It was a relatively quiet day for the Buffalo Sabres coming off their second win of the season. With three games in four days including hosting the Montreal Canadiens on Friday and the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, there were a number of players missing from the 45-minute practice at HarborCenter Thursday morning.
"We had, I’m not going to be able to count the number, six guys have a maintenance day off the ice," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "The minutes that we played and playing three in four days, it was a coach's decision to keep them off the ice."
Bylsma noted there were no new injuries.
With the Canadiens coming to town on Friday, Montreal reporters were at practice asking about every visiting media member's favorite topic: Jack Eichel.
"We have heard some things for a year now about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel with words like ‘franchise’ and ‘generational.’ I’m not sure he hears it," Bylsma said. "I’m not sure he has that in mind that he’s up-and-coming or the face of the NHL or a franchise player. He’s trying to be a good player. He’s trying to be good on the ice and I don’t think he hears those voices from the outside. And he plays like it. I don’t think he plays with the pressure of those words."
In transaction news, defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti cleared waivers and was assigned to Rochester.