Sabres’ Gaustad out 3-4 weeks after thumb surgery

‘The 26-year-old Gaustad has played in parts of four seasons with the Sabres, tallying career-highs with 10 goals and 36 points in 82 games last season.’

Sabres reassign Dennis and Myers

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have assigned goaltender Adam Dennis to Portland (AHL), and returned defenseman Tyler Myers to Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. The moves leave the Sabres with 32 players remaining in camp.’

Sabres C Gaustad out after having thumb surgery

‘Gaustad, entering his fourth NHL season, was hurt during a fight in Buffalo’s 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Sunday. He had one goal in two games in the preseason and was expected to provide a physical presence on the Sabres’ second or third line.’

Sabres reduce Training Camp roster by 13

‘Heading to Portland are: forwards Tyler Bouck (pending waivers), Jimmy Bonneau (pending waivers), Colton Fretter, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Derek Whitmore, Felix Schutz and Colin Murphy; defensemen Mike Card and Mike Kostka; and goaltender Jhonas Enroth.’

Gaustad has surgery on thumb

‘He is expected to be out a minimum of 3-4 weeks.’

Peters reloading

‘A couple of years ago Peters dropped a significant amount of weight in order to get more mobile on his skates. But he found it hard to battle the heavyweights and added about 20 pounds of muscle after changing his workout regime. "I’m back up to 240 but I tried to stay as lean as possible," he said. "I found it hard at 225 pounds tussling with the big guys. I feel strong on the ice and that’s part of my job, to be strong in the corners and strong when I’m fighting. As long as I feel comfortable, that’s all that matters."’

MacArthur making case for consistency

‘“Coach wants to see consistency out of me, and that’s one of the things that takes the longest,” MacArthur said. “I’ve really got to work at it, and that’s what I need to do to stay here full time.”’

Lalime strong in Sabres debut

‘“We felt we were getting a good veteran guy that played a good number of games last year (31) that could step in, I guess,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We’re looking at playing him in that 15-to-20-game range, give or take a few games here or there. There’s going to be a hard plan going into the season on where we’re going to play him."’

Bad bounce spoils solid effort

‘“[The goal] was the only opportunity I think they had in that period,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “We didn’t give anything up for the last 25 minutes. I thought [Lalime] was very good… I thought the team was good.”’

Rivet plays tough guy for Sabres

‘The game was marred by a left leg injury suffered by Buffalo winger Daniel Paille with about seven minutes to go in the second period. Paille took a borderline low hit from Wild defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron and hobbled off with what coach Lindy Ruff termed a bruised thigh.’

Monday’s Minnesota Coverage

Wild praises a potential star (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

A sloppy game with good, cheap tickets (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Marian Gaborik practices with Minnesota Wild (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Photo gallery (Wild.com)

Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Brunette’s shootout goal gives Wild 2-1 win

‘Lalime stopped 18-of-19 shots and looked as though he was on his way to a shutout win until Brunette’s centering pass deflected off the stick of defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and into the net.’

Minnesota 2, Buffalo 1 (SO)

‘Patrick Lalime made 18 stops for the Sabres, whose lone regulation goal came 13 seconds into the second period from Jochen Hecht. Drew Stafford scored during the shootout phase.’

Max runs with spot on top line

‘“I’m here and I want to help this team,” he said.’

Myers given start against Leafs to satisfy the team’s curiosity

‘“It’s a big adjustment to this level,” Myers said. “The pace is a lot faster, the guys are stronger. They’re on you right away when you get the puck, so you have to adjust, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job of that.”’