BUFFALO, N.Y. - The banged-up Buffalo Sabres are healthy enough to afford returning three players to the minors.
Forwards Paul Szczechura and Corey Tropp, and defenceman T.J. Brennan were re-assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday. The moves come as the Sabres had several injured regulars back on the ice for practice.
Forward Tyler Ennis is also considered close to returning after missing 16 games with an ankle injury.
The Sabres are 3-3-1 in their past seven and were minus nine regulars — including goalie Ryan Miller (concussion) — in a 5-1 win over Washington on Saturday. Buffalo hosts the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
We were thinking about Rich back home, but I thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. We're still in a big playoff push and we found a way to get two points. It's not easy. It hit our guys pretty good [Monday] night. We did a great job as a group.
— Dallas captain Jamie Benn on the Stars' OT victory against the St. Louis Blues the night after Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench