The biggest news coming out of Buffalo since the Terrell Owens signing emanated from Western New York yesterday and today, as Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller got back on the ice for the first time in more than a month.

Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News reports that Miller, who has been out with a severe ankle injury, skated on his own yesterday, and then did the same today before the Sabres practiced as a team.
“That’s what I’m working for,” Miller said about a return to game action before this season. “If I don’t work it and do the things I’m doing, then that becomes a little more difficult. If I keep doing this kind of stuff and working through it, it pushes the timetable way up. I fully expect to play. That’s what’s in my head.”

MK: While Miller might be targeting a return close to the end of the regular season, it’s doubtful the Sabres without him can make those game be meaningful. But if they could pull it off and get a healthy, rested Miller back for a playoff series, that would make them dangerous.

Elsewhere around the division:

•Toronto forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Jason Blake tussled in practice for the second time this season.

•There’s no denying that Ottawa has improved since its coaching switch to Cory Clouston.

•Head coach Bob Gainey had his Montreal Canadiens get back to basics at practice yesterday.