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NOTEBOOK: GRIER NEARING RETURN

Monday, 11.23.2009 / 3:38 PM / News
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NOTEBOOK: GRIER NEARING RETURN
Mike Grier (Photo: Getty Images)
Patrick Kaleta was given a maintenance day on Monday afternoon according to Head Coach Lindy Ruff - recovering from some minor ‘soreness’ stemming from Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

The winger is expected to play Wednesday night against the Capitals and was the only player absent from the hour-long workout at HSBC Arena. Drew Stafford participated in the skate, as did Mike Grier who Ruff said is getting closer to a return to the lineup.

“I think it really depends on how it feels tomorrow,” Ruff said. “The fact that he made it through the whole practice was good. We just have to see where he’s at when it comes to fitness and how much he can tolerate.”

Grier has missed the last five games with a groin strain that he suffered Nov. 11 in a game against the Edmonton Oilers.

The lines from Monday’s workout are as follows:

MacArthur – Connolly – Stafford
Vanek – Roy – Pominville
Hecht – Kennedy – Grier – Mair
Gaustad – Ellis – Paetsch

[UPDATE: NOV. 24, 1:15 PM -- Mike Grier and Patrick Kaleta back on the ice Tuesday, skating with their regular linemates. Nathan Paetsch, Andrej Sekera and Adam Mair could be the likely scratches for Wednesday night. Click here for more].



Ruff also discussed the mentality behind using defenseman Andrej Sekera as a forward in Ottawa, alongside Matt Ellis and Adam Mair.

Drew Stafford was out with a 'bone bruise,' causing the Sabres to be short a forward.

“I liked him in practice. I wanted to take a look,” Ruff said. “He’s got better speed. I thought that line really played well for us and he ended up having two scoring chances. I asked him why he looked so good in practice, he said he used to be a forward and I didn’t know that. Part of it was Andrej played pretty well before we took him out and I wanted to keep him going.”

To listen to Ruff's full interview, click here.



The Buffalo Sabres are currently holding an online auction of the third set of alternate (third) jerseys from the 2008-09 season, concluding Tuesday, Dec. 1.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Buffalo Sabres foundation. Click here for more info.




The Sabres Store at HSBC Arena is also offering Thanksgiving weekend specials along with extended store hours beginning on November 30.

“Black Friday” discounts include 30 percent off your entire purchase from 10 a.m. to noon.

Click here for more information.



For anyone who missed Tyler Myers' sit-down interview on Hockey Night in Canada, you can watch it here:




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