'"I think it is extremely hard for the players to focus," commented Ruff, following the team's first day of practice. "It is not an easy process to be going through right now. This type of tragedy has touched everybody, including hockey teams." But as world leadership, especially President George W. Bush of the United States, has indicated, life has to move on. "I don't think you can stop living over this," continued Ruff.'
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'Sabres coach Lindy Ruff on Thursday said only one of the seven defensive slots is really available, while General Manager Darcy Regier indicated the trade of a defenseman could be in the offing.'
'Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier and Rasmussen's agent, Brian Lawton, have been talking this week. Regier on Thursday seemed confident an agreement eventually could be reached. In the meantime, however, everyone else is in camp, and Buffalo's group of forwards has started to develop without Rasmussen, who made $481,250 last year.'
'"A lot of people have asked me 'How do you feel about being No. 1?' but I haven't won that yet," he said Thursday morning after the team's workout at Jack Gatecliff Arena. "Nothing is for certain. I had a pretty good camp last year and I was there, and this year I want to be the guy in there for Game 1. I want to be the guy that's going to be in there as much as I can during the year."'