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#1 26CornerBlitz

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 01:51 AM

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GAME DISCUSSION THREAD
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GAME #63: BUF (19-35-8) at FLA (23-32-7) – FRI MAR 7 – 7:30 PM EST – MSG-B, BELL TVWGR-550

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Final Lineup

23 Ville Leino – 63 Tyler Ennis – 21 Drew Stafford ("A")
44 Nicolas Deslauriers – 19 Cody Hodgson – 82 Marcus Foligno
72 Luke Adam – 65 Brian Flynn – 27 Matt D’Agostini
32 John Scott – 24 Zenon Konopka – 37 Matt Ellis
X: 28 Zemgus Girgensons (LBI), 80 Chris Stewart (LBI), 17 Torrey Mitchell (LBI), 88 Cory Conacher (immigration issues)


10 Christian Ehrhoff ("A") – 52 Alexander Sulzer
6 Mike Weber – 57 Tyler Myers
20 Henrik Tallinder ("A") – 4 Jamie McBain

34 Michal Neuvirth
1 Jhonas Enroth

Lineup News & Notes
F Cory Conacher and C Zenon Konopka were scratches in Thursday's 3-1 win at Tampa Bay.

Weekly Transactions
03/05: Claimed F Cory Conacher off waivers from Ottawa.
03/05: Acquired F Nicolas Deslauriers & F Hudson Fasching from LAK for D Brayden McNabb, F Jonathan Parker, & 2 #2 picks ('14 & '15).
03/05: Acquired G Michal Neuvirth & D Rostislav Klesla from WAS for G Jaroslav Halak & a #3 pick in '15.
03/05: Acquired F Torrey Mitchell & 2 #2 picks ('14 & '16) from MIN for F Matt Moulson & F Cody McCormick.

03/07: Recalled (on an emergency basis) F Luke Adam and F Nicolas Deslauriers from Rochester (AHL).

According to the Stats
In the last 10 games, Buffalo has gone 5-5-0.
Jhonas Enroth has won three of four after having one win prior to that.
Tyler Myers has six points in his past four games.
Cody Hodgson has four points in his past four games.


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Final Lineup

20 Sean Bergenheim – 27 Nick Bjugstad – 24 Brad Boyes
14 Thomas Fleischmann – 67 Vincent Trocheck – 19 Scottie Upshall ("A")
11 Jonathan Huberdeau – 73 Brandon Pirri – 17 Jesse Winchester
21 Krys Barch – 23 Scott Gomez – 12 Jimmy Hayes


51 Brian Campbell ("A") – 77 Tom Gilbert
55 Ed Jovanovski ("C")  – 7 Dmitry Kulikov
4 Dylan Olsen – 44 Erik Gudbranson

1 Roberto Luongo
39 Dan Ellis

Lineup News & Notes
Florida scratched F Scott Gomez and F Shawn Matthias in Tuesday's 4-1 loss at Boston.
F Tomas Kopecky (concussion) and C Alexsander Barkov (knee) are on IR.

Weekly Transactions
03/02: Acquired F Mark Mancari from St Louis for LW Eric Selleck.
03/02: Acquired F Brandon Pirri from Chicago for a #3 pick '14 & #5 pick in '16.
03/04: Traded D Mike Weaver to Montreal for a #5 pick in '15.
03/04: Acquired G Roberto Luongo and F Steve Anthony from Vancouver for F Shawn Matthias and G Jacob Markstom.
03/05: Acquired G Dan Ellis from Dallas for G Tim Thomas.
03/05: Acquired a #5 pick in '14 and a #3 pick in '15 for C Marcel Goc.
03/05: Recalled F Vincent Trocheck from San Antonio (AHL); Reassigned F Drew Shore and G Scott Clemmensen to San Antonio (AHL).
03/05: Agreed to terms with F Brad Boyes on a two-year contract extension.

According to the Stats
In the Last 10 games, Florida has gone 2-8-0.
Sean Bergenheim has four points in his past four games.
Brian Campbell has three points in his past four.


