Ville Leino struggled last season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Leino looking for chance to show his worth to Sabres

BUFFALO – Last season, in the first year of a six-year, $27 million contract, Ville Leino bombed. For a cool $6 million, the Sabres received eight goals and 25 points in 71 games, paying out $240,000 a point.

The Sabres initially tried converting Leino into a center again, an experiment that failed miserably. Leino was back on the wing after just a few weeks, generating little as a third- or fourth-liner.

Before the season ended, ... Read the full article

Tyler Ennis left Sunday's game early. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Ennis ‘dinged up’ from Simmonds hit, not concussed

BUFFALO – Tyler Ennis, whose face was crunched into the boards by Wayne Simmonds 15:48 into the Sabres’ 3-2 loss Sunday in Philadelphia, missed practice Monday and is day-to-day, interim coach Ron Rolston said.

“He’s a little dinged up,” Rolston said after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s contest against the New York Rangers inside the First Niagara Center.

Ennis, who left the game, didn’t suffer a concussion, Rolston said. The slick center received some stitches ... Read the full article

Tyler Ennis received stitches after getting hit Sunday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Ennis day-to-day, not concussed; Leino and Leopold game-time decisions Tuesday

BUFFALO – Tyler Ennis, whose face was crunched into the boards by Wayne Simmonds 15:48 into the Sabres’ 3-2 loss Sunday in Philadelphia, missed practice today and is day-to-day, interim coach Ron Rolston said.

“He’s a little dinged up,” Rolston said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center.

Ennis, who left the game, didn’t suffer a concussion, Rolston said. The slick center received some stitches on his forehead.

What about the hit? Simmonds nailed Ennis ... Read the full article

Tyler Ennis was hurt Sunday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Ennis not practicing

BUFFALO – Center Tyler Ennis, whose face was crunched into the boards by Wayne Simmonds 15:48 into the Sabres’ 3-2 loss Sunday in Philadelphia, isn’t practicing this morning inside the First Niagara Center.

Ennis left the game and received stitches, interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston said.

Sabres defenseman Mike Weber quickly fought Simmonds.... Read the full article

Adam Pardy played four times during his recall. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres send Pardy back to Amerks

BUFFALO – The Sabres sent defenseman Adam Pardy back to the Rochester Americans on Sunday to make room for Jordan Leopold on the 23-man roster.

Leopold was a late scratch for the Sabres’ 3-2 loss in Philadelphia, the 10th straight game he’s missed.

Pardy played four games during his recall, recording zero points and eight penalty minutes. He had been scratched two straight games.... Read the full article

Jhonas Enroth played well Thursday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres could turn to backup goalie Enroth again soon following strong effort

BUFFALO – Tonight in Philadelphia, Jhonas Enroth will take a backseat to goalie Ryan Miller again, a place the backup is well accustomed to.

With Miller entrenched as the franchise netminder and Enroth struggling, the 24-year-old has only played sporadically this lockout-shortened season.

The original plan called for Enroth to spell Miller regularly, start about 10 or 12 of the 48 games. So far, 25 tilts into the season, the Swede has only earned three ... Read the full article

Tyler Myers skated a season-high 23:40 on Thursday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Rolston on Myers: ‘We like where he’s going’

BUFFALO – These days, Tyler Myers’ progress is measured differently. Instead of comparing the 23-year-old to the NHL’s best defensemen, many simply wonder if he’s among the Sabres’ top six.

Myers has struggled much of this season, committing gaffes while generating little offense. He even sat twice as a healthy scratch.

In recent games, however, Myers seems to have settled down a bit. He skated a season-high 23:40 during Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss in New ... Read the full article

Andrej Sekera could play Tuesday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Pardy could play Sunday; Sekera getting close

BUFFALO – The Sabres could change their blue line up for Sunday’s tilt in Philadelphia against the Flyers.

Defenseman Adam Pardy, a healthy scratch the past two contests, practiced on a regular pairing this morning inside Riverside Ice Rink. So did Andrej Sekera, at least briefly.

Sekera, who left Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss in New Jersey and didn’t practice Friday, skated beside Robyn Regehr, his regular partner, until the Sabres began battle drills.

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Jochen Hecht was a favorite of former coach Lindy Ruff. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Hecht’s benching related to Sabres’ personnel, not play

BUFFALO – Hours before scratching Jochen Hecht on Thursday, Ron Rolston praised the veteran’s play. Following practice a day later, the Sabres’ interim coach complimented the 35-year-old forward again.

So why did Rolston make Hecht, the Sabres’ longest-tenured player, a healthy scratch for the first time in his 10 seasons here?

“We had a lot of scenarios going on with players,” Rolston explained Friday after the Sabres practiced inside Cazenovia Ice Rink. “We have ... Read the full article

Jochen Hecht had enjoyed a regular spot in the lineup since 2002. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Hecht benched so Sabres could add toughness

BUFFALO – Hours before scratching Jochen Hecht on Thursday, Ron Rolston praised the veteran’s play. Following practice this afternoon, the Sabres’ interim coach complimented the 35-year-old forward again.

So why did Rolston make Hecht, the Sabres’ longest-tenured player, a healthy scratch for the first time in his 10 seasons here?

“We had a lot of scenarios going on with players,” Rolston explained after the Sabres practiced inside Cazenovia Ice Rink. “We have a lot ... Read the full article