BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The banged-up Buffalo Sabres are healthy enough to afford returning three players to the minors.
Forwards Paul Szczechura and Corey Tropp, and defenseman T.J. Brennan were re-assigned to AHL Rochester on Monday. The moves come as the Sabres had several injured regulars back on the ice for practice.
It's a group that included forwards Drew Stafford and Patrick Kaleta and defenseman Robyn Regehr, who each missed at least one game last week.
Forward Tyler Ennis is also considered close to returning after missing 16 games with an ankle injury.
The Sabres are 3-3-1 in their past seven and were minus nine regulars -- including goalie Ryan Miller (concussion) -- in a 5-1 win over Washington on Saturday. Buffalo hosts the New York Islanders on Tuesday.