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Bad for the Goose

The news that forward Paul Gaustad is out possibly a month with a ligament tear in his thumb is an initial shock. He's part of the team's physical conscience, a guy who's good at faceoffs and is well-liked in the dressing room. He will be missed by the Sabres.

The question becomes: How much will they miss him? Surprisingly, I don't think it'll be all that much, on the ice anyway. The top three lines could look like this:

Thomas Vanek-Derek Roy-Maxim Afinogenov; Daniel Paille-Jochen Hecht-Jason Pominville; and Ales Kotalik-Tim Connolly-Drew Stafford.

Certainly, that's a less physical lineup now. But the Sabres' depth is at a spot where it can hold on without Gaustad for the time being.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

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Amy Moritz

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