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How Many Centers does Buffalo Have Left?
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Oct 14th 2008 9:32PM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, NHL General, NHL InjuriesIt’s a good question, honestly, as the Sabres prepare for their 3rd game of the season with 23 year-old Clarke MacArthur (CMac or the LIl’ General to the faithful) filling in for “Broken” Jochen Hecht after Hecht underwent surgery today to repair a broken finger. This now marks the 3rd pivot that the Sabres have on the injured list to start this young season. Perennial question-mark Tim Connolly is out indefinitely with a fractured vertebrae while Paul Gaustad tore a ligament in his thumb beating up Marc-Andre Bergeron in the pre-season, which required surgery to repair and three to four weeks to heal. I’m not expecting Goose to return until the end of October.

MacArthur, a product of the WHL and on the bubble at the start of camp, will take over for Hecht between Jason Pominville and Daniel Paille on what is, nominally, Buffalo’s 2nd line. CMac is a Left-Wing by trade and training but has been pressed into this centerman role in the past.

The part many have to be wondering about is why they didn’t decide to bring up either Marek Zagrapan or Nathan Gerbe from Portland, as it would seem the obvious move. I have to think that with the game tomorrow night in New York and Friday’s home at The Bank that there’s no point since neither of them would see the ice against the 5-0-0 New York Rangers anyways. If the MacArthur experiment fails then Matt Ellis has more experience, if less skill, and neither Gerbe or Zags would help provide the disciplined positional/defensive game needed to play Top 6 minutes against the likes of Drury and/or Gomez.

The biggest issue is the loss of Hecht himself. He’s such a smart and capable hockey player in all three zones of the ice that it’s not possible to replace, espeically in the context of Connolly and Gaustad’s absence. The challenges of the 82 game season start early for many teams. With two impressive wins to start the season it will be interesting to see how this unit handles this setback.

Ta,


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