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Everything’s Right In Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

One of the many reasons the Sabres are 3-0 with only three goals allowed is the improved play of their defense. The blue-liners have dramatically reduced their mistakes from last season, a trend they hope continues tonight when Vancouver visits HSBC Arena.

Numminen and Rivet have become indispensable parts of that corps, but not just for the obvious reasons. Sure, they provide leadership, poise and grit. But they have something else the Sabres lacked: right-handed shots on the blue line.

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Hecht Out Due To Finger Injury

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

The Sabres have just announced that Jochen Hecht had finger surgery today in Buffalo. No diagnosis, no information on which finger but the team says Hecht will be out a couple of weeks. So Hecht joins Paul Gaustad and Tim Connolly on the sidelines.

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More Health Issues For Connolly

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Even though he had practiced all week, Tim Connolly’s sore back is now a major issue for the Buffalo Sabres because it’s more than just lingering stiffness.

Connolly was a surprising scratch from Friday’s season opener and Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after the game that his center has a hairline fracture in a vertebrae.

“He was trying to get through it in practice all week,” Ruff said. “We felt he could get through it, the doctors felt he could get through it but he couldn’t. It just got too painful.”

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Miller Happy In Buffalo

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

(Ryan) Miller looked around and realized everything he wanted in his career was right here. He was the No. 1 goalie for a team that had a taste of success and was starving for it again. He had built a network of friends, people he trusted away from hockey. He had earned his place within the community and was guaranteed to make a good buck.

Mostly, though, he saw the core of teammates with whom he had built a strong bond, a group that had blossomed and helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals two straight years, blood brothers who wanted to stay together. He wasn’t looking to leave Buffalo for Detroit. He wanted to find the Red Wings’ success with the Sabres.

“It didn’t really click for them until they became a cohesive unit,” Miller said.

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Captain Rivet

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

In a surprising choice, defenseman Craig Rivet was named captain of the Buffalo Sabres today, coach Lindy Ruff announced after practice in HSBC Arena.

“I’m obviously a little bit surprised,” Rivet said. “I’m new to the team and organization but .‚.‚. this means a lot to me today. Maybe I’ve been through a little more than most guys. It’s a credit to myself that I’ve persevered through a lot throughout my career. This is a great day. I’m happy to be part of a real strong unit of leadership on this team.”

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Are Buffalo Fans Still In The Game

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

In places such as Chicago, Anaheim, Atlanta, Columbus, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington (and all of Canada, of course) there is a belief among our correspondents that excitement is high in the markets they cover, never mind this is prime time for MLB playoffs, the NFL season is in full swing and the global economy is in a free-fall.

However, a couple lines in one of the stories triggered alarm bells for me. Call it my DEW (Distant Early Warning) sensor going off, but I have a modicum of concern for a team in hockey’s heartland: the Buffalo Sabres.

“Buffalo just doesn’t seem as psycho about the Sabres,” writes our contributor John Vogl.

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Gaustad Out 3-4 Weeks With Thumb Injury

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that forward Paul Gaustad had a torn ligament in his right thumb surgically repaired today. He is expected to be out a minimum of 3-4 weeks.

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Afinogenov Healthy & Ready To Play - Anywhere

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

There are several ways to look at Maxim Afinogenov’s reappearance on the top scoring line. It could be because the Buffalo Sabres want to showcase him for other teams. It could be because they want to boost his confidence after a terrible season. And maybe, just maybe, he’s there because they feel that’s where he belongs….

The Sabres need his help if they want to return to the playoffs. Afinogenov’s play nose-dived last season. Formerly a point-per-game star, he had just 10 goals and 18 assists in 56 games with a team-worst minus-16 rating….

“I haven’t lost any confidence because I’m healthy right now, which is the most important thing,” Afinogenov said. “When I was injured, I couldn’t even practice, I can’t be in shape. When I was on the ice, I was out of shape. Right now, I worked hard in the summer and prepared for the season, and I’m ready to go.”

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Sabres Extend Regier

via WHAM,

The General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres, Darcy Regier has signed a two-year contract extension. The announcement was made Saturday at HSBC Arena by manager partner Larry Quinn and team owner Tom Golisano.

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Numminen Glad To Be Back

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Numminen went through the physical process again Friday in HSBC Arena. This time, he didn’t skip a beat.

“It’s special to be back. It’s an exciting day,” Numminen said. “I’ve been waiting for this. I feel good. I feel strong. I feel comfortable. I feel healthy. I feel normal. So everything’s going well.”

The defenseman had no problems with either the physical or the rigorous on-ice testing he and the Sabres underwent on the opening day of training camp. He knew he’d be fine. He recently visited his doctors at the Cleveland Clinic and passed their tests, too.

Next up is proving that a 40-year-old can return to the NHL after nearly a full year away.

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