Sabres swing 4 deals — acquire Zubrus — to prepare for playoff run

‘Now it’s a question of how quickly the Eastern Conference-leading Sabres — currently down seven regulars — can get healthy. “Time will tell,” Regier said. “As much as we did here, a big telltale is how quickly we can get the injured players back and get them back in rhythm.”‘

Hecht leads depleted Buffalo lineup in 6-1 drubbing of Maple Leafs

‘”These guys from the Rochester (AHL) are playing a lot of minutes and they’re playing really good for us,” Hecht said. They play physical and they also do whatever you want them to do.”‘

Buffalo 6, Toronto 1

‘The scoring heated up in the second, with the Sabres tallying three times to go up 4-1.’

Sabres Dominant In 6-1 Win Over Leafs

‘Jochen Hecht scored twice and added an assist while Clarke MacArthur pitched in for a goal and two assists to lead a depleated Sabres lineup to a dominant 6-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday night. Buffalo was without both of their captains as Daniel Briere missed the game because of the flu.’

Winning with a Short Bench

‘”I don’t think there are too many teams that can pull off something like that,” said goaltender Ty Conklin about playing with all of the injuries and problems that the team has dealt with. Conklin was traded for earlier in the day and served as Ryan Miller’s backup. Martin Biron was traded to Philadelphia in a separate deal. “To have so many guys out and yet see that many guys step up.”‘

Game # 63: Sabres 6, Maple Leafs 1

‘Although the game began on an ominous note with the Sabres hemmed in their own end, their opportunistic scoring and clutch goaltending eventually led to another two points being tacked onto Buffalo’s league-leading standing, thanks to a total team effort in which 12 of 17 skaters registered at least one point.’

Captain-less Sabres cruise to win over Leafs

‘”It’s unbelievable. Who would have thought that with that many guys out right now that we got that many goals,” Hecht said. “We got great depth in our system and we see it now.”‘

Wednesday’s Toronto Coverage

Razor’s edge is dull (Toronto Sun)

Perreault returns for third tour (Toronto Sun)

Wellwood ahead of schedule (Toronto Sun)

Boo-birds serenade Leafs (Toronto Star)

Leafs bring back faceoff specialist (Toronto Star)

Rating the Leafs-Coyotes deal (Toronto Star)

Ferguson risks his job on callow youth (Toronto Star)

Leaf fans give McCabe the Aki treatment (Toronto Star)

Leafs leave their fans in an angry mood (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Ferguson left seething (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Maple Leafs can’t shake home-ice jinx (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Leafs left standing still (National Post)

Tucker staying, Perreault returning (National Post)

Ferguson fond of team’s future core (National Post)

Photo gallery (MapleLeafs.com)

Wednesday’s Nashville Coverage

Predators deal, acquire draft pick (Nashville Tennessean)

Sharks make moves to counter Preds (Nashville City Paper)

Preds acquire fourth-round pick from Buffalo (NashvillePredators.com)

Wednesday’s Washington Coverage

Capitals trade Zubrus, Howard (Washington Post)

Capitals trade Zubrus, Howard (Washington Times)

Capitals Acquire First-Round Pick, Jiri Novotny from Buffalo (WashingtonCaps.com)

Wednesday’s Philadelphia Coverage

Flyers upgrade in goal (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Biron in; Esche on the outs (Philadelphia Daily News)

Biron joins Flyers (Bucks County Courier Times)

Biron makes it a three-goalie rotation (Delaware County Times)

Flyers acquire goalie Biron (Cherry Hill Courier Post)

Flyers Acquire Goaltender Martin Biron (PhiladelphiaFlyers.com)

Injury-riddled Sabres could wheel and deal at deadline

'The Sabres are pressed against the $44 million salary cap, making any deal difficult. If they place one of their injured players on the long-term injury exemption list, the Sabres can spend the prorated portion of his salary. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has said he expects everyone back for the playoffs except Gaustad. That means any potential deal would be a dollar-for-dollar swap.'

Sabres Acquire D-man From Nashville

'He has one goal and two assists in 15 games with Nashville this season.'

Sabres acquire D Lehtonen from Predators

'A ninth-round selection in the 2001 draft, Lehtonen helped Finland win a bronze medal at the 2006 World Championship.'

Sabres Pick up M. Lehtonen

'Lehtonen (28 years old, 6-1, 194) has three points (1+2) in 15 games with Nashville this season. He has also played in 35 games with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), scoring four goals and eight assists, along with 28 PIMs.'