Kotalik leaves practice, Connolly improving

Via: Sabres.com

'Connolly will be treated with the most finesse. Having only appeared in a handful of games last season and with pressure mounting to fill the void left by the departure of last season's co-captains, his longevity during the regular season is the Sabres top priority. "The most important part before he plays is getting him healthy," said Ruff. "We're not going to stick him in a game just to get a game in. We have another week to get ready for the season. Unless he feels really good, my feeling is that we're not going to put him in the game."'