kevin Porter, Mike Zigomanis, John Scott, Luke Adam, Brian Flynn, Corey Tropp, Joel Armia, Mikhail Grigorenko and Johan Larsson.

Defense -- Jamie McBain, Chad Ruhwedel, Tyler Myers, Brayden McNabb, Nikita Zadorov and Drew Bagnall. Rasmus Ristolainen will travel with the team but will only play if there is a late scratch.

Goaltenders -- Ryan Miller, Matt Hackett.

To hear Rolston's news conference, click the audio file below.

Sabres assign five to Rochester, release Gillies

By John Vogl

Sabres coach Ron Rolston said this morning he planned to trim the roster after this weekend's games. Buffalo got a jump on the transactions this afternoon.

The Sabres have sent Dan Catenacci, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Tim Schaller, Phil Varone and Jamie Tardif to Rochester. Tardif will join the Amerks if he clears waivers.

The Sabres have also released forward Colton Gillies from his tryout contract. The former first-round pick by Minnesota showed little in the Sabres' last preseason game.

Buffalo's roster still features 20 forwards, 12 defensemen and three goaltenders. The team must get down to a maximum of 23 players for opening night.

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