Thomas Vanek will miss his fourth game of the season tonight. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Vanek out against Leafs

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Thomas Vanek will miss tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs after taking a shot off the hip Tuesday.

Interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston said Vanek is simply too sore to play.

“He’s better today,” Rolston said this morning inside the First Niagara Center. “He feels actually good. He’s starting the process. So we’re hoping to get him on the ice tomorrow.”

Vanek could play Saturday in Montreal.

Christian Ehrhoff’s ... Read the full article

Thomas Vanek has missed three games this season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Vanek questionable for Leafs; Sekera likely out

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Thomas Vanek, who took a lethal Christian Ehrhoff point shot off the hip early in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win in Montreal, missed practice Wednesday and is questionable for tonight’s tilt against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“He’s a little bit better but still going to be day-to-day, what he can tolerate,” interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston said Wednesday inside the First Niagara Center. “He’s certainly a possibility.”

Meanwhile, defenseman Andrej Sekera practiced ... Read the full article

Thomas Vanek gets a lot of bumps standing in front of the net. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Vanek questionable for Thursday

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Thomas Vanek, who took a lethal Christian Ehrhoff shot off the hip early in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win in Montreal, missed practice today and is questionable for Thursday’s home tilt against Toronto.

“He’s a little bit better but still going to be day-to-day, what he can tolerate,” interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “He’s certainly a possibility.”

Meanwhile, defenseman Andrej Sekera practiced today but ... Read the full article

Thomas Vanek was injured Tuesday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Vanek not practicing today

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Thomas Vanek, who took a lethal Christian Ehrhoff shot off the hip early in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win in Montreal, isn’t practicing with his teammates this morning inside the First Niagara Center.

Interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston said Tuesday that Vanek (lower body) was limping around and day-to-day.

Vanek’s 14 goals and 31 points lead the Sabres. The Austrian has been banged up all season, missing three games.... Read the full article

Thomas Vanek (26) will be skating with Tyler Ennis (63) tonight. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Rolston wise to switch up Sabres’ top trio

In reality, the Buffalo Sabres’ top trio – Thomas Vanek, Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville – should’ve been broken up or tweaked weeks ago.

Since roaring out of the gate as the NHL’s best line in January, the line has cooled off considerably.

Vanek, once hockey’s most lethal scoring threat, has only three goals and eight points in the last 15 games. Pominville has three goals and eight points in the last 19 contests.

Not ... Read the full article

Colin Jacobs just completed his junior season. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Amerks sign Sabres pick Jacobs to tryout

BUFFALO – The Rochester Americans have signed forward Colin Jacobs, the 107th overall pick in 2011, to an amateur tryout contract.

The 20-year-old compiled 25 goals, 53 points, 98 penalty minutes and a minus-27 rating in 66 games with the Western Hockey League’s Prince George Cougars this season.

The Texan played with the Seattle Thunderbirds for parts of four years prior to joining the Cougars in 2011-12, registering 44 goals, 89 points and ... Read the full article

Jhonas Enroth struggled until recently. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres backup goalie Enroth should receive action down the stretch

See, this is what happens when you have a backup goalie you trust. You can, you know, play him occasionally.

Jhonas Enroth will start tonight for the Sabres against the Canadiens in Montreal, his third nod in six games after receiving only two in the first 24 contests.

This was originally the Sabres’ plan; Enroth would spell No. 1 netminder Ryan Miller regularly, start about every fourth game.

With Enroth playing well again – ... Read the full article

Tyler Myers struggled so badly earlier this season he was scratched twice. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Myers hoping defense-first philosophy will turn around season

BUFFALO – The Sabres’ coaching staff recently conveyed a straightforward message to Tyler Myers, their struggling franchise defenseman.

“They don’t care if I only get one more point the whole year,” Myers said Friday. “As long as my defensive game is good and where it needs to be, then they’ll be happy. Obviously, I know I can bring more to the table. It’s just a matter of doing the right things first and then finding ... Read the full article

Jochen Hecht was recently scratched. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Which Sabres forward would Rolston sit if Kaleta returns?

Considering the Buffalo Sabres have lost two straight, six of seven (1-3-3) and rank 14th in the Eastern Conference with only 10 wins and 24 points, this shouldn’t be hard, right?

So, assuming the Sabres put agitator Patrick Kaleta back in the lineup Tuesday in Montreal, which forward should Ron Rolston scratch?

The Sabres’ interim coach didn’t want to bench anyone Sunday in Washington when Kaleta was eligible to play following a five-game boarding ... Read the full article

Mikhail Grigorenko left the Sabres on Friday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres prospect Grigorenko wows in return to junior

The Buffalo Sabres sent 18-year-old center Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Quebec Remparts on Friday to enhance the prospect’s development, let him be the man again and play big minutes instead of having him fight for ice time in the NHL.

In his first QMJHL game since Jan. 11, Grigorenko didn’t disappoint in this afternoon’s regular-season finale, compiling a goal and four points in the Remparts’ 5-3 win over visiting Rimouski.

“I think it ... Read the full article