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Vanek could return for weekend

Updated: October 14, 2009, 2:28 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The Buffalo Sabres got great news Wednesday when they discovered star winger Thomas Vanek was not as seriously injured as first believed.

Head coach Lindy Ruff feared after Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings that Vanek would be out for "weeks" with what had only been described as an "upper body injury."

But that diagnosis apparently changed dramatically overnight.

"He came today a lot better. He may be available to play on the weekend," Ruff told ESPN.com ...

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