And no, this is not a very late blog in reference to Briere and Drury.
Lindy Ruff told the media yesterday that the 2.5 year pairing of defenseman Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman is no more. The Sabres top shutdown pairing the past two seasons will be split up, at least for the time being.
In order to spread out the wealth in regards to the recent heart surgery of Teppo Numminen, Ruff has paired Tallinder with Brian Campbell as his number 1 pair, and Toni Lydman will join Jaroslav Spacek on the number 2 pair. Dmitri Kalinin and Nathan Paetsch will likely be the third pair for the season opener against the Islanders, with likely one of the Rochester defenseman serving as the 7th, likely to be Andrej Sekera.