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Derek Grant claimed off waivers by Nashville

The Buffalo Sabres lost forward Derek Grant after the Nashville Predators claimed him off waivers Wednesday morning.

Placing Grant on waivers was seen as a move to increase depth in the organizational system, but came with the risk of another team picking him up.

"That was part of the plan there," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "Obviously we knew it was a possibility. Hopefully Derek's got an opportunity for Derek going to Nashville.We thought with Cal O'Reilly being a center we could call up as part of the plan as well."

And to clarify, there are no plans to call up Cal O'Reilly.

Grant had no goals and three assists in 35 games while taking just 31 shots. He has never scored in 75 NHL games.

Linus Ullmark will stay with the Sabres and make the trip to Florida as the team plays the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday. Robin Lehner is still sick.

Bylsma also said that Tyler Ennis would not be playing in the Tampa Bay game although the forward seems closer to returning. At Wednesday's optional practice in KeyBank Center, Bylsma put Ennis through some intense skating drills in the neutral zone.

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