Matt Ellis clears waivers, heads to AHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres finalized their 23-man roster Wednesday, as veteran forward Matt Ellis cleared waivers and will join goalie Jhonas Enroth in Portland of the American Hockey League.

Ellis played in 72 games for the Sabres last season, but became expendable when Buffalo signed veteran free agent Rob Niedermayer.

Meanwhile, coach Lindy Ruff said that both injured left winger Thomas Vanek (head) and defenseman Craig Rivet (throat) have a good chance of being ready for Friday's season opener at Ottawa after they both skated in practice Wednesday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.