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Center of attention Part II

Now for a quick update on who will be standing on that center ice logo that Mike Harrington wrote about this morning (and by the way, it does look cool). Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said he plans to keep Jochen Hecht at center. Hecht moved there from left wing last year to replace the injured Tim Connolly.

What that means is the Sabres' top three centers would be Derek Roy, Hecht and Connolly. Not bad.

"I think if we could come up with Derek Roy, Tim Connolly and Jochen Hecht sitting in the middle, we’re sitting pretty good," Ruff said today. "I don’t know where Adam Mair will be at the end of camp with his injury, whether he’ll be able to play. We’ll know that by the end of the month. But that would put Paul Gaustad back on the wing for us, which I think he’s pretty comfortable there. We’ve liked him playing the wing, so to have top three lines that would have those centermen, I think we’d be in good shape."

The possible top three lines, then, would be:

Thomas Vanek-Derek Roy-Drew Stafford

Daniel Paille-Jochen Hecht-Jason Pominville

Paul Gaustad-Tim Connolly-Ales Kotalik

Again, not bad. For more on Paille, see Friday's paper.

---John Vogl


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