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Injured Myers no closer to return

It's been exactly six weeks since Tyler Myers broke his wrist. The original plan called for him to be back in four to six weeks.

The plan has changed.

The Buffalo Sabres' defenseman still has no timetable for a return to the lineup. Myers missed Friday night's 3-1 loss to Washington, and he'll be scratched for the 18th straight time tonight when the Sabres host Ottawa in First Niagara Center.

"It's not quite where it needs to be for me to jump back in," Myers said Friday in Verizon Center. "It's a tough bone to break. There's not much blood supply. It's just taking a little longer than we hoped for. I'll come back as soon as I'm ready. It's just a matter of making sure I don't come back too early to put it at risk for reinjury."

Myers has been skating with the Sabres, but he's only lightly passing and shooting. The wrist, obviously, is vital for those activities. Some hockey people say an ankle injury is the most debilitating because it impacts the skating, but Myers is siding with wrist surgery.

"This bone is at least proving to me that it's just as frustrating," he said. "It's just a matter of staying positive. No point in rushing something that could be at risk for a rebreak. It's just a matter of getting to the point where I feel comfortable."

Myers had the right wrist wrapped in tape during Friday's skate. He had been wearing a hard splint, which he prefers.

"It feels better when I have the splint on, on the ice. It's more solid," Myers said. "I've kind of been going back and forth this week. It was a little sore last week, so I was wearing the splint for the last few days. Went back to the tape [Friday], and it's still a little tender."

Myers has a CAT scan scheduled for Monday. He expects it to show a healing bone, but that doesn't mean it is a bone that's ready for the rigors of hockey.

"The last CAT scan looked pretty good, so I think this one will be close to the same," he said. "For me, it needs to feel right. It needs to feel where it needs to be for me to come back."

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The Sabres have locked up another prospect, agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract with Jerome Gauthier-Leduc. The first year of the deal will be worth $615,000, followed by salaries of $665,000 and $715,000.

The defenseman, selected in the third round of the 2010 entry draft, has had a high-scoring season in juniors. He has 20 goals and 51 assists in 35 games with Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He opened the season with a 12-game point streak that included goals in eight straight games, setting the league record for blue-liners.

"Jerome has continued to improve as a player since we selected him," Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said in a statement. "His play in Rimouski this season demonstrates the offensive abilities that he possesses."

The 19-year-old, who is 6-foot-1, 188 pounds, has 59 goals and 170 points in 216 games in junior.

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The Sabres host Ottawa tonight in First Niagara Center, a game that features the return of "Tux and Pucks."

The Sabres' alumni association will conduct six raffles, with a grand prize guaranteed to be at least $20,011. That will be followed by five more drawings, each worth $2,012. Tickets, which cost $1 each, will support the Junior Sabres, the Alumni Scholarship Program and the Sabres' foundation.

Fans will also receive New Year's Eve handouts upon entering the arena. Tuxedos will be available at Tuxedo Junction up until the 7 p.m. game time, with fans able to get a complete tuxedo for $20.12 by showing their ticket.

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The Sabres' final set of "slug" jerseys are up for auction. The sweaters, worn during the 2009-10 season, are the final ones to feature the design of the legless, charging buffalo. They are available for bid at Auctions.NHL.com until 9 p.m. Jan. 8. Proceeds benefit the Sabres Foundation.

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