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Former Sabres defenseman Brennan on the move again

By John Vogl

T.J. Brennan is joining his third organization in three months.

Brennan, the Sabres' top pick in the 2007 draft, has been dealt from Florida to Nashville for forward Bobby Butler. Buffalo sent Brennan to Florida in March for a fifth-round selection in this year's draft.

Brennan totaled three goals and 10 points in 29 games this season, including two goals and seven assists in 19 games with the Panthers.

Butler has 20 goals and 48 points in 128 NHL games with Ottawa, New Jersey and Nashville.

Brennan to skate for Panthers against Sabres' 'Blitzkrieg'

By Mike Harrington

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Sabres have a long bus ride back to Fort Lauderdale so they had a quick pregame skate and exited BB&T Center without giving too many clues to tonight's lineup.

"We're confusing people right now," said a smirking interim coach Ron Rolston. "We came in, it was Blitzkrieg. We came in, quick pregame, so you have to wait for the lineup there."

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Sabres' new coach Ron Rolston sends early message: No shortcuts allowed

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Ron Rolston draws drills along the boards as the Sabres gathered for their first practice under the new coach today.

 

By John Vogl

 TORONTO -- Ron Rolston has been coach of the Sabres for less than 24 hours, but he's seen the team play and watched video. He knows the early struggles can't solely be pinned on fired coach Lindy Ruff.

"From what I saw, it was more of just a lot of shortcuts, a lot of shortcuts, a lot of rest in shifts, the things that you just have to eliminate if you’re going to be a good hockey team," Rolston said in Air Canada Centre today after running his first on-ice session as Buffalo's bench boss. "Most importantly, it’s just getting back to that. It’s getting back to work and getting back to eliminating shortcuts from your game because there’s not a whole lot of time."

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Power play's mandate: Take advantage of Jets' weak PK unit

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T.J. Brennan gets another chance tonight. (Getty Images)

 

By Mike Harrington

This is a night the Sabres' power play needs to fatten up its stats. The Winnipeg Jets come into First Niagara Center tonight dead last in the NHL in penalty killing at a pathetic 65.9 percent (no other team is below 72.9).

Of course, the Sabres are hardly world-beaters with the man-advantage, scoring at a 13.6 percent clip that's just 26th in the NHL. And they're just 2 for 34 in the last nine games. Yikes.

So defenseman T.J. Brennan, a power-play specialist, is back in the lineup and Marcus Foligno will return to do the dirty work with a No. 1 unit that will now consist of Foligno-Tyler Ennis-Thomas Vanek up front with Brennan and Jason Pominville at the points.

Brennan has no points in five games this year and has been a healthy scratch for the last four. He had three four shots on goal in the Feb. 5 loss at Ottawa, three in the Feb. 7 shootout win over Montreal and none two nights later on Long Island, where he missed some chances. He hasn't played since.

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Sabres mix up lines, defense pairs and power-play units at morning skate

By John Vogl

The Sabres could have a very different look on the ice tonight when they host Winnipeg.

Based on the morning skate in First Niagara Center, it appears T.J. Brennan may replace Jordan Leopold on the blue line and Drew Stafford will play on the fourth line.

The lines:

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John Vogl

John Vogl

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.

@BuffNewsVogl | [email protected]

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | [email protected]


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | [email protected]

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