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Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders

Marcus Foligno ready to return to Sabres lineup

The Buffalo Sabres will get forward Marcus Foligno back in the lineup Saturday, when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Foligno, who has five goals and 11 points in 41 regular season games, missed Wednesday’s game against Toronto due to injury but was back at practice on Friday.

“[It was] a reoccurring injury that just kind of got pinched in the game against Philly and it’s all better now,” he said, as per the Sabres’ website.

“The trainers looked after me and it’s something where you just needed to rest it and I’m looking forward to getting back at it tomorrow.”

There was also more good news on the injury front for Buffalo. Henrik Tallinder, out the last six games with an upper-body injury, and Kevin Porter, out since Dec. 23 with a lower-body injury, both skated with the team on Friday, according to the Sabres.

Their returns will have to wait, however. According to the Sabres, both players, who are on injured reserve with Cody McCormick, aren’t expected back this weekend.

Video: Iginla’s first goal for Penguins


Playing in just his second game for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jarome Iginla got his first goal for his new club against Buffalo on Tuesday night, converting a Chris Kunitz pass on the power play to even the score at one:

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Unfortunately for Iginla and Pittsburgh, his goal was the Pens’ lone highlight through the first two periods.

The Sabres got goals from Steve Ott, Cody Hodgson and a pair from Kevin Porter to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the second period, putting Pittsburgh’s 15-game winning streak in serious jeopardy.


Video: Milbury questions ‘shady’ Iginla trade

Crosby (broken jaw) out of hospital, still unable to speak

Gardiner out with concussion-like symptoms, but the Marlies won’t call it a concussion

Jake Gardiner

Some concern in Toronto as Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, currently playing for the AHL Marlies, is out with the dreaded concussion-like symptoms.

Marlies coach Dallas Eakins won’t call it a concussion (where have we heard that before?), only that Gardiner is feeling symptoms in his head and neck (via @KyleTheReporter).

It’s believed Gardiner suffered the injury Saturday when hit (charged, to be specific) by Rochester’s Kevin Porter. Gardiner stayed in the game and even scored the winning goal, but was eventually pulled.

After the game, Eakins said Gardiner “wasn’t in a concussion state, just not feeling quite right.”

Gardiner has been an offensive force this season, tallying nine goals and eight assists in 22 games. The Leafs have high hopes for the 22-year-old who was acquired, along with Joffrey Lupul, from Anaheim in 2011 for François Beauchemin.

Butler, Porter, Blunden among 63 NHLers placed on waivers

Bobby Butler

In advance of the Sept. 15 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement, several NHL teams took advantage of a special waiver exemption with regards to the AHL.

From the Globe and Mail:

One of the few things the NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed on this week was a mechanism for shipping players to the AHL in case of a lockout.

Players who are subject to clearing waivers and who are waived before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at midnight Saturday can be assigned to the AHL and then can return without re-entry waivers if they are recalled three days before play resumes.

That includes those on two-way contracts.

Here’s the full list of the 63 put on waivers, as provided by TSN:

Anaheim Ducks: Jordan Hendry

Buffalo Sabres: Nick Tarnasky, Kevin Porter

Calgary Flames: Akim Aliu, Paul Byron, Krys Kolanos, Joe Piskula, Ben Walter

Carolina Hurricanes: Brett Bellemore, Nicolas Blanchard, Zach Boychuk, Justin Krueger, Jerome Samson, Brett Sutter, Chris Terry, Tim Wallace, Justin Peters, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Bobby Sanguinetti

Columbus Blue Jackets: Cody Bass, Nick Drazenovic, Nick Holden, Andrew Joudrey, Ryan Russell

Edmonton Oilers: Dane Byers, Tanner House, Alex Plante, Yann Danis

Los Angeles Kings: Andrew Bodnarchuk, Stefan Legein, David Meckler

Montreal Canadiens: Michael Blunden

New Jersey Devils: Jay Leach, Matt Anderson, Bobby Butler, Tim Sestito, Chad Wiseman, Steven Zalewski, Jeff Frazee

New York Islanders: Sean Backman, Colin McDonald, Nathan McIver, Matt Watkins, Ty Wishart

Phoenix Coyotes: Alexandre Bolduc, Chris Conner, Chad Johnson, Rob Klinkhammer, Joel Rechlicz

Pittsburgh Penguins: Philippe Dupuis, Benn Ferriero, Alex Grant, Riley Holzapfel, Warren Peters, Dylan Reese, Trevor Smith

San Jose Sharks: Danny Groulx, Bracken Kearns, Jon Matsumoto

St. Louis Blues: T.J. Hensick

Tampa Bay Lightning: J.T. Wyman

Toronto Maple Leafs: Greg Scott, Ryan Hamilton

Offseason Report: Colorado Avalanche

Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche

From July 16-Aug 16, we’ll be profiling all 30 NHL teams by recapping what they did this offseason and previewing their upcoming campaigns.

2011-12 season

41-35-6, 88 points; 11th in the Western Conference and third in Northwest Division.


P.A. Parenteau, John Mitchell and Greg Zanon


Peter Mueller, Jay McClement and Kevin Porter

2012 Draft

No first-round pick.

Looking back

The Colorado Avalanche experienced an uneven 2011-12 season, but some in the organization may feel encouraged by the team’s late charge in March. Trade acquisitions Steve Downie and Jamie McGinn made enough of an impact to inspire some added optimism as well.

Semyon Varlamov’s up-and-down year probably had the biggest impact on Colorado’s fortunes, yet the team hopes for more consistency from Matt Duchene, Erik Johnson and Paul Stastny than they showed.

Gabriel Landeskog’s Calder Trophy season ranked among the team’s biggest highlights last season.

Looking forward

The Avalanche boast a young roster that could see quite a bit of improvement from within if the right buttons are pushed. Varlamov, Landeskog, Johnson, Stastny and especially Duchene could conceivably take another step forward next season.

Parenteau represents the biggest addition while the franchise gambled a bit by allowing injury-prone winger Mueller leave for nothing. One might also look at last season’s late arrivals Downie and McGinn as “new” players too, though.

Head coach Joe Sacco enters an important season. A third consecutive failed playoff run might bring his work in Colorado to an end.

Have your say

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