Injured Sabres Sniper Thomas Vanek May Return Soon

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas
may not be out as long as originally expected, and could miss only a few
days rather than weeks.

Coach Lindy Ruff said on Wednesday that Vanek's upper
body injury sustained in Tuesday's win over Detroit isn't as bad as first
thought. Following the game, Ruff said Vanek would be out for "some time,"
referencing weeks as a timetable.

"He's actually feeling a lot better," Ruff said. "He's
doing remarkably well."

Ruff added that he wasn't going to rule Vanek out for
Buffalo's two games this weekend. The Sabres host the New York Islanders on
Friday and Atlanta on Saturday.

Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer, did not return after
scoring his second goal of the game in the second period against Detroit.

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