PREGAME LINKS

03/07 – GAME RECAP: SABRES YOUNG LEADERS STEP UP TO BEAT LIGHTNING (Chris Ryndak – Sabres.com)

03/04 – GAME RECAP: Krejci's hat trick lifts Bruins past big-dealing Panthers (Matt Kalman – NHL.com)

03/06 – From The Press Box: Panthers scored big with one of the biggest acquisitions (Alain Poupart – FloridaPanthers.com)

03/07 – Luongo expected to start for Panthers vs. Sabres (Mike Battaglino – NHL.com)


03/05 – GM Dale Tallon talks to the media on the acquisition of Roberto Luongo, other moves on Trade Deadline. <4:09>

03/06 – Peter Horachek talks to the media following practice at Panthers IceDen. <4:27>


03/07 – Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons and Chris Stewart out against Panthers (Bill Hoppe – Olean Times Herald)

03/07 – Game Preview: 3/7/14 at Florida Panthers (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

03/07 – Sabres at Panthers Game Notes PDF (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

03/07 – Press Clips: 3/7/14 at Florida Panthers (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)


03/07 – Panthers GameDay: Mar. 7 vs Buffalo (FloridaPanthers.com)

03/07 – Ted Nolan speaks with the media prior to Friday night's game against the Panthers at BB&T Center. <4:33>

03/07 – SABRES RECALL ADAM, DESLAURIERS (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

03/07 – The Lowdown: Panthers vs Sabres ("Hockey Pat" McGrath – FloridaPanthers.com)

03/07 – Nicolas Deslauriers speaks with the media prior to Friday night's game against the Panthers at BB&T Center. <3:55>

03/07 – Peter Horachek talks to the media following morning skate at BB&T Center.. <4:49>

03/07 – Sabres summon Luke Adam and Nicolas Deslauriers from Amerks on emergency basis (Bill Hoppe – Olean Times Herald)

POSTGAME LINKS

03/07 – NHL POST-GAME NEWSLETTER: Buffalo Sabres @ Florida Panthers (NHL.com)

03/07 – GAME RECAP: SABRES FELLED BY PANTHERS SPECIAL TEAMS (Chris Ryndak – Sabres.com)

03/07 – Brian Duff and Dan Dunleavy recap the Sabres 2-0 loss to the Panthers. <4:19>

03/07 – Ted Nolan speaks with the media following the Sabres 2-0 loss to the Panthers. <2:59>

03/07 – Nicolas Deslauriers speaks with Brian Duff following the Sabres 2-0 loss to the Panthers. <2:51>

03/07 – Christian Ehrhoff speaks with the media following the Sabres 2-0 loss to the Panthers. <1:19>

03/07 – Marcus Foligno speaks with the media following the Sabres 2-0 loss to the Panthers. <2:35>

03/07 – Michal Neuvirth speaks with Brian Duff following the Sabres 2-0 loss to the Panthers. <1:48>

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:26 AM

TANK ON!

Previous tanks haven't worked, time to use the old ingenuity.

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AA and minesweeping assets have only been partially successful.  Army Air Combat Controller has tasked air assets to the theater.



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Posted 07 March 2014 - 02:46 AM

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 03:58 AM

This is realy strange, but do you think the Sabres are going to blow the first pick in the draft?  They just went 4-1 and a number of players (Meyers, Ennis, Stafford) seem to be playing with some fire in them.  I never thought I'd want them to lose....

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 06:55 AM

Yes we found our fist line LW in waivers ;)

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:01 AM

as usual...26 on the ball.  

Actually, probably going to miss this game.  Getting drinks and what not after work to celebrate the successful (*fingers crossed*) ending of our audit.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:24 AM

View PostSaudi Arabia Rob, on 07 March 2014 - 03:58 AM, said:

This is realy strange, but do you think the Sabres are going to blow the first pick in the draft?  They just went 4-1 and a number of players (Meyers, Ennis, Stafford) seem to be playing with some fire in them.  I never thought I'd want them to lose....
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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:40 AM

I may actually get to watch some of this game. Been working a lot at night lately.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 08:56 AM

How will Neuvirth fare in his venture into the tank shooting gallery??

