Earlier this morning, the Buffalo Sabres announced that Luke Adam, Brayden McNabb, and Mark Pysyk had been reassigned to the Amerks, and Chad Ruhwedel and Kevin Porter had been recalled to the Sabres.
Considering the direction that Lafontaine and Nolan seem to be taking the team, none of these moves are a huge surprise. They seem to be walking a fine line between adding team leadership, and evaluating talent.
After years of speculation, the Sabres and Amerks finally announced last March that an outdoor hockey game would finally be held in Rochester at Frontier Field.
In August, they announced that the date would be December 13th, 2013, and that the opponent would be the Lake Erie Monsters.
Finally, the day is here!
Here’s a primer for everything you need to know about tonight’s festivities.
When the Sabres made front office changes last week, President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine and Interim Head Coach Ted Nolan indicated that they had a different blueprint for the Sabres this season.
The team was performing poorly. There was a question as to whether the top prospects in Buffalo would develop properly. And the fans were restless. The new regime needed to make changes.
On Tuesday, the Sabres announced several roster moves. Nikita Zadorov was sent back to his junior team, and Johan Larsson and Rasmus Ristolainen were sent down to the Amerks. These moves left the Sabres with the minimum 18 skaters for last night’s game against St. Louis.
This morning, the Sabres have announced the recalls of Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb from Rochester. These are the right moves for the future of the organization, but will hurt the Amerks.
In news that is breaking to absolutely nobody at this point, the Buffalo Sabres have relieved General Manager Darcy Regier and Head Coach Ron Rolston of their duties. Immediate changes include the hiring of Pat LaFontaine as the President of Hockey Operations and Ted Nolan as interim head coach.
Obviously this has an immediate impact on the Sabres… but with new folks in charge of personnel decisions, it may have implications on the Amerks roster also.
The Rochester Americans took on the North Divion leading Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena and came away with a 5-3 victory. With goals from Mike Zigomanis, Matt Ellis, Frederick Roy, and Chad Ruhwedel who had 2 they led 4-1 going into the third. Just like the Marlies did last saturday the Bulldogs fought their way back with goals from Joonas Nattinen, and Louis Leblanc in the third. Steven Andrighetto also scored a goal in the second.
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I’ve had some form of Rochester Americans season tickets for close to 20 years now, and was a fan for a number of years before that.
I’ve seen the good on this team, including a stretch of *6* Calder Cup final appearances over 11 seasons from 1989-90 thru 1999-2000… even if only 1 of them resulted in a championship.
I’ve seen the bad, including the Amerks current stretch of not winning a single playoff series since 2005.
And based on the way Sabres GM Darcy Regier seems intent on rebuilding, I think we’re at the beginning of “The Ugly” for Rochester Americans fans.
It was announced today that Kevin Porter has cleared waiver for the Amerks, and will be with the team for Saturday night’s game in Toronto. This puts the Amerks in a position they’re rarely in: Which veteran do they scratch?
The rules in the AHL are very clear. There is a 6 veteran limit that can be dressed for any single game. Only 5 players with at least 320 games of professional experience , plus 1 additional player with 260 or more games of professional experience, can play. (The games are career totals as of the beginning of the current season)
With the addition of Kevin Porter to the Amerks lineup, they have 6 players with 320 or more games under their belt.
Who will get scratched?