Three Players Return To Sabres Practice

'Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy and Jaroslav Spacek returned to the ice at the Sabres practice this morning at HSBC Arena.'

Buffalo takes focus off streak

'For Paetsch, playing Saturday was a nice change to watching the games from the bench, though he skated in warmups for every previous game. "It sucks the way it happened because Henrik is one of the best defencemen out there," said Paetsch, who will likely be a regular starter now that Tallinder is out with a broken arm. "To go in under that situation is difficult, but I was happy to get back on the ice because I love to play hockey."'

A lonely bench

‘Buffalo has exactly 18 skaters available each night. Add to the fact that several Sabres are nursing minor injuries, and Buffalo may be forced to make a roster move before Thursday’s game at Boston.’

Tuesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks hit the road for two games in New England (Amerks.com)

Pelletier’s patience pays off (Amerks.com)

Amerks attend Marrow Donor registry drive (Amerks.com)

The feeling’s mutual

‘Goaltender Ryan Miller talked about the change since the team’s springtime run to the Eastern Conference Final. He says that he is recognized around town because he’s the only “skinny guy with long hair” on the team and easy to spot. But self-effacing commentary aside, Miller was very thoughtful and insightful when commenting on the buzz in the community. He welcomes all of the trappings because he feels an increased sense of passing the game on to another generation…

Several Players Miss Bills, Sabres Practices

'Defenseman Henrik Tallinder will miss 1-2 months with a broken arm, and had a plate inserted in his forearm to protect against the injury re-occuring. The surgery was successful.'

Sabres dealing with defeat for a change

'The Buffalo Sabres can put their early-season unbeaten fairy tale behind them now. Instead of worrying about setting records and such, the club can focus on winning enough games to put them in the best position come spring.'

Amerks Paille is on the Cusp

“Don’t be fooled. On a Rochester team that started 7-0 and that features some of the best young prospects in hockey, Paille deserves to raise his hand in a “don’t forget about me as an up-and-comer” gesture.”

A peak experience

'With three shootouts, one shutout and five one-goal games, the Buffalo Sabres gave fans a thrill ride with record-tying 10 straight wins to open season.'

Sabres' magic falls a bit short

'"Hey, we got 21 of a possible 22 points in October," stressed Jason Pominville, who had one of Sabres' four come-from-behind goals and two assists. That's a bit like George W. Bush's victory speech a few months into the Iraq war.'

Buffalo, lovin' the slug?

'Sabres jerseys are the No. 1 seller on nhl.com since Sept. 23.'

Lack of defensive depth puts Sabres on thin ice

‘But if the Sabres suffer another injury on defense, they have only three rookies to choose from in Rochester (Mike Funk, Mike Card and injured Andrej Sekera). Amerks captain Brandon Smith is their property, but they have never considered him to be a player on their NHL roster. “Ideally you’d like 12 defensemen who could all play in the NHL,” general manager Darcy Regier said…”But you make decisions based on how much room you have in the minors, and in our case there’s not a lot of room, and on the salary cap.”‘

The answer to Anson

‘”Scotty Arniel, the coach in Manitoba, had him in Buffalo the last few years and he told us Taylor could go anywhere from being on the top line to the fourth line,” Vigneault explained. “He had the potential to be a top-line player but, for whatever reason, it didn’t come out in Buffalo. Scotty told us he had great size but that he didn’t always use it.”‘

Pyatt, twins on the money

‘”He had the potential to be a top-line player but in Buffalo that didn’t come out on a regular basis,” said Vigneault. “He’s been one of our positive upsides.”‘

Monday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks want their revenge (Rochester D&C)

Lack of defensive depth puts Sabres on thin ice (Rochester D&C)

Crunch still upbeat after shootout loss (Syracuse Post Standard)

Rochester 2, Syracuse 1, SO (AP)

Amerks Avenge Loss (RNews.com)

Amerks beat Crunch in Shootout (Amerks.com)

Amerks help to raise awareness for Marrow Donor program (Amerks.com)

Crunch Cap Off Five Point Weekend with Shootout Loss (SyracuseCrunch.com)