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:02 AM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 07 March 2014 - 08:56 AM, said:

How will Neuvirth fare in his venture into the tank shooting gallery??
I am guessing we see him pulled in period 2.  It will take him a bit to get his game together.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:11 AM

03/07 – Game Preview: 3/7/14 at Florida Panthers (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

03/07 – Sabres at Panthers Game Notes PDF (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

03/07 – Press Clips: 3/7/14 at Florida Panthers (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:18 AM

View PostLGR4GM, on 07 March 2014 - 09:02 AM, said:

I am guessing we see him pulled in period 2.  It will take him a bit to get his game together.

sadly, I won't be surprised.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:22 AM

03/07 – Panthers GameDay: Mar. 7 vs Buffalo (FloridaPanthers.com)

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:48 AM

View PostBRAWNDO, on 07 March 2014 - 08:56 AM, said:

How will Neuvirth fare in his venture into the tank shooting gallery??

Sabres shot differential during this little post Olympic "tear": -16.6

It's great how well Enroth is playing, but the rate of victories is unsustainable as long as that number stays near where it is.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 09:58 AM

View PostClaude_Verret, on 07 March 2014 - 09:48 AM, said:

Sabres shot differential during this little post Olympic "tear": -16.6

It's great how well Enroth is playing, but the rate of victories is unsustainable as long as that number stays near where it is.

Ahhh. Tanks. I was worried there.

As always, Go Sabres !

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:01 AM

View PostSaudi Arabia Rob, on 07 March 2014 - 03:58 AM, said:

This is realy strange, but do you think the Sabres are going to blow the first pick in the draft? They just went 4-1 and a number of players (Meyers, Ennis, Stafford) seem to be playing with some fire in them.  I never thought I'd want them to lose....

View Postinkman, on 07 March 2014 - 08:24 AM, said:

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SPOILER ALERT: Yes.  The Sabres are going to blow their draft status this year.  Next year too.  This is what they do.  This is ALL they do.  If they gave out banners for teams playing well late in the season after sucking for the most of the year, we'd be the most storied franchise in the league at this point.

And, no, none of these late runs ever amount to anything.  We can have the best record in hockey from January 1st through the end of the regular season and then be absolutely terrible again come October, November, and December.  The ending to the movie doesn't change no matter how many times you watch the Blu Ray.

View PostClaude_Verret, on 07 March 2014 - 09:48 AM, said:

Sabres shot differential during this little post Olympic "tear": -16.6

It's great how well Enroth is playing, but the rate of victories is unsustainable as long as that number stays near where it is.
"They're going to completely tank now......OK, now......OK, NOW.......OK, that's a few more wins in a row but NOW!.....with the latest injuries, the tank should really start now......huh, that's weird...."

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:08 AM

View PostRobviously, on 07 March 2014 - 10:01 AM, said:

"They're going to completely tank now......OK, now......OK, NOW.......OK, that's a few more wins in a row but NOW!.....with the latest injuries, the tank should really start now......huh, that's weird...."

I'm sorry man, I've been with you before on the Sabres blowing a shot at a good draft pick, but you're wrong this time.  The tank will succeed.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:12 AM

A loss is desperately needed tonight!  Florida is only 7 points ahead of the Sabres.  If the Sabres aren't careful they could be drafting at 4 or 5 if they keep this winning going.

Edited by nobody, 07 March 2014 - 10:12 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:22 AM

Every game I watch, I pull for a Sabres win and I'm happy when they do.  To me, the tank (and resulting 1st pick) is something hypothetical I use to look at as a silver lining when they lose.  But I can honestly say I root for a win every game.

That said, Enroth is not Hasek or Miller.  He will have some bad games to go with these gems.  And Neuvirth won't be Hasek Miller *or* Enroth.  The tank resides in the the goaltending tandem at this point.  I want and hope to see the rest of the team steadily improve.  This year is the locker room chemistry; down the road it will be improvement in the talent level.  The final piece will be top-shelf goaltending.  If you have a decent team but weak goaltending, you're not going to win a lot of games.

Next year they can manipulate the tank by overplaying Neuvirth.  Playing him 50-50 for a while, saying you're letting him compete for the job, will put the lesser of two goalies off the ice for more games, and also will keep the better goalie off his game.  (Think about it- no wins this year until he was "the guy".  The last time he showed anything like this was a while back when Miller was out injured.)

