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Monday, January 26, 2015

BUFFALO — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will suspend defenseman Nikita Zadorov, who missed today’s practice, for failure to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break.

“We anticipate Nikita joining the team at some point during this week’s western road trip,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray.

The team also recalled a pair of players from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League including forward Matt Ellis and goaltender Matt Hackett.

Ellis (6’0”, 208 lbs., 8/31/81) will join the Sabres for his second recall of the 2014-15 season after appearing in four NHL games leading up to the All-Star break. In parts of nine NHL seasons with the Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings, Ellis has appeared in 321 games and recorded 47 points (20+27).

Serving as an alternate captain for the Amerks this season, Ellis has played in 38 games and tallied 13 points so far in 2014-15.

A Welland, Ontario native, Ellis joined the Sabres organization in 2008 and signed a two-year contract with the club in July 2013.

Hackett was called up to replace injured goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

“Michal sustained a lower-body injury while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time,” said Sabres General Manager Tim Murray. “He will not join the team for our trip out west this week.”

Hackett (6’2”, 171 lbs., 3/7/90), who began the season on injured reserve with the Sabres, returns to Buffalo after joining the Americans before the AHL All-Star break in January for his first three starts of the season.

The London, Ontario native appeared in eight games for the Sabres during the 2013-14 season, including a 35-save performance in his Sabres debut, a 3-1 win at Edmonton. Hackett has appeared in 21 NHL games in parts of three seasons with the Sabres and Minnesota Wild, compiling a .912 save percentage and a 2.82 goals-against average.

Hackett was drafted by Minnesota in the third round (77th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and acquired by the Sabres on April 3, 2013.

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