I made it to Buffalo. No snow on the ground, but it’s cold.
Plenty of people waiting to see Max Afinogenov when he arrived for the team’s optional morning skate. He talked to former teammates and a (very) small media contingent waited for him after practice.
He said it was a weird feeling being back in Buffalo.
“It was definitely a weird feeling,” Afinogenov said. “This was my home for a long time. … I would be a liar if I said I was not [going to be nervous]. Hopefully it will just be at the start of the game and everything will calm down.”
He will be the top item to my game notes.
I also talked to Evander Kane about the goal Friday against Martin Brodeur. Here’s what he had to say.
“You know you are going against a world class goalie so with that there’s a little something more added to it,” Kane said. “But at the same time, it’s just another goal and it doesn’t matter who the goalie is for me.”
Pretty telling of where he is as an NHL player.
It was an optional skate, but few players skipped it.
As I let you know early yesterday, Johan Hedberg will get his first start in goal.
Enjoy the game tonight. I understand there is a viewing party at TJ’s.