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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 6:55 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Vanek, with Canadiens, back in Buffalo

BUFFALO -- Montreal Canadiens forward Thomas Vanek made his return here Saturday, while a member of his third team this season.

Vanek was traded by the Buffalo Sabres on Oct. 27 to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson, a first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in 2015.

Making his first trip back to the city he called home for more than eight seasons was a bit strange.

"I don't know what to expect really," Vanek said. "All I know is there are a lot of good feelings and good memories in this building (First Niagara Center), in this town. It's something I'll cherish forever. Since last time I was here and the stint in between Montreal, guys ask me about Buffalo, I just, there's nothing bad I can really say about it."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 5:32 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres' Neuvirth out with lower-body injury

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will be without goalie Michal Neuvirth when they face the Montreal Canadiens at First Niagara Center on Sunday night.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan announced Neuvirth would miss the game due to a lower-body injury. Neuvirth sustained the injury in his most-recent start, against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. He made 51 saves in a 4-2 loss.

"Michal got banged up the game he did play," Nolan said. "It's just one of those to add another to the injury list. It should be, hopefully, a day-to-day type thing. We'll see how it goes. We'll monitor it and get some therapy on it and hopefully it's just a day-to-day."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.16.2014 / 1:14 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Price out for Canadiens, Sabres goalie uncertain

BUFFALO – The Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens could each be without their starting goalies when they face off Sunday night.

The Canadiens will be without starter Carey Price after he made his first start since returning from the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.

Montreal came back from down 4-1 in the final 5:00 of the game to beat Ottawa 5-4 in overtime. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien announced after the game that Price wouldn't make the trip to Buffalo so he could stay rested.

With Price not on the trip, Peter Budaj will likely get the start against the Sabres and Dustin Tokarski will back him up.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 12:51 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Sabres' Myers feels good; Stewart's season likely over

BUFFALO -- Defenseman Tyler Myers will be ready to play when the Buffalo Sabres host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

Myers twisted his ankle late in the second period Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks in a board battle with forward Brandon Bollig. Though Myers went off the ice at the time and returned to play in the third period, he missed practice Monday.

"I'll be ready to go [Tuesday], no problem," Myers said. "I got tangled up with the heel of the guy in front of me. It ended up giving me a little bit of a twist. Luckily it wasn't serious and I'm feeling real good today."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.09.2014 / 2:13 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Conacher to debut for Sabres against Blackhawks

BUFFALO – Cory Conacher will make his Buffalo Sabres debut when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

Conacher was picked up on waivers Wednesday from the Ottawa Senators, but hasn't been able to play due to visa issues. With those problems taken care of, Conacher, who played hockey at Canisius College in Buffalo, will make his first start with the Sabres at home.

"It's nice to be back here," Conacher said. "Ever since I came here with Canisius, it was a city I fell in love with pretty quick. It's close to home for me, so I probably have a lot of tickets to account in some of these games."

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 1:35 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Maple Leafs' Clarkson could miss game against Flyers

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs may be without forward David Clarkson when they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.

Clarkson left the optional morning skate early with a pulled muscle and is questionable to play Saturday, according to Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

"We have the ability to recall people, we have the ability to go with 11 [forwards] and seven [defensemen]," Carlyle said about what he might do if Clarkson can't play. "So there are some options. It's always tough when you're missing quality players, and nobody wants to do that. But in the situation, if the player is not deemed healthy by our medical staff and himself, then we have no other choice than to make decisions."

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POSTED ON Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:58 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Blue Jackets' Umberger game-time decision

TORONTO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets could be without forward RJ Umberger when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday night.

Umberger left the ice early during the morning skate, putting his status in doubt to play.

"He'll be a game-time decision, but we're expecting him to play," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.

Umberger, 31, has been a steady producer for the Blue Jackets this season with 16 goals and 31 points in 60 games. He's slated to be on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson. If he winds up out of the lineup, Corey Tropp or Blake Comeau would jump into the lineup.

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.28.2014 / 1:00 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Niemi back in net when Sharks face Sabres

BUFFALO -- After the San Jose Sharks disposed of the Philadelphia Flyers 7-3 in Philadelphia on Thursday, No. 1 goalie Antti Niemi will make his first start since returning from the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Friday against the Buffalo Sabres.

"I feel good," Niemi said. "Rested, but still I was skating, short skates every day. I did some work, but it wasn't long practice, lots of games every day. I think it's good for my body and also for my mind. My mind got to rest, and other than that it was great experience being there."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 1:18 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Ennis day-to-day for Sabres, won't play vs. Bruins

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres will be shorthanded when they host the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on Wednesday.

Coach Ted Nolan announced center Tyler Ennis will be out of the lineup with general body soreness.

"He's day-to-day, so he won't be in the lineup tonight," Nolan said. "Hopefully it's nothing too serious, just a day-to-day thing, so we'll be good."

Ville Leino will take Ennis' spot on the top line between Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford, and there's a possibility forward Zenon Konopka could re-enter the lineup. Konopka had surgery on his left pinky finger during the Olympic break and was held out of the game Tuesday aganst the Carolina Hurricanes as a precaution.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 8:12 PM

By Joe Yerdon -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2014 Trade Deadline blog

Sabres GM: We're open for business

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres are open for business as the NHL Trade Deadline approaches, but general manager Tim Murray said Tuesday there's not a lot of activity yet.

"Very quiet. Quieter than I guess maybe was expecting," Murray said before the start of the Sabres' game against the Carolina Hurricanes at First Niagara Center. "I thought that when everybody was back from [the] Sochi [Olympics] that there'd be a lot of calls, but I guess some guys got back yesterday and maybe they're still jetlagged. We've got a couple playing tonight so I'll give it a couple more days I guess."

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on March 5. The Sabres, last in the overall NHL standings, have nine players in the final year of their contracts who can be unrestricted free agents this summer. Of those nine, goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott figure to draw the most attention from contending teams.


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I was in there icing my face as she was trying to push a baby out.

— Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf on going to the hospital with a facial laceration while his wife was in labor following Game 1 on Wednesday