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RUFF DISCUSSES FINAL CUTS

NHL DEADLINE SET FOR 3 PM ON WEDNESDAY

Tuesday, 09.29.2009 / 3:34 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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RUFF DISCUSSES FINAL CUTS
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The deadline for NHL teams to set their Opening Day rosters is set for 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday.

With 26 players still in Buffalo, Head Coach Lindy Ruff has some decisions to make to get the Sabres down to the League maximum of 23 players.
 
“I think the final cuts are always the toughest because you can see how much they’ve given,” Ruff said. “You know they’re giving everything to gain a spot.”

The Sabres did have 27 players on the roster, but Ruff reported that center Cody McCormick was sent down to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

Nathan Gerbe, Tim Kennedy, Tyler Myers and Mike Weber remain.

“Obviously there’s the possibility that I get sent back,” Myers said. “I’ve thought about how I’d handle that if it came to that, but right now I’m going to take it day-by-day and do the best I can to stay here.”

Because of his age – Myers is only 19 years old – the blueliner does not have the option of being sent to Portland. He must either return to juniors before he plays 10 NHL games or stay with the Sabres.

Injuries may give Myers - and Ruff - some room for movement. Ruff revealed that defenseman Toni Lydman has a hand injury that may keep him out of the lineup for the season opener on Oct. 3.

“Even the last couple games he hasn’t been able to play because of it so we’ll have to evaluate,” Ruff said. “There’s a chance he may not be ready.”

Drew Stafford is also recovering from a mild concussion he sustained during the Sabres’ preseason game in Montreal and forward Adam Mair is still out after undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery last month.

Mair practiced Tuesday at HSBC Arena while Stafford skated on his own following the team's workout.

“He tested well today and we’ll see where he’s at in the next couple days,” Ruff said of Stafford. “We’ll let tomorrow play out.”

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  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
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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

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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