NHL Notes


The slumping Buffalo Sabres are close to getting back their all star goalie Ryan Miller and it couldn’t come at a better time for the 29th place club. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is looking at possibly Thursday night at New York against the Rangers or Saturday at home against the Washington Capitals to start him. Miller who is the reining Vezina Trophy winner has only played 10 games due to a series of injuries and has registered a 3-5-2 record with a 2.71 GAA and a .903 save percentage.


Approximately four weeks after signing a one year deal, the Boston Bruins have decided to waive journeyman forward Brian McGrattan. This 29 year-old who has played with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames was invited as a non-roster player to the Bruins camp this fall. After a strong camp the Bruins signed him on October 11 to a one year deal. Besides for enduring a three game conditioning stint with the Providence Bruins McGrattan who is one of the most feared fighters in the league was a healthy scratch for nine games. During his five year career McGrattan scored three goals and 14 points while accumulating 395 penalty minutes in 182 games.


The Edmonton Oilers suffered a huge blow on Sunday night when their leader Shawn Horcoff suffered a serious leg injury during the second period against the Chicago Blackhawks. While heading to the bench on a change Horcoff who has four goals and nine points this season got tangled up with Hawks forward Jack Skille. He tried gutting out one more shift before heading the dressing room and calling it a night. According to Oilers management Horcoff is considered to be day-to-day.


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