BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ryan Miller did not practice Saturday morning and the Buffalo Sabres gave no reason for their starting goalie’s absence.
The Sabres have called up goalie Matt Hackett from AHL Rochester.
Also, defenseman Alexander Sulzer has been recalled by the Sabres after Henrik Tallinder sustained an upper body injury Friday night against Ottawa.
Sulzer cleared waivers Monday after failing to make the team out of training camp and was sent to Rochester. The 6-foot-1 defenseman has 12 points in 32 games with the Sabres since being acquired at the 2012 NHL trade deadline.
The Sabres did not have an update on Tallinder’s condition.
Bruins give Seidenberg 4-year deal
The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a contract extension, rewarding the defensemen that twice helped them reach the Stanley Cup final with $16 million over the next four years.
“He’s been one of our core guys since we got him,” general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters. “ ‘D’ like Dennis are hard to find. The way that he plays, it’s hard to find.”
The deal, which has an average cap value of $4 million, would keep Seidenberg in Boston through the 2017-18 season. He said it gives him a no-trade clause for the first 30 months, with a limited no-trade clause over the next 30 months.
Chiarelli said this week that signing Seidenberg, who could have become a free agent at the end of the season, was the organization’s top priority.
“I wanted to be here. They wanted me here. Both sides gave a little bit,” Seidenberg said after the Bruins opened with a 3-1 victory over the Lightning. “I’m really happy to be here for five years.”
In 10 NHL seasons, plus one game, Seidenberg has 34 goals and 154 assists. As Zdeno Chara’s partner on the Bruins’ No. 1 defensive pairing, Seidenberg helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011.
Maple Leafs’ Kulemin out at least 2 weeks
Nikolai Kulemin will miss at least two weeks with a bone chip in his ankle
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Saturday the winger blocked a shot with his foot in practice Friday and could have played hurt for a month. Instead, the team and doctors decided to put Kulemin in a walking boot and not take the chance of making it worse.
Carlyle said it was not a displaced fracture, which is why Kulemin would have been able to continue playing. But the Leafs will be without him starting Saturday night in their home opener against the Ottawa Senators.
Spencer Abbott was recalled from AHL Toronto to take his place on the second line with Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri.
Canadiens practice in town of train derailment
The Montreal Canadiens held practice on Thursday in the disaster-stricken town of Lac-Megantic to show support for the community in which dozens were killed in a train derailment in July.
The team rolled into town on a bus that also carried Canadiens owner Geoff Molson and general manager Marc Bergevin.
Forty-seven people were killed, and a part of the town was razed, when a train derailed on July 5, smashed into the town center and erupted in fireballs.
“Driving down the road, you take a deep breath. It’s hard. It’s hard to see it,” Molson said. “But at the same time the people are here today, and they’re happy, and it looks like the city is being rebuilt, so that gives me pleasure at the same time.”
Cheers from the 1,300 people in the arena greeted the Canadiens as they took the ice, with local kids tapping on the glass to get the attention of players and request autographs.
It was the latest in a string of goodwill gestures directed at the community, following benefit shows and free concert tickets from Paul McCartney.
Sabres LW Leino out with broken rib
Oft-injured Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino is out of the lineup once again, this time because of a broken rib.
Coach Ron Rolston that Leino is out indefinitely after he was hurt in Buffalo’s season-opening 2-1 loss at Detroit.
Rolston said Leino was hurt in the first period, but continued playing. The severity of the injury wasn’t revealed until Leino was examined before practice Thursday.
Leino played in just eight games last season because of a hip injury. He also missed 10 games the previous season with a broken foot after being signed to a six-year, $27-million contract.
Forward Marcus Foligno (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday, but is not expected to play until next week.
Buffalo opens its home schedule against Ottawa on Friday.
Outburst costly to Roy
Patrick Roy says he has been fined $10,000 by the NHL on Thursday for his emotional outburst the night before in his Colorado Avalanche coaching debut.
Soon after the final horn of a 6-1 win, Roy yelled at Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau and then pounded on the glass partition separating the two benches. Roy was livid over a late knee-to-knee hit on rookie Nathan MacKinnon.
Roy said he will “always defend my players.”
The animated Hall of Fame goalie was far from pleased with Boudreau, who took exception to Roy talking to his players and referees. Roy said: “What Boudreau said was all lies. … When you’re lying, this is classless.”
Captain Gabriel Landeskog missed practice Thursday with a leg injury. Roy said he’s being examined by a doctor.
A Wild time for Pominville
The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Jason Pominville to a five-year contract extension.
The Wild announced the signing on Thursday in advance of the team’s season opener against the Kings. Terms were not disclosed.
Pominville came to Minnesota from Buffalo last year in a trade for well-regarded prospects Matt Hackett and Johan Larsson. Pominville had four goals and five assists in 10 games for the Wild last season before the 2012 All-Star went down with a concussion.
Getting the deal done before the season started was a priority both for Pominville and the Wild.