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from Sabres Edge,
Darcy Regier is going to meet with the media in the second intermission and announce that Teppo Numminen is rejoining the team at tomorrow’s practice
From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,
Teppo Numminen made a rare appearance at HSBC Arena today, fueling speculation the defenseman could return to the Buffalo Sabres before the season ends.
The 39-year-old Numminen had stayed away from the arena since having a bursa sac procedure on his ankle early last month. He arrived at the rink with his equipment and was scheduled to skate this afternoon.
“I hadn’t seen him at the rink for quite some time,” coach Lindy Ruff said. “He had the procedure on his ankle, and that looks a lot better.”
*Also, more on the Sabres with a look at three up and coming college prospects
Update 2:42pm ET: More on Numminen’s health and history from the AP via the Globe& Mail
From John Vogl at The Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres’ coach could face his toughest decision of the season Wednesday when his suddenly impressive team returns to the ice to face Tampa Bay. The Sabres have won two in a row and, at times, looked dominating doing it. All four forward lines were solid, with a player from each scoring Saturday during a 6-2 victory over Toronto.
But once again, Connolly could become a factor. The oft-injured center might be healthy enough to play against the Lightning. He sat out the three games last week, and the team has three days between games this week. That might be enough time for Connolly’s sore hip to get enough rest.
So, what’s a coach to do? Does he stick with the same lineup, reward the 12 forwards who spent the weekend playing well? Or does he risk disruption by inserting Connolly, one of his finest all-around players and a guy who can make a difference when healthy?
more... with Sabres one point out of 8th in the East
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Nathan Paetsch is out indefinitely with a concussion, leaving the Buffalo Sabres’ depleted defence down a third player in the midst of their final playoff push.
Paetsch will miss “a pretty good period of time,” Coach Lindy Ruff said Thursday, a day after the player was leveled by a vicious elbow from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque during Buffalo’s 7-3 loss
from the Buffalo News,
The Sabres remain ninth in the East, four points behind Philadelphia after the Flyers lost to Toronto for the second straight night. The Leafs, Washington and Florida all have crept within one point of the Sabres after winning their games Wednesday.
On top of losing a chance to gain ground, the Sabres lost another defenseman. Nathan Paetsch joined Dmitri Kalinin and Jaroslav Spacek on the out-for- weeks list when he suffered a concussion after taking a fierce elbow to the chin from Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque with 17:26 left in the second period. Paetsch was out cold on the ice before getting up and wobbling off.
“It was a cheap shot,” said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. “ . . . I think that’s an easy suspension.”
more on the Sabres…
TORONTO (March 12, 2008) - Buffalo Sabres’ forward Andrew Peters has been suspended for one game, without pay, for an altercation involving New York Rangers player Colton Orr in NHL game #1045 on March 10, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period. While on the players’ bench, Peters became involved in a confrontation with Orr on the ice. Peters was assessed a 10-minute misconduct on the play.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Peters will forfeit $2,807.49. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Peters will miss tonight’s game at Pittsburgh.
Update 10:45am ET: Video here shows the incident in question, just over one minute into the footage.
From the CP via TSN,
Jaroslav Spacek could miss the rest of the regular season and Dmitri Kalinin will be out for weeks, leaving the Buffalo Sabres without two veteran defencemen for their final playoff push.
Spacek has a chest injury and will require more tests to determine when he could return, but coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday, “It’s going to be a good period of time.”
As for Kalinin, Ruff said the player will miss up to two weeks with a shoulder injury.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
In an interview with CBC’s Elliotte Friedman on the weekend, Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano was roughed up by the sharp reporter on several fronts, but most illuminating was Golisano’s claims the Sabres may not make money this year. To which my heartfelt response is:
from the Buffalo News,
The ninth-place Sabres are three points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff position with less than a month remaining. The standings are tight from sixth through 11th, and the Sabres’ conclusion might be the most unenviable of all.
The Sabres’ remaining opponents entered Thursday’s games with a record of 270-208-61, which means they picked up points in 61.4 percent of their games — the highest for the six teams fighting for three playoff spots. Boston’s opponents were next at 61.1, followed by the New York Islanders (60.8), New York Rangers (59.9), Philadelphia (59.7) and Washington (59.1).
via Sabres Edge,
Asked how the Sabres would defend Ovechkin, coach Lindy Ruff couldn’t resist cracking off a couple one-liners and getting another shot in at the whiners in Philadelphia griping about Derek Roy’s goal last night.
“We’re going to put three guys on [Ovechkin],” Ruff said. “Then we’re going to watch [Alexander] Semin and then we’re going to watch [Mike] Green on defense. So obviously we’re going to have too many men on the ice again.”
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