'"Anytime you get up here at all, it's a great feeling," said Stafford, who has two goals and three assists in 19 games for the Sabres this season. "It's just the first step. You have to take advantage of it, no matter how long it is." "I'm really excited to be up and I really hope that I can help the team win," said MacArthur, who has registered three shots in his two career NHL games. "The pressure's on a little bit (to perform), but I think that makes a guy a better player too. I'm going to work hard in whatever role I'm playing."'
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‘”You look around and there have been cases where teams have lost key players and have been better at times,” Ruff said. “You get a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of excitement from players that are getting the opportunity to play. I think that’s what you’re going to see.”‘
'Stafford skated with Thomas Vanek and Derek Roy, a line he's worked with in previous stints with the parent club. MacArthur split time with Daniel Paille alongside Chris Drury and Ales Kotalik. After practice, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said that Maxim Afinogenov's injury required surgery and reiterated that 5-6 weeks is the bare minimum the winger would miss.'
'Sabres center Derek Roy is expected to be on hand to sign autographs for a half-hour starting at 6:15 p.m. Faceoff is set for 7. The Sabres mascot, Sabretooth, will also make an appearance.'
'Stafford and MacArthur replace right winger Maxim Afinogenov (out at least six weeks with a broken wrist) and center Jiri Novotny (out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain).'
'"Max (Afinogenov) we've lost for a minimum of six weeks," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said after Thursday's game. "He's got a broken scaphoid bone in his wrist. He fell on it."'
'"We'll wait and see and get a medical report on Max and see how far this takes him out," Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier said. "The interesting circumstance is probably the [salary] cap hanging over us more than anything else right now. It just got a little more complicated."'
'Afinogenov's absence is temporary, but Regier stands little chance in finding a viable replacement for Gaustad. The Goose was a different duck, a rare commodity who had both the skill to keep up with his teammates and the toughness to stand up to them. The versatile forward was a bargain at $712,500.'
'"Rolie read a couple of plays where they were just fabulous plays," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who was behind the bench while Roloson was in Buffalo. "I thought we could have had two or three [goals], but he was right there on a couple. . . . He did a nice job tonight of reading where we were moving to."'
'"It was nothing personal with Edmonton," Spacek said. "It's just a little easier out there with the travel and the schedule."'