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

Well from memory, we tend to suck against the Panthers, so I'm hoping for a total tank effort tonight

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:32 AM

Time to start the "the Sabres don't play well in front of Neuvirth" rhetoric!

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:37 AM

Hearing Luke Adam may be recalled for tonight with Girgensons and Stewart out tonight.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:38 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 07 March 2014 - 10:37 AM, said:

Hearing Luke Adam may be recalled for tonight with Girgensons and Stewart out tonight.

Konopka still not available?

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:42 AM

View PostdEnnis the Menace, on 07 March 2014 - 10:38 AM, said:

Konopka still not available?

He's supposed to play. Guess they want to keep Scott on D. As if that matters.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:45 AM

View Postnobody, on 07 March 2014 - 10:12 AM, said:

A loss is desperately needed tonight!  Florida is only 7 points ahead of the Sabres.  If the Sabres aren't careful they could be drafting at 4 or 5 if they keep this winning going.
I'm just getting trolled right now.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 10:52 AM

View PostClaude_Verret, on 07 March 2014 - 10:08 AM, said:

I'm sorry man, I've been with you before on the Sabres blowing a shot at a good draft pick, but you're wrong this time.  The tank will succeed.

I really hope you are right.  However, I must admit that it does feel like groundhogs day right now......

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:00 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 07 March 2014 - 10:37 AM, said:

Hearing Luke Adam may be recalled for tonight with Girgensons and Stewart out tonight.
It's amazing how much worse this terrible roster looks with Stewart and Girgs out with injuries.

Conacher on the first line? Torrey Mitchell on the second? If I'm Neuvirth I am sh!tting my britches. :bag:

Good for the tank though...

View PostSaudi Arabia Rob, on 07 March 2014 - 03:58 AM, said:

This is realy strange, but do you think the Sabres are going to blow the first pick in the draft?  They just went 4-1 and a number of players (Meyers, Ennis, Stafford) seem to be playing with some fire in them.  I never thought I'd want them to lose....
Yeah the recent success seems to be on the back of three or four players. Certainly Enroth but also most of the goals/assists have been a combination of Myers, Ennis and Hodgson IMO. The few talented players we have are dragging this dumpster fire of a roster to wins.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

This is the perfect opportunity for a loss. Really need this one to get the tank back on track. Especially with us having an easy schedule coming up while the Oilers have a tough one. A loss in regulation tonight sets things straight.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:01 AM

View PostRobviously, on 07 March 2014 - 10:45 AM, said:

I'm just getting trolled right now.

No - I'm being serious.  i want competitive games; but the team needs to not collect any points.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:17 AM

Based on last year's draft lottery odds, finishing dead last only gets us a 25% chance of the #1 overall pick. So there is a 3-in-4 chance tanking gets us the 2nd overall pick.  This year, that should be fine since there are a few players at the top of the draft who are closely rated.  We'll get one of 'em.

...But, tanking next year will not automatically get us McDavid... it only gets us a 1-in-4 shot at him (although the Isles pick could change those odds).

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:19 AM

View PostPotato, on 07 March 2014 - 11:17 AM, said:

Based on last year's draft lottery odds, finishing dead last only gets us a 25% chance of the #1 overall pick. So there is a 3-in-4 chance tanking gets us the 2nd overall pick.  This year, that should be fine since there are a few players at the top of the draft who are closely rated.  We'll get one of 'em.

...But, tanking next year will not automatically get us McDavid... it only gets us a 1-in-4 shot at him (although the Isles pick could change those odds).

Tanking next year automatically gets us McDavid or Eichel (barring expansion). McDavid is a world-class superstar, but he's not the only star in next year's draft. Eichel probably would've been the first pick last year had he come out. Those two players and a few others in next year's class are worth the tank. Not JUST McDavid, he's just the ultimate prize.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:27 AM

Guess they want to see what the new guy can bring to the table right now.

Cory Conacher should also be available - not sure if they plan to play him.  I guess if they do that would take Scott out.



Sabres PR@SabresPR  3m
Buffalo #Sabres announce the team has recalled forwards Luke Adam and Nicolas Deslauriers from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Edited by nobody, 07 March 2014 - 11:29 AM.


