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The Buffalo Sabres have sent rookie goalie Daren Puppa to their

December 17, 1985

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The Buffalo Sabres have sent rookie goalie Daren Puppa to their minor league farm team and recalled former National Hockey League veterans Paul Gardner and Jacques Cloutier, according to team spokesman Gerry Helper.

Puppa, who became the 18th goalie to record a shutout in his National Hockey League debut when he beat the Edmonton Oilers earlier this season, was sent Monday to the Sabres’ American Hockey League franchise, the Rochester Americans.

In seven games with the Sabres, Puppa, who led Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to the Division I collegiate championship last season, had a 3.14 goals-against average this season.

Gardner, a center who played nine NHL seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, was signed as a free agent by the Sabres during the off-season after being named the AHL Most Valuable Player in 1985.

Gardner, who scored 36 goals for Pittsburgh during 1981-82, was leading the Americans in goals scored with 20 goals in 27 games. He also had 26 assists.

Cloutier, a goaltender who played for the first time in a year last month after recovering from a knee injury, has played 33 NHL games over three seasons with Buffalo.

In 12 games in Rochester, Cloutier was 8-2-2 and had a 2.94 goals against average.

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