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Sabres put Moulson (arm) on IR

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The Buffalo Sabres have put forward Matt Moulson on injured reserve with an arm ailment, the club announced on Monday.

The move is mostly a formality. He looked to be in serious pain last Thursday after taking a hit/slash from Phoenix’s Shane Doan, missed Saturday’s 7-1 loss to the Avs and wasn’t expected to play again until after the Olympic break. With the IR designation, Moulson will now officially miss tonight’s game against Edmonton, Wednesday’s against Pittsburgh and Thursday’s against Ottawa.

The former Islander, who came to Buffalo as part of the Thomas Vanek trade, has nine goals and 24 points in 40 games for the Sabres this season. He’s in the last of a three-year, $9.4 million deal and rumored to be on the want list of a number of teams at the deadline, so it’ll be very interesting to see 1) how severe this injury is, and 2) if it prevents teams from getting in a bidding war to use him as a rental.

Moulson hasn’t said what his plans are for the future, but didn’t rule out re-signing in Buffalo.

Sabres lose Moulson (upper body) ’til post-Olympic break

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Buffalo forward Matt Moulson will be held out of action until after the Olympic break, Sabres head coach Ted Nolan has announced.

Moulson was injured on a hit/slash from Coyotes captain Shane Doan on Thursday night, and looked to be in severe pain as he made his way towards the Buffalo bench. The injury occurred with about six minutes to go in the third period, and Moulson didn’t take another shift.

The former Islander, who came to Buffalo as part of the Thomas Vanek trade, has nine goals and 24 points in 40 games for the Sabres this season. He’s in the last of a three-year, $9.4 million deal and rumored to be on the want list of a number of teams at the deadline, so it’ll be very interesting to see 1) how severe this injury is, and 2) if it prevents teams from getting in a bidding war to use him as a rental.

Moulson hasn’t said what his plans are for the future, but didn’t rule out re-signing in Buffalo.

Coyotes’ Doan: ‘We’re barely above average, if average’

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Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan had some strong words for his team after Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres – the team with the fewest points in the entire National Hockey League.

“I don’t even know what our level is. We’re barely above average, if average,” said Doan, as per Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona.

The Coyotes failed to make up ground on the idle Vancouver Canucks in the Pacific Division. They currently trail Vancouver by three points in the standings. On Thursday, the Coyotes carried a one-goal lead into the second period, but conceded a power play goal in the middle frame and then a short-handed goal in the third period. The end result: two points lost.

For the Sabres, on the other hand, Thursday’s comeback effort looked to be a step in the right direction.

“It looked like a different team to me in the second and third. It was the kind of team we’ve been trying to be for a while,” said Sabres’ goalie Ryan Miller, according to John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

It wasn’t all good, however, for the Sabres.

Vogl also reported that Matt Moulson was in serious pain afterward, with Buffalo’s head coach Ted Nolan saying the club would know more on his status on Friday.

Moulson is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, and his name has recently been bantered around in trade rumors. It was recently reported in the Buffalo News that the Sabres’ new GM, Tim Murray, has had “chatted casually” with Moulson, Miller and Steve Ott, who have all come in trade talk.

PHT Morning Skate: Brodeur would consider waiving no-trade clause

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

He’s not asking to be dealt, but Martin Brodeur wouldn’t mind it if Devils GM Lou Lamoriello asked him to waive his no-trade clause. (The Star-Ledger)

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Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray hasn’t decided if he’ll be a buyer or seller at the trade deadline. “The team will decide that issue over the next couple of weeks.” (Ottawa Citizen)

Alex Stalock recently broke a San Jose Sharks franchise record with his shutout streak, but it wasn’t that long ago that a severe knee injury nearly ended his career. (CSN Bay Area)

Sergei Gonchar didn’t make Team Russia’s Olympic roster, but he still wanted to voice his support for the upcoming Sochi games amid the recent security concerns. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Devils forward Dainius Zubrus broke his nose during Sunday’s outdoor game against the New York Rangers. As coach Pete DeBoer recalled, Zubrus had his nose reset and then, to the surprise of a Yankee trainer watching, returned to the contest. He went onto log another 14:29 minutes last night. (The Bergen Record)

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan recorded his 500th career assist in Phoenix’s 3-0 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday. (Coyotes.nhl.com)

Highlights from Washington’s 5-4 overtime victory against Buffalo:

Doan on Coyotes’ struggles: ‘We’ve been fooling ourselves’

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The Phoenix Coyotes surprisingly out-scored their problems for much of this season, but things haven’t been going well lately, including Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Shane Doan fumed about his team’s struggles after the game, as Fox Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan reports.

“Right now we’re not very good and we haven’t been very good for a while,” Doan said. “We’ve been fooling ourselves with finding ways to come back and get points.”

Well, wow … is refreshing honesty a delayed side effect of Rocky Mountain fever?

In all seriousness, the Coyotes really haven’t been in top form lately. They’ve lost four of their last five games and only have one regulation win (plus two in OT) since Dec. 14, going 3-6-4 in that span.

Perhaps a little public shaming from their 37-year-old captain might spark a turnaround?