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Ruff Talking Big at Sabres Camp

If the Buffalo Sabres are supposed to falter and fall short of once again being a major player in the Eastern Conference, someone forgot to tell head coach Lindy Ruff..

“Our goal here is to win the Stanley Cup,” Ruff told the local media this week.  “We might as well talk about that - because I think our team, with the additions we’ve made and where we were at last year, should be able to challenge for it.”

Here is the latest from Sabres training camp:

-  Last week it was reported here that the Sabres would have no qualms about keeping eight defensemen on the roster to start the season.  This has now been confirmed by Ruff.  The Sabres would prefer not to expose Mike Weber, Andrej Sekera or Chris Butler to waivers.

-  A big question going into this season is who will take the place of Henrik Tallinder on the defense pairing with Calder Trophy winner Tyler Myers.  For right now, Ruff is going with newly acquired Shaone Morrisonn. 

-  Weber is making a run at a top six spot on the blueline.  He looks like someone who has worked hard on his skating and mobility, and he’s showing confidence in carrying the puck.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s done all of this without losing his physical edge.

-  Winger Jochen Hecht is still doing rehab on a broken finger suffered in March that kept him out of the playoffs.  Although it isn’t fully healed, it is pain free and Hecht is fully participating in training camp.

-  There are rumblings that gritty forward Zack Kassian, despite not having a professional contract, is going to get a serious look during preseason and will have a chance to make a run at a roster spot.  As much as the Sabres like the physical presence he brings to the table, what’s tilting the pendulum in Kassian’s favor is the surprising offensive flair he’s shown thus far.

-  Legendary broadcaster Rick Jeanneret, back for his 39th season with the Sabres, will get some games off again this year - and his son Mark, who is the play-by-play voice of the AHL Portland Pirates, will be filling in for two of those games.  The younger Jeanneret said this week in the Maine Hockey Journal that he has not been approached about taking over when his father retires.

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  Tags: andrej+sekera, chris+butler, jochen+hecht, lindy+ruff, mike+weber, zack+kassian


Moq's avatar

The Sabres are certainly good enough to reach the playoffs without too much difficulty. My concern would be breadth of scoring with apparently limited contribution from defence when the going gets tough. But when you make it to the playoffs there’s always a chance of advancing to the final if everything falls into place.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 09/23/10 at 08:57 AM ET

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