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LEINO, McCORMICK, TROPP RETURN TO PRACTICE

Monday, 10.21.2013 / 2:11 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com (@chrisryndak) / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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LEINO, McCORMICK, TROPP RETURN TO PRACTICE
     Ville Leino

A trio of injured players returned to practice for the Buffalo Sabres on Monday at First Niagara Center.

Ville Leino and Corey Tropp skated with the team for the first time in a few weeks. Cody McCormick was back on the ice as well as he recovers from a lower-body injury sustained while blocking a shot Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Leino, who has been out since leaving the season opener on Oct. 2 with a cracked rib, was a full participant in practice and rotated in and out with McCormick on the fourth line during some drills. Tropp was limited and skated in a red non-contact jersey and a full face-shield as he recovers from a broken jaw.

“You want to be out there. You want to help the team. You want to see the team succeed so that hasn’t been a fun part, definitely,” Leino said. “It’s been a little bit of a struggle here, so hopefully I can get back soon and help the team.”

Leino, currently on the injured reserve list, said he's day-to-day and hopes to be ready to go by the end of the week "at the latest." Sabres coach Ron Rolston said Leino’s return date hinges on how he practices moving forward and how he responds to contact.

McCormick is in a similar spot, according to Rolston. McCormick did not play Saturday against Colorado.

“He’s in the same boat,” Rolston said. “He still has a lot of soreness and stiffness and stuff, so we’re monitoring him too.”

The practice was the first for Tropp since he broke his jaw in a fight with Toronto’s Jamie Devane in a preseason game on Sept. 22.

“That’s part of the game,” Tropp said of the fight. “It happens. Obviously he got the better half of me on that one, but it is what is. He’s a good player and that’s all it is.”

Tropp said he had his jaw wired shut for 10 days after the fight, but has been skating and working out for the last 2.5 weeks. Rolston said Tropp is likely a few weeks away from being cleared for contact.


Rookie defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen was back at practice with the Sabres, too. He was sent down to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League a few hours before Buffalo’s game on Saturday and was officially recalled Monday morning.

Ristolainen’s recall puts the Sabres one player over the 23-man roster limit. Rolston said a roster move is coming and it’s likely someone would be put on the injured reserve list.

Christian Ehrhoff was given a maintenance day and did not skate. To give the Sabres an even number of defensemen in practice, John Scott suited up on the blue line.

Patrick Kaleta was absent as well as he appeals his 10-game suspension.


26 Thomas Vanek – 19 Cody Hodgson – 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott – 82 Marcus Foligno – 63 Tyler Ennis
28 Zemgus Girgensons – 22 Johan Larsson – 65 Brian Flynn
12 Kevin Porter – 25 Mikhail Grigorenko – 8 Cody McCormick / 23 Ville Leino
78 Corey Tropp

61 Nikita Zadorov – 3 Mark Pysyk
20 Henrik Tallinder – 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber – 4 Jamie McBain
32 John Scott – 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

30 Ryan Miller
1 Jhonas Enroth

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82