By Mike Harrington
It was total game mode for the Sabres today in First Niagara Center as they practiced for about an hour, with plenty of work on the power play, in advance of tomorrow's return to the NHL schedule and a visit by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Sabres continued to practice today with fill-in goalies, and interim coach Ted Nolan said his regular tandem of Ryan Miller & Jhonas Enroth, along with defenseman Henrik Tallinder were expected back in Buffalo early this afternoon.
Nolan reiterated his plan is to start Miller tomorrow and not call up a goaltender from Rochester. He said he also did not expect any other callups from the Amerks for now.
It will be interesting to see how Miller reacts to the time-zone adjustment from Russia. Someone like Tallinder would only see 15-20 minutes of ice time, compared to a goalie who is on the ice the entire game.
"That will be like playing at 4 a.m. for him maybe," Nolan said of Miller. "It will be a different challenge but hopefully he has some sleep and will be somewhat awake at some point."
"Having done a couple of those overseas trips, it's never a good feeling right when you get back," said defenseman Tyler Myers. "We're going to have to help Millsie out as much as we can."
Steve Ott and Matt Moulson were both swarmed by reporters inquiring about the trade deadline, including a crew from TSN in Toronto. Neither offered anything new on their status. They haven't heard about a trade or discussed any contract extensions with the team. Moulson said he has talked to Pat LaFontaine, the team's president of hockey operations, and it's known Ott has as well.
The most unusual thing about practice came late in the session, when John Scott suddenly let out a loud bellow, broke his stick on the ice, through it against the boards and headed for the dressing room. There was some thought there was an injury involved but Nolan said afterward he actually threw Scott, who was filling in on defense, out of practice.
"He just fumbled the puck a few times in practice and I didn't like it," Nolan said. "In order for us to get better here, we have to practice better. He just had one of those moments I didn't like so I sent him off."
Click below to hear Nolan's complete session with the media, including his thoughts on the impact of the trade deadline.