Brian Gionta returned to today's game shortly after taking a scary hit. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Video: Tommy Wingels hits Sabres captain Brian Gionta

So, umm, there were no penalties called on the play below.

Even Sabres winger Torrey Mitchell, who jumped the San Jose Sharks’ Tommy Wingels after he knocked captain Brian Gionta head-first into the boards early in today’s game, escaped unscathed.

How can that scary hit go unpenalized? Would something have been called if Wingels hit a star player?

Luckily, Gionta got up and returned to the game later in the period.

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Nick Petrecki played one NHL game last season. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Amerks acquire Nick Petrecki on loan from Sharks

With veteran defenseman and captain Drew Bagnall out for the season, the Rochester Americans today acquired Nick Petrecki on loan from the San Jose Sharks.

The 24-year-old Petrecki has one goal, three points and 54 penalty minutes with the AHL Worchester Sharks this season. The defenseman played one NHL game with San Jose last season.

Petrecki, 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, has eight goals, 46 points and 531 penalty minutes in 277 career AHL games. The ... Read the full article

Ryan Miller was scheduled to start tonight. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott missing from Sabres warm-up

BUFFALO – Goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott aren’t on the ice for the Sabres’ warm-up prior to tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Miller has likely has been traded to the Blues.

Jhonas Enroth is the lone goalie dressed.

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Christian Ehrhoff has played three seasons with the Sabres. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Christian Ehrhoff has submitted no-trade list; Tyler Ennis out again

BUFFALO – With the NHL trade deadline five days away and rumors swirling, interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan has started greeting captain Steve Ott in a special way.

“You don’t want to make light of it, but every day I walk in and say, ‘Steve, you still here?’” Nolan joked this morning inside the First Niagara Center. “I talked to Tyler Myers on the ice today. His name popped up in the newspapers yesterday. I ... Read the full article

Ryan Miller might make the walk from the Sabres dressing room to the First Niagara Center ice for the final time tonight. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller focusing on what could be last start in Buffalo, grateful to city for support

BUFFALO – Ryan Miller knows most NHL cities can’t offer what this one has for 11 seasons. The Sabres goalie hasn’t just played for a team; he’s felt a part of something special in the community.

But right now isn’t the time to reflect, Miller said Thursday. He’s still with the Sabres. The former Vezina Trophy winner wants to focus on his 533rd start tonight against the San Jose Sharks.

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Drew Stafford has only one goal this season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Struggling Drew Stafford sad to see teammates leave, wants to stay with Sabres: ‘I’m not going to quit’

BUFFALO – Drew Stafford started shaking his head. The veteran winger paused before answering a question about seeing so many teammates and friends depart the hapless Sabres recently.

With Thomas Vanek gone, only goalie Ryan Miller’s tenure outranks Stafford, who joined the Sabres early in 2006-07. When the 28-year-old looks around the dressing room these days, he mostly sees young, unfamiliar faces.

“It’s just times have changed, you know?” Stafford said last week inside ... Read the full article

Tim Kennedy played regularly in the NHL in 2009-10. ©2013, Janet Schultz, Olean Times Herald

Former Sabre Kennedy back in NHL with Sharks

South Buffalo native and former Sabres forward Tim Kennedy returned to the NHL on Tuesday, skating 15:33 in the San Jose Sharks’ 1-0 overtime loss in Nashville.

Kennedy had been dominating the AHL, compiling 13 goals and 37 points in 37 games with Worchester.

The 26-year-old last played in the big leagues on Jan. 5, 2012 with the Florida Panthers.

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