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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

View Postnobody, on 07 March 2014 - 11:27 AM, said:

Sabres PR@SabresPR  3m
Buffalo #Sabres announce the team has recalled forwards Luke Adam and Nicolas Deslauriers from the Rochester Americans (AHL).
With no morning skate today, it will be quite a surprise what the line combos may look like with all these moving pieces.

Gotta be excited for something lol

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

The Sabres have 20 games left and have 46 points.  If:

They continue on their post Olympic pace and win 16 out of last 20.  That's 78 points.  Impossible as I'm sure even Robviously would agree.

They win 12 out of their last 20.  that's 70 points.  Highly unlikely, but still a cinch for top 3- 5 pick.

They go .500 or 10 out of 20.  That's 66 points.  Maybe, but I certainly wouldn't bet on it.

I looked at the points for the bottom two teams in the NHL in each of the last five seasons.  Their average points?   66.

The tank is still in fine, fine shape my friends.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:31 AM

View PostClaude_Verret, on 07 March 2014 - 11:30 AM, said:

The Sabres have 20 games left and have 46 points.  If:

They continue on their post Olympic pace and win 16 out of last 20.  That's 78 points.  Impossible as I'm sure even Robviously would agree.

They win 12 out of their last 20.  that's 70 points.  Highly unlikely, but still a cinch for top 3- 5 pick.

They go .500 or 10 out of 20.  That's 66 points.  Maybe, but I certainly wouldn't bet on it.

I looked at the points for the bottom two teams in the NHL in each of the last five seasons.  Their average points?   66.

The tank is still in fine, fine shape my friends.
Especially if Girgensens and Stewart are out for any length of time.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:32 AM

View PostTankalicious, on 07 March 2014 - 11:19 AM, said:

Tanking next year automatically gets us McDavid or Eichel (barring expansion). McDavid is a world-class superstar, but he's not the only star in next year's draft. Eichel probably would've been the first pick last year had he come out. Those two players and a few others in next year's class are worth the tank. Not JUST McDavid, he's just the ultimate prize.

You guys can knock yourselves out rooting against our boys next year.  I'm rooting for the playoffs as always!

View Postnobody, on 07 March 2014 - 11:27 AM, said:

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Buffalo #Sabres announce the team has recalled forwards Luke Adam and Nicolas Deslauriers from the Rochester Americans (AHL).

Deslauriers!  Nice.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:35 AM

View PostClaude_Verret, on 07 March 2014 - 11:30 AM, said:


The tank is still in fine, fine shape my friends.

But just like when a team is in a playoff race where they need to especially beat the teams that are fighting for that 8th spot; the Sabres need to make sure they get no points against teams fighting for that #1 pick spot.

#38 26CornerBlitz

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:36 AM

03/07 – SABRES RECALL ADAM, DESLAURIERS (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 7, 2014) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has recalled forwards Luke Adam and Nicolas Deslauriers from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). The forwards have been recalled on an emergency basis due to injuries.

Adam (6/18/90, 6’2″, 206 lbs) joins the Sabres for the second time this season after being called up on Nov. 20 for a nine-game stint in which he recorded one goal. Currently the Amerks’ second-highest scorer, Adam has notched 42 points (24+18) in 42 AHL games in 2013-14. In four seasons with the Sabres organization, Adam has appeared in 84 NHL games and recorded 26 points (15+11). The St. John’s, Newfoundland native was drafted by Buffalo in the second round (44th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and signed a one-year contract with the Sabres in July 2013.

Deslauriers (6’1”, 230 lbs., 2/22/91) was acquired by the Sabres on March 5 as part of a trade with the Los Angeles Kings and is being called up to the NHL for the first time in his career. He has led the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Kings, in goals (18) and shots (217) this season, totaling 39 points (18+21) through 60 games in his first professional season as a forward.

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:40 AM

View PostPotato, on 07 March 2014 - 11:32 AM, said:

Deslauriers!  Nice.

Scott playing defense and Deslaurier playing wing?  BWHAAA?

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Posted 07 March 2014 - 11:59 AM

View Post26CornerBlitz, on 07 March 2014 - 11:36 AM, said:

03/07 – SABRES RECALL ADAM, DESLAURIERS (Ian Ott – Sabres PR)



does that mean that they will most likely not dress, barring injury?





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