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Players seem happy Satan's moved on

The Buffalo Sabres aren't merely willing to close the book on Miroslav Satan. They're looking forward to it.

The absence of the club's top scorer for six of the past seven seasons was a topic at the start of training camp Monday, and the general feeling was the streaky winger won't be missed.

The Sabres severed ties with Satan, making him an unrestricted free agent. He signed with the New York Islanders last month.

"To be honest with you, I just think it was time for Miro to move on," said Sabres center Daniel Briere. "Miro's a great hockey player, but I don't think he had any chemistry with the players that we have here."

Satan's style rubbed many of his former teammates the wrong way, and he often clashed with coach Lindy Ruff.

"His (player-coach) relationship ran into some stale points," said Sabres center Chris Drury, "and I think it was best for everybody that he got a fresh start."

Said Ruff: "There was frustration. You all know it. I know it. Nobody should accept losing, and there was games I thought certain players could've made a difference but didn't make a difference. I think he's looking forward to a fresh start. I think our team's looking forward to a fresh attitude."

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All Sabres training camp workouts are open to the public. Today's session in HSBC Arena will begin at 10 a.m. and is scheduled until 2 p.m. A special night practice will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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The Sabres have two non-roster invitees -- defenseman John Adams and goalie Scott Stirling -- in camp for tryouts. The Sabres drafted Adams in the third round in 2002 but lost the Boston College product's rights when they declined to sign him last month. Stirling spent last season with Danbury of the United Hockey League.

Also in camp are 10 unsigned prospects: forwards Branislav Fabry, Dylan Hunter, Patrick Kaleta, Mark Mancari and Marek Zagrapan, defensemen Mike Card, Michael Funk, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Andrej Sekera, and goalie Adam Dennis.

e-mail: tgraham@buffnews.com

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