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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:00 am

BUFFALO  — So far, eight Sabres  — about one-third of the roster  — have taken temporary (or maybe not-so-temporary) European gigs during the NHL lockout.

If the stoppage drags on, expect more to bolt overseas. Some Sabres have said they’ll look for work if there’s no agreement reached by Christmas or the beginning of 2013.

Remember, players aren’t going to Europe for the money. Most are receiving a pittance of what they should be getting paid in the NHL. They just want to play and stay sharp.

Here are some updates on the Sabres currently playing in Europe:

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, Krefield Penguins, DEL, Germany

The German, a veteran of four DEL seasons prior to coming to North America in 2003, has eight goals, 14 points, 22 penalty minutes and a plus-6 rating in 18 games. Ehrhoff has the type of gaudy numbers one might expect an elite NHL defender to have in a lesser league.

Center Tyler Ennis, SCL Tigers, National League A, Switzerland

Ennis, who ended last season scorching, has only two goals, six points and is a minus-6 in eight games. A shoulder injury recently sidelined him several contests, a team spokesman said.

Goalie Jhonas Enroth, Altuma, Allsvenskan, Sweden

Enroth, who was so desperate to play he planned to tend goal for his friend’s Buffalo beer league team, has a 2.71 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in three games. He posted a 2.50 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in two earlier appearances with Huddinge IK, a low-level team in his native Sweden.

Defenseman Tyler Myers, Klagenfurter AC, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, Austria

Based on his numbers, Myers hasn’t acclimated well to the larger ice surface. The 22-year-old, an elite defenseman at times over his three NHL seasons, has just one goal, five points, 24 penalty minutes and a minus-6 rating in 11 appearances.

Defenseman Andrej Sekera, Bratislava Slovana, KHL, Slovakia

Sekera has two goals, seven points, two penalty minutes and a plus-2 rating in 13 games. The Slovak, a supreme skater, has occasionally looked capable of being a 40-point NHL defenseman. Perhaps he’s thriving on the larger European ice surface.

Defenseman Alexander Suzler, Ingolstadt ERC, DEL, Germany

The German, a DEL veteran like Ehrhoff, his Sabres defense partner, has one goal, seven points, two penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating in nine games.

Winger Thomas Vanek, Graz 99ers, Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, Austria

Vanek, who recently returned home from his native Austria, finished with five goals, 15 points, four penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating in 11 games.

Defenseman Mike Weber, Lorenskog, Norway

Weber signed his deal last week and is expected to play soon.

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