BUFFALO (LGS) — The Buffalo Sabres recalled Daniel Paille from Rochester this morning. The left winger leads the Americans in scoring with three goals and 10 assists for 13 points on the season.
Paille will most likely play wing on the fourth line with Adam Mair and Paul Gaustad.
Mair and Gaustad have both stepped up their game in the past two weeks and it appears more than likely that head coach Lindy Ruff wants to run the line more consistently.
In case you missed our one-on-one with Paille last week, make sure to click on the Bonus Coverage link.
Toni Lydman took in a full practice with the team this morning. The defenseman is suffering from an apparent neck strain.
Ruff said there still is no timetable on his return but he is making progress. Rookie Michael Funk will get his second NHL start tonight in place of Lydman.
Sabres fans have their first trade rumor of the season! Normally, LGS.com will not post any trade rumor unless we feel it has some sort of merit; however, news is somewhat slow today and the thought of this trade happening -- which it definitely won't -- is rather intriguing.
Garth from HockeyBuzz.com is reporting the Chicago Blackhawks are interested in dealing with the Sabres. Scouts for the Hawks have been seen a few of Buffalo's recent games. The HockeyBuzz.com trade rumor has Brent Seabrook coming to Buffalo in exchange for Ales Kotalik.
Darcy Regier has made some masterful deals in his time with Buffalo but if this trade ever went through, masterful would be an understatement.
The 21-year-old Seabrook is a 6'3" defenseman that is highly regarded around the league. For the Sabres to pry him away from Chicago would take at least a younger player like Daniel Paille or Jiri Novotny in addition to Kotalik.
Then again, Buffalo has had a history of taking Chicago to the cleaners. In August of 1992, the Sabres acquired Dominik Hasek from the Blackhawks for Stephane Beauregard. Who?
In spring of 2000, the Sabres traded a disgruntled and unproductive Michal Grosek for Doug Gilmour. That trade in and of itself would have been a steal for Buffalo but Chicago then turned the steal into grand larceny when they decided to thrown in J.P. Dumont as well.
All that being said, the Blackhawks can't be that stupid (again) and the Sabres don't feel they need to make any moves this season unless they get into some serious injury trouble.