By Miguel Rodriguez
The Sabres practiced for about an hour this morning and coach Ron Rolston was pleased with the energy he saw during the workout.
The biggest news to come out of practice today, besides the embattled Rolston's taking the ice to lead the session, were:
-- Corey Tropp is still a ways away from returning, according to Rolston, although Tropp said he felt he was close. Tropp also said that the timetable for his return is between him and team physicians.
-- Rasmus Ristolainen was officially recalled from the Amerks (he never really left after being demoted Saturday to make room for fellow rookie Nikita Zadorov). That means the Sabres are currently over the 23-man roster limit. Rolston said someone would likely be placed on IR to make room although he didn't offer specifics.
-- Which brings us to Christian Ehrhoff. He sat out practice with what he and Rolston termed as a maintenance day. John Scott worked out with the defensemen in practice but that was just because of numbers (Scott on the blue line gave Sabres eight defensemen for practice as he skated with Ristolainen).
-- Cody McCormick returned and practiced fully after missing Friday's workout and Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. He took a shot off the knee during Thursday's loss to Vancouver and had trouble bending his knee after that game.
-- Ville Leino also skated and hopes to be game ready by the end of the week.
-- Goalie Jhonas Enroth took a shot in a non-protected area near his right wrist/lower right arm and had an ice bag on it after practice but said he's fine.
-- And, TSN reports winger Patrick Kaleta will have his appeal of his 10-game suspension heard this afternoon at 2 in New York City with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
Here are today''s interviews with Rolston, Tropp and Ehrhoff.