By John Vogl
The Sabres sent Adam Pardy to the minors at the start of the year after designating him as their ninth-best defenseman. He'll be in the top four Saturday when Buffalo hosts Philadelphia.
Trades and injuries, including today's announcement that Tyler Myers is done for the year after breaking a bone in his leg, have decimated a defense that was once considered a team strong point.
Only two of the six players who started on opening day are still available to play, Christian Ehrhoff and Andrej Sekera. Myers and Alexander Sulzer are out with injuries, and the team traded Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr. Mike Weber, a season-opening scratch, remains, while T.J. Brennan, who also started the season in the press box, was dealt to Florida for a fifth-round pick.
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February 5, 2013 - 1:20 PM
By John Vogl
OTTAWA – Jhonas Enroth is getting another chance to do something he hasn’t done in 15 months: win.
The Sabres’ backup goaltender will get the start tonight in Ottawa against the Senators. Enroth is 0-1 this season and hasn’t won since Nov. 26, 2011. He finished last year on an 0-9-2 skid and suffered a 6-3 loss in Carolina in his only start this year.
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February 4, 2013 - 6:45 PM
Adam Pardy is expected to make his Sabres debut Tuesday in Ottawa. (Harry Scull/Buffalo News)
By John Vogl
OTTAWA -- Adam Pardy, who has played 183 NHL games, hoped to start the season with the Sabres. There wasn't room then, but there is now.
With Buffalo's defense corps ailing and struggling, the Sabres have recalled Pardy from Rochester. He had a goal, three points and plus-3 rating in five games with the Amerks.
The 6-foot-4, 226-pounder likely will play Tuesday when the Sabres visit the Ottawa Senators. It's unclear who will come out of the lineup.
Pardy will provide reinforcement for a blue line that is missing Robyn Regehr and Andrej Sekera. There's a chance Christian Ehrhoff is also banged up. Coach Lindy Ruff said two of the five players who skipped the optional practice today in Buffalo -- Jason Pominville, Cody Hodgson, Steve Ott, Jochen Hecht and Ehrhoff-- are doubtful for Tuesday.
Ehrhoff, though, played the entire game Sunday against Florida, including the last shift of the game.
The Sabres have given up 33 goals in their nine games, so they could use defensive help.