Sabres send Enroth to Portland

The Buffalo Sabres finalized their 23-man roster Wednesday by

assigning goalie Jhonas Enroth to Portland of the American Hockey

League.

The team also announced forward Matt Ellis cleared waivers and

also will going to Portland.

Ellis played in 72 games for the Sabres last season, but became

expendable when Buffalo signed veteran free- agent Rob

Niedermayer.

Meanwhile, coach Lindy Ruff said that both injured forward

Thomas Vanek (head) and defenseman Craig Rivet (throat) have a good

chance of being ready for Friday’s season opener at Ottawa after

they both skated in practice.

Buffalo also signed 11-year NHL veteran forward Mark Parrish and

loaned him to Portland. Parrish spent the preseason with Buffalo on

a tryout contract.