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Sabres will give D'Agostini a chance to rediscover scoring touch

By John Vogl

The Sabres can't score. They're last in the league by a large margin at only 1.62 goals per game, and they've found the net just once in each of the last four outings.

Matt D'Agostini has struggled since scoring 21 times in 2010-11. He'll be given an opportunity to boost the fortunes of himself and the Sabres.

"When you get a goal scorer, you’ve got to put him in position to score some goals," said coach Ted Nolan, who will use D'Agostini alongside captain Steve Ott and center Ville Leino. "Hopefully, that will help."

Since his career year with St. Louis, D'Agostini has 12 goals in 92 games with the Blues, Devils and Penguins. Buffalo claimed him off waivers from the Penguins on Wednesday.

"It’s just another opportunity to come in and try to prove myself and prove that I can be a good NHL player every day," D'Agostini said today after joining his new team for an optional holiday practice. "The last couple years have been struggles, obviously, to find my game and stuff like that. ... I’m hoping to get a fresh start here and rebuild myself as a player."

D'Agostini's career year came when he got a prominent role on a non-playoff team, so he and the Sabres hope it happens again.

"That was a time I got my minutes and got some goals under my belt and got some confidence," D'Agostini said. "I’m hoping to get back to those ways."

To hear more from D'Agostini, click the audio file below.


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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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