While interim Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston wouldn’t confirm it, defenseman Andrej Sekera, out the last five games, essentially told reporters in Florida he planned to play tonight against the Panthers following a five-game absence.
Assuming Sekera returns, what should the Sabres do? Should Rolston simply sit rookie defenseman Mark Pysyk?
That’s not a given, Rolston said Monday. The Sabres will likely keep seven defensemen on the roster. Perhaps all of them will dress. Pysyk’s calm play has impressed Rolston.
If an extra defender plays, who would sit up front?
Nathan Gerbe, a healthy scratch twice last week, could be the top candidate. The winger hasn’t scored in his last eight appearances.
Gerbe, of course, didn’t like getting benched.
Update: Sekera is back in. Pysyk is out. Tough guy John Scott is playing. Rookie winger Brian Flynn is scratched.