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Sabres' Scandella takes maintenance day to ease back from hip surgery

The Sabres went through their third day of training camp Sunday with one notable exception: Marco Scandella. The defenseman, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in May, took a maintenance day.

"He really went after it yesterday, just testing it out," coach Phil Housley said in HarborCenter. "He's a little sore, so it's no sense in rushing him back to play."

The Sabres' opening practices have been high-tempo, skate-heavy affairs. For the last two days, each group has skated for 45 minutes on one rink and immediately started another 45-minute session on the other rink.

While Scandella is expected to be recovered by the season opener Oct. 5, Housley saw no reason to push the defenseman early.

"You've got to think he hasn't a full summer of training, so we're really being cautious with it," Housley said. "I liked what he did yesterday. He was in the battles. He was playing fast.

"It's one of those things where you're stepping in, trying to catch a moving train, so we're just going to make sure in his progression it's the right state of mind for him every day."

The Sabres are preparing for a busy week. They have four of their six preseason games in a six-day span. Buffalo hosts Carolina at 7 p.m. Monday in KeyBank Center, then plays Pittsburgh on Tuesday at Penn State. The Sabres visit Toronto on Friday and host the Maple Leafs on Saturday.

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