“He’s a heck of a player,” Tropp said. “He loves the game. We have a lot of fun. … He’s always in the right place, a good option to make a play to. He sees the ice real well and gets the puck back to you. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Sabres defenseman Mike Weber – who replaced Christian Ehrhoff (knee) following a four-game absence – left the game after taking a hit from Matt Cooke, returned and departed again.
“The fact he came back, tried to play and couldn’t play tells me that he’ll at least be out (tonight),” Ruff said.
A recall is likely coming.
Notes: Prior to the game, the Sabres named captain Jason Pominville team MVP, goalie Jhonas Enroth rookie of the year and winger Patrick Kaleta unsung hero. … The Sabres scratched also scratched forward Matt Ellis (knee), winger Nathan Gerbe (muscle pull) and center Jochen Hecht (concussion). Ellis participated in the morning skate, but is still “a ways away,” Ruff said. … Center Derek Roy battled a migraine Friday but appears probable for tonight.