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by Kevin Snow / Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled goaltender Matt Hackett and forward Matt Ellis from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Both players were on the ice at HARBORCENTER for Monday's practice, and will travel with the team for a four-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Calgary (9 p.m. ET, MSG/Bell; WGR 550).

Hackett's recall was necessitated by an injury to goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

“Michal sustained a lower-body injury while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “He will not join the team for our trip out west this week.”

Hackett (6’2”, 171 lbs., 3/7/90), who began the season on injured reserve with the Sabres, returns to Buffalo after joining the Americans before the AHL All-Star break in January for his first three starts of the season, going 1-2-0 with a 3.10 GAA and .886 save%. Hackett earned his first win of the season with a 21-save performance in a 3-2 victory over Adirondack on Friday.

The London, Ontario native appeared in eight games for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season, including a 35-save outing in his Sabres debut, a 3-1 win at Edmonton. Hackett has appeared in 21 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Sabres and Minnesota Wild, compiling a 4-13-0-1 record, .912 save% and 2.82 GAA.

Hackett was drafted by Minnesota in the third round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and acquired by the Sabres on April 3, 2013.


Ellis (6’0”, 208 lbs., 8/31/81) will join the Sabres for his second recall of the 2014-15 season after appearing in four NHL games leading up to the All-Star break. In parts of nine NHL seasons with the Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings, Ellis has appeared in 321 games and recorded 47 points (20+27).

Serving as an alternate captain for the Amerks this season, Ellis has seven goals and six assists in 38 games played.

26 Matt Moulson – 63 Tyler Ennis (Zemgus Girgensons did not practice)
65 Brian Flynn – 17 Torrey Mitchell – 12 Brian Gionta
80 Chris Stewart – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
44 Nicolas Deslauriers – 37 Matt Ellis – 36 Patrick Kaleta

4 Josh Gorges, 6 Mike Weber, 24 Tyson Strachan, 57 Tyler Myers,
41 Andrej Meszaros, 55 Rasmus Ristolainen, 61 Andre Benoit

1 Jhonas Enroth
31 Matt Hackett

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