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Sabres

September 28, 2012

Sabres stuck in Rochester trying to embrace unique opportunity

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BUFFALO —

“You can’t come down and just go through the motions,” the high-scoring winger said. “They got to take advantage that they’re playing, that they’re getting an opportunity to play because there’s a lot of guys at the NHL level that aren’t getting a chance to play.”

Notes: General manager Darcy Regier said winger Nathan Gerbe underwent offseason surgery for an undisclosed problem and is fine. … Mancari, who spent a year with Vancouver’s organization after six with Buffalo’s, said he “jumped at” the chance to return this summer. “You can never close a door in hockey,” he said. Mancari’s dropped 20 pounds and is down to 208, his lightest weight since he was 16 years old. He believes improving his foot speed could help him earn more NHL action. … Regier will spend more time scouting juniors and the Amerks during the lockout. He recently watched Mikhail Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick in June, play in Quebec City.

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