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Posted On Friday, 11.08.2013 / 1:19 PM

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

Maple Leafs' Clarkson not concerned by facing Devils

TORONTO -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson will see some familiar faces Friday when his current team faces his former one, the New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS2).

"I have a lot of friends over there and I spent a lot of time with a lot of people I'm close with, but it's another game," Clarkson said. "I'm a part of something new and I've got to move forward. But I don't know, maybe as the game gets closer maybe I'll feel a little different, but it's definitely the difference in warm-up wearing a different jersey than I'm used to."

Clarkson played seven seasons with the Devils, highlighted by a 30-goal season and trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011-12.

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Posted On Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 1:33 PM

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

Tropp returns as Sabres host Ducks

BUFFALO -- Two days after dropping a 2-0 game to the New York Rangers, the Buffalo Sabres are shaking up their lineup for their game Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Sabres placed forward Patrick Kaleta on waivers in an effort to make room for the return of forward Corey Tropp and to try to help Kaleta save his future.

"This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this League," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement to the media. "We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres."

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Posted On Monday, 10.28.2013 / 1:53 PM

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

Sabres will have Moulson in lineup against Stars

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars each have plenty of drama going on off the ice, but on it there's still a game to be played Monday night.

For the Sabres, newly acquired Matt Moulson was on the ice for the morning skate and will make his debut against the Stars.

"I think that was important that we got somebody that could come in and help us," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "When you lose Thomas [Vanek] it's good to get somebody back in the room that has that presence."

Rolston said he anticipates Moulson will take Vanek's spot on their top line with Cody Hodgson at center.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 6:20 PM

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

Maple Leafs' Bozak out with lower-body injury

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Tyler Bozak when they face the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

The Maple Leafs announced Bozak will not be in the lineup Saturday due to a lower-body injury. Bozak will be evaluated in the next day or two.

Bozak suffered his injury during a 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. He did not play the final 8:17 of the third period.


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Posted On Saturday, 10.26.2013 / 12:43 PM

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

Reimer likely in net for Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- The matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night features a pair of teams coming off bad losses on Friday.

Toronto's 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets brought out a few unlikely faces at the morning skate. Captain Dion Phaneuf, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier all took part as well as minor-league call-up Carter Ashton among others. With Ashton up, forward Josh Leivo was sent back to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Bernier's appearance likely means James Reimer will get the start against the Penguins. Bernier has earned the decision in the last four games for the Maple Leafs. In Reimer's last start, he left the game just 32 seconds into the team's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 17 after colliding with Leivo. Prior to that, he stopped 36 shots in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild.

One player who was not at the morning skate was Joffrey Lupul. Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said they've sent Lupul for a CT scan to see if he has more than a bruised foot. Lupul was hurt at practice on Thursday after taking a shot off his ankle. It is doubtful he will play Saturday against Pittsburgh.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.23.2013 / 1:47 PM

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

Bruins to give Johnson first start against Sabres

BUFFALO -- The Boston Bruins will look to extend their winning streak to three games Wednesday against the Buffalo Sabres (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2) with a new face in goal.

Veteran Chad Johnson will get the start against the Bruins, and it comes after not seeing any game action in the past 32 days.

"I think we're looking forward to seeing him win his first game. I think it's important for him, it's important for our hockey team,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "I think it's important for him to get into some game situations now. It's been a while since he last played. We need to be extremely good in front of him and help him out there."

Johnson hasn't played since Sept. 21, when he shut out the Detroit Red Wings 2-0 in a preseason game. He'll be facing a Sabres team that's struggled offensively with 12 goals in 10 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.22.2013 / 2:30 PM

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

Reunion night in Toronto as Ducks visit Maple Leafs

TORONTO -- There are plenty of familiar faces facing each other Tuesday at Air Canada Centre in Toronto with the Anaheim Ducks in town to face the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On the Maple Leafs side, coach Randy Carlyle used to coach the Ducks and forwards Joffrey Lupul and Troy Bodie used to play for Anaheim. Anaheim features former Maple Leafs defenseman Francois Beauchemin as well as a roster filled with players who used to play for Carlyle. Those involved on both sides are downplaying the reunion aspect of the game.

"We need the two points," Lupul said. "They're a team that's obviously playing at a high level right now so we're looking forward to challenging ourselves, to measuring ourselves against this team. We had Chicago the other day, we didn't play as well as we would've liked against Chicago. Now a chance with Anaheim, another one of the top teams in the West right now. It's good for us to measure ourselves to see where we stand."


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Posted On Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 1:26 PM

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

Sabres could add rookie Zadorov to lineup

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres had an optional skate Saturday so their lineup for their game Saturday against the visiting Colorado Avalanche won't be known until the teams take the ice at 7 p.m. ET.

Sabres coach Ron Rolston was able to confirm one player returning to action would be forward Zemgus Girgensons. Girgensons had missed the Sabres' game Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks after being struck in the face by a Tyler Myers shot Tuesday in New York.

"[Healing] was quick," Girgensons said. "The day after the eye was totally shut, but now it's perfect."

Forward Cody McCormick was hurt against Vancouver after taking a slap shot in the leg and will sit out Saturday. Rolston was coy about what other moves could happen, saying it's possible 2013 first-round pick defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who has been out all season with a badly cut finger, could play.

"He's ready to go at any time," Rolston said of Zadorov. "It could be [Saturday]."

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Posted On Thursday, 10.17.2013 / 12:52 PM

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

Sabres' Hodgson, Canucks' Kassian face old teams

BUFFALO -- They may be opponents from different conferences, but the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks have a lot in common.

Buffalo defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was a key member of Vancouver's Stanley Cup Final team in 2011 and forwards Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian were traded for one another at the trade deadline in 2012.

"I'm not going to go back on the trade now, it's been like over a year and a half," Hodgson said ahead of the Canucks' visit to Buffalo on Thursday. "I'm happy here, I feel great as a Buffalo Sabre and I'm happy I'm going to be here the next six years."

Kassian started the season with a suspension from a high-sticking incident in the preseason. He said coming back to Buffalo is a positive thing for him.

"It'll be good. It'll be fun," Kassian said. "I'll have a lot of friends and family here so I'm looking forward to it."

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Posted On Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 4:41 PM

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

Reimer in for Maple Leafs, van Riemsdyk questionable

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will have at least one lineup change and could be looking at another one Tuesday as they host the Minnesota Wild.

James van Riemsdyk left the morning skate early and may not be able to play.

"James van Riemsdyk is a question mark for tonight," coach Randy Carlyle said. "So we'll see how he responds to some treatment here now and later on today. We'll make a decision based upon where he's at for tonight."

If van Riemsdyk can't play, Troy Bodie or Trevor Smith could be inserted into the lineup.

James Reimer returns in goal, making his first start since Oct. 5, when he was pulled from a start against the Ottawa Senators after allowing four goals on 21 shots.

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