Brian Gionta, a candidate to be captain, has worn an 'A' this preseason. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Ted Nolan close to naming new Sabres captain

BUFFALO – How close is Ted Nolan to naming a new Sabres captain?

“Uh, real close,” the coach said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center.

Don’t expect an announcement today, however.

“It hasn’t officially happened yet, but we all know who the leadership is going to be on this team,” he said. “We’ll officially sit down with people. We haven’t talked to anybody yet.”

The Sabres open the season one week from today.

In other news, defenseman Tyler Myers (maintenance day) missed today’s practice. He could play in Friday’s preseason finale in Carolina, Nolan said.

Meanwhile, defenseman Mark Pysyk (upper body) has been skating on his own. Pysyk could start practicing in the next week or so, Nolan said.

The Sabres have 30 players left in training camp. Nolan said his final 23-man roster is almost complete.

“In modern hockey, you know pretty well who’s on the team before camp starts,” Nolan said. “But there’s always that one that makes that decision tougher.”

Canada Post today released a postage stamp series featuring defensemen from the NHL’s Original Six teams. Sabres legend Tim Horton is pictured with the Toronto Maple Leafs, his first team.

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