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D'AGOSTINI READY FOR ANOTHER NEW OPPORTUNITY, WILL PLAY WITH LEINO AND OTT

Thursday, 11.28.2013 / 1:05 PM
By Chris Ryndak - Sabres.com / BEYOND THE BOARDS
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D\'AGOSTINI READY FOR ANOTHER NEW OPPORTUNITY, WILL PLAY WITH LEINO AND OTT

A day after being claimed off waivers, Matt D’Agostini was on the ice with his new club, the Buffalo Sabres, shaking hands and getting to know some of his new teammates.

D’Agostini had been waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday and had to wait until noon Wednesday to find out if he’d be on his way to the minors or another NHL city.

“[Pittsburgh] told me the news and then you have the most anxious 24 hours of your life,” D’Agostini said after Buffalo’s optional practice Thursday at First Niagara Center. “Again, that’s just the way it goes in this sport. Guys come and go so I’m excited about my opportunity.”

Buffalo is D’Agostini’s fourth NHL club in the past two years. St. Louis traded him to New Jersey last season – where he played with Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder – and he signed a one-year contract with the Penguins this summer.

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In 275 NHL games, he’s scored 96 points (47+49), including 21 goals with the Blues in 2010-11.

The 27-year-old forward is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., which is also the hometown of Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan. Nolan said that he’s known about D’Agostini since he was a teenager playing junior hockey with the Guelph Storm. When president of hockey operations Pat LaFontaine suggested the Sabres claim D’Agostini, Nolan was on board.

“I’ve known of him since he was about 15, 16 years old and I remember him going to another Ontario Hockey League team [and playing] against his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. I was wondering why he got away,” Nolan said.

D’Agostini is looking forward to being in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

“Hopefully [I can] get back to my ways and my confident self again,” he said. “Confidence is everything in this league I think, so get some playing time under my belt and hopefully get back to my old game.”

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He’ll likely get a lot of ice time as Nolan said he’ll put D’Agostini on the wing with center Ville Leino and captain Steve Ott.

“When you get a goal scorer, you have to put him in a position to score some goals so hopefully that’ll help,” Nolan said.


To make room for D’Agostini on the roster, the Sabres waived right wing Corey Tropp. Thursday afternoon, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that they had claimed Tropp.

The Sabres were hoping to send Tropp to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League where he could play a lot of minutes in all situations. Tropp has battled injuries the past two seasons and in nine games with Buffalo this season, he’d averaged 10:29 of ice time while on the fourth line.

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“I don’t know if [Tropp being claimed is] disappointing. You’re happy for the young guy,” Nolan said. “Pittsburgh lost a guy to us. It’s unfortunate that we haven’t got enough positions or room for him right now. It’s good for him to be picked up by somebody else and get his career going there. Unfortunately it wasn’t happening here at that moment. You take a chance and it’s good for Corey.”


Center Cody McCormick skated with the team again. He’s been on injured reserve since he took what he calls a “stiff hit” on Nov. 21 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Nolan said that he may not be ready for this weekend’s pair of games. McCormick declared himself day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

“We’re still kind of seeing how it’s going to react tomorrow morning,” McCormick said. “If the game was tonight, I don’t think it would work but another day might do it some help.”

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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