Maine Hockey Journal

Weber is summoned by Buffalo

Portland, ME – Prior to practice, the Portland Pirates found themselves down a defenseman, and not due to injury.

Pirates’ defenseman Mike Weber was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres this morning and is expected to be in the lineup for Buffalo when they play the Ottawa Senators at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY.

Weber was summoned as a result of an injury suffered by Henrik Tallinder in the Sabres last game against Colorado, but Weber wasn’t an automatic decision to head to Buffalo as Portland currently boasts several players who could have earned the recall to Buffalo.

“Good thing for us was a lot of guys who had the ability to get that phone call right now,” said Pirates head coach Kevin Dineen. “There is some really good D here and that’s a good sign that our defense is playing some really good hockey.”

Weber, 20, has played in five games with the Pirates this season, going scoreless with plus-2 rating. Despite his age, he’s been a veteran presence on the blueline that has three rookies in the line up.

Last year, Weber spent 59 games with – then Sabres affiliate – the Rochester Americans where he scored 14 points (1g, 13a) and was a plus/minus-14 rating. However, it was his time in Buffalo, which showcased his defensive talent, as he was a plus-12 rating in only 16 games along with three assists.

Dineen didn’t indicate how long Weber would be gone, but said that he wasn’t looking to sign anybody at the moment as it was a day-to-day situation and other transactions could come down from Buffalo.

Also missing from Pirates practice was forwards Dylan Hunter and Mathieu Darche.

Hunter injured his left foot in Portland’s 5-4 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday and was going to be re-evaluated today.

Darche was out with what Dineen termed a maintenance day.

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