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Gerbe joining the healthier

The Sabres skated for about 45 minutes today in the Northtown Center of Amherst before heading to the airport and taking off for tomorrow's game in New Jersey. They got Jochen Hecht and Brad Boyes back for last night's win over Washington and are getting closer to the return of Nathan Gerbe as well.

Gerbe skated again in a non-contact role today but passed his concussion testing in the morning and should take a full role in Wednesday's morning skate. That means he's likely less than a week away from returning to the lineup. Gerbe hasn't played since getting drilled from behind Dec. 7 by Philadelphia's Marc-Andre Bourdon.

"Today was a no-contact day, tomorrow we'll start ramping it up," said coach Lindy Ruff. "[Concussions] are all different. Some players have been able to do a pretty heavy workload before they get to the ice, some get on the ice and they're not even close to being ready. In Nathan's case, he got in some pretty good off-ice work. Now after 2-3 days, we'll get a pretty good idea of where he's at."

Click below to hear the full audio from Ruff's meeting today with reporters, including discussion of the team's improved power play, the work of Christian Ehrhoff and the need for the Sabres to forge their first two-game winning streak since early November.

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[AUDIO: Lindy Ruff]