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Maple Leafs make a trade, Sabres expected to keep lineup intact

By John Vogl

Toronto is making a change for tonight's rematch with the Sabres. It doesn't look like Buffalo will.

The Maple Leafs, who are without their top three centers because of injuries and suspensions, swung a deal with Anaheim to acquire center Peter Holland. The Ducks' first-round pick in 2009 is going to make his Toronto debut tonight when the Sabres visit Air Canada Centre.

Holland had five goals and nine points in 10 games with the Ducks' minor-league club, and he scored once in four games with Anaheim. James Reimer will start in goal.

The Sabres held an optional morning skate, and based on the attendance it appears the lineup will stay the same as it did during Friday's 3-1 victory over the Leafs. Mikhail Grigorenko, Johan Larsson and Nikita Zadorov skated, as did injured defenseman Mike Weber and backup goalie Jhonas Enroth.

Zadorov is likely going back to London after Sabres newcomers Ted Nolan and Pat LaFontaine get through these two games and take a breath to look at the roster.

"The big picture is how are we going to develop this kid,” Nolan said. “We put 18 year-olds against 26-year-olds. It’s kind of unfair unless you’re Sidney Crosby or something like that. We’ll monitor. We’ll talk about it and hopefully make the best decision for what’s best for him.”


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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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