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Ruff and ready: Sabres coach has plans in place for start of shortened NHL season

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    In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, Buffalo Sabres players skate during NHL hockey practice in Amherst, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

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    Former Buffalo Sabres player Andrew Peters, left, and Sabres players chat during an NHL hockey workout in Amherst, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

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    Buffalo Sabres' Matt Ellis skates onto the ice with a bucket of pucks and water bottles during NHL hockey practice in Amherst, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/David Duprey)The Associated Press

The only thing missing on coach Lindy Ruff's calendar is a day when the Buffalo Sabres can open training camp now that an NHL labor agreement is nearly in place.

Otherwise, Ruff's plans are firmly in order in preparing for a tight turnaround in which the Sabres — and everyone else — will have little time to be ready for a regular season expected to open within 10 days.

Ruff, on Wednesday, says he has two practice schedules drawn up. One is in the event training camp opens Sunday, and another if it's pushed back a day. With no time to squeeze in preseason games, Ruff raised the possibility of the Sabres scrimmaging against Rochester, their American Hockey League affiliate.

And he's already penciled in his top three lines.