NOTEBOOK: MAIR CLEARED
Wednesday, 10.07.2009 / 3:42 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina - Sabres.com
The 30-year-old forward missed the entire preseason due to arthroscopic hip surgery, although has been practicing for the last three weeks with the team.
“He could play. That’s the encouraging part,” Ruff said. “He had some conversations with his doctors in New York and his doctors here and he’s cleared to play.”
UPDATE: OCT. 8, 11:15 A.M. - Lindy Ruff said although Mair is cleared, he will not play in Thursday's game against the Coyotes. (10/8- Lindy Ruff Interview)
If Mair rejoins the roster (he currently carries non-roster status as he did not pass his preseason physical) the Sabres would be over the League limit with 24 players.
However, Ruff said no moves would have to be made just yet with defenseman Toni Lydman still recovering from a hand injury.
“Toni is not doing as well as we hoped,” Ruff said. “He had progressed to a point but still isn’t where he thinks he’d be able to play. Unless things change tomorrow, he’s doubtful.
“If Toni can’t play, Toni can go on IR.”
The Sabres completed a one-hour on-ice session at HSBC Arena on Wednesday.
The lines were unchanged with Thomas Vanek, Derek Roy and Tim Connolly making up the first unit.
Tim Kennedy centered a line between Clarke MacArthur and Jason Pominville while Paul Gaustad was in the middle of Jochen Hecht and Mike Grier.
Pat Kaleta, Matt Ellis and Drew Stafford were on the fourth unit.
All eight defenseman practiced as well.
Thomas Vanek’s official website interviewed agent Steve Bartlett. The Q&A offered a few anecdotes about the winger, including Vanek getting his New York State driver’s license.
“It usually takes at least a month. Somehow Thomas figured out a way to set the world record for the fastest license. From the time he set down to get the application and the time he actually got the license was like 48 hours. He had to take a 6 hour course, he had to do all these things and he did it just like that. I went with him to the driving test and he passed immediately.
“Nobody will ever get the license faster. Because you had to guess a code on the computer or had to wait at least to wait 2 weeks to get that code. But Thomas simply guessed the code by playing around on the keyboard.”
Click here for the full interview.
The Sabres received a team blessing prior to the start of practice. Father John Sturm JS from St. Michael’s Church – the official chaplain of the Buffalo Sabres for the last five years – said a few words to the players as they begin the 2009-10 season. Father Sturm is the former Prefect of Discipline at Canisius High School and has been featured in Tim Russert’s book Big Russ and Me.
Fans attending Thursday’s game against Phoenix will receive a free magnet schedule for the 2009-10 season. Tickets are still available. Click here for more information.