Former Sabres Foligno and Ennis return

November 22, 2017 - 1:05 pm
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Marcus Foligno and Tyler Ennis will be back in Buffalo for the first time since they were traded to Minnesota.

In 19 games, Foligno has three goals and four assists for seven points. Ennis has played 20 games and has three goals and two assists for five points.

Foligno’s sister Cara still lives in Buffalo and works for the Sabres organization, so he has people to see. He said it was surreal entering the arena today, “It was really weird. I came through the HarborCenter walkway too, to that was really strange. I haven’t done that since we practiced at the HarborCenter. Going down the highway to a hotel instead of staying at your own place was different too.”

When Foligno was in Buffalo, it was mostly losing and trying to get into position to draft Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. Foligno said losing is not an option with the Wild, “Personally you never want to lose, I just think it was if we put forth a good effort, it was OK and if you look at the teams that we had, you need to have the depth and we really didn’t have that.

“We always relied on two lines and here, you can see the depth.”

Foligno was never bitter about the trade because he knew why it was made, “I’m not bitter at all, with getting Scandella, they needed someone on the backend, so it was a trade where both teams needed the guys they were trading for and I’m happy to be on a team that can make a push for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup.”

Many players come back to Buffalo and get booed. Just ask Danny Briere and Brian Campbell. Foligno hopes the fans appreciated him, “I don’t know, it should be interesting. I’d like to think they appreciated my time here and I appreciated it here too, I loved being in Buffalo and it’s my home as well being born here, so maybe I’ll hear a boo or two, but hopefully nothing too loud.”

As for Ennis, he got tired of the losing and thinks there a difference between the two organizations, “I would just say the culture, right? Coming to a team that’s goal is to win the Stanley Cup and Buffalo’s still in the rebuild and on this team, the goal is to win the Cup, so it’s fun to be a part of.”

Ennis hadn’t been the same in Buffalo after suffering two major concussions. Now that he’s played games with the Wild, he knows he needed a change, “Yes, I think so. When there’s that much turnover every year, it’s almost expected, you’re used to it, you’re comfortable, when there’s that much going on, you’re almost anticipating things to happen, so it’s good to be part of the Minnesota Wild.

“I miss Buffalo a lot, it’s nice to be back to see people, but it’s really fun to be part of Minnesota.”

Ennis had some good times in this city. He said it will always stay with him, “You can never forget where you came from and Buffalo gave me with opportunity to play in the NHL and I’m very thankful and grateful for that and it should be a special night.”

You can hear more from Ennis and Foligno on the pregame with Schopp and the Bulldog from (716) Food and Sport starting at 6:00.

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