“Quite a bit bigger than his dad was,” Ruff said. “When you look at it, he’s physically intimidating. I’ve seen him in training camp stuff and intrasquad games where he’s scored a lot nicer goals than that. He has the size that he can create this kind of opportunities.”
Ruff had said he expected Vanek, who absorbed a big hit Thursday from Boston’s Johnny Boychuk, to miss another game. The Austrian hadn’t even skated.
But Vanek participated in the morning skate Monday, and then said he planned to return.
Vanek played the right wing early, a rarity this season.
It’s believed Vanek has been nursing a shoulder injury for a couple of months. He said the hit didn’t re-aggravate anything, however.
Meanwhile, defenseman Andrej Sekera’s flu has worsened to pneumonia.
“Sekera has taken another turn for the worse,” Ruff said. “He hasn’t even left home yet.”
Ruff wouldn’t say if Ellis’ season is over.
“I’m not going to put a timeframe on it but it’s not good news,” he said.
The Sabres held a moment of silence prior to the game for Rick Martin, the legendary goal scorer who died suddenly a year ago.