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Joe Finley | Defenseman | #78

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/29/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 249
College: U. of North Dakota
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS

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The New York Islanders waived defenseman Joe Finley on Sunday.
They claimed Finley off of waivers from the Buffalo Sabres in January, so the blueliner is used to this drill. He produced one assist with 16 games for the Isles last season and has 21 regular season NHL games of experience at age 26. Sun, Sep 29, 2013 06:28:00 PM
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The New York Islanders have claimed Joe Finley off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres.

The big blueliner has posted five points with 81 penalty minutes in 36 games with AHL Rochester this campaign. Finley appeared in five games with the Sabres last year.
Mon, Jan 14, 2013 12:43:00 PM

Joe Finley has been placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres.

Finley has five points and 81 penalty minutes in 36 AHL contests this season. He also has 12 penalty minutes in five career NHL contests.
Sun, Jan 13, 2013 01:48:00 PM

Joe Finley was returned to AHL Rochester on Tuesday.

The Sabres got Robyn Regehr back in their lineup, so Finley was sent back down to make room for him on the roster. The hulking rearguard has posted 12 penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating in five games at the NHL level this year.
Wed, Jan 25, 2012 07:20:00 AM

There's an outside chance that Joe Finley will play on Saturday.

Finley has spent three straight games in the press box. Patrick Kaleta (foot) will probably play on Saturday, but it looks like dressing Finley is plan B for the Sabres.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 10:11:00 AM

Joe Finley has been called up by the Buffalo Sabres.

Finley has no points in three games with Buffalo. He also has three points and 78 penalty minutes in 30 AHL games this season.
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 05:56:00 PM

Joe Finley is back up with the Sabres after being sent down on Sunday.

He is slated to dress on Wednesday with Jordan Leopold still sidelined because of an upper-body injury. Finley made his NHL debut last weekend with the Sabres, but was used sparingly in both contests.
Wed, Dec 7, 2011 07:32:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have assigned defenseman Joe Finley to Rochester of the AHL.

The 6-foot-8 defenseman participated in Buffalo's training camp on a tryout and had been playing in the AHL on a minor-league deal. He has no fantasy value.
Sun, Dec 4, 2011 01:47:00 PM

Joe Finley will be playing in his first NHL game as the Buffalo Sabres will use him on the defense corps when the Detroit Red Wings visit tongiht.

Finley, 24, is 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds and a former No. 1 pick of the Washington Capitals in 2005 who stayed at the University of North Dakota until 2009. His last two pro seasons were marred by injuries, including a serious artery rupture in his hand, and he came to Buffalo's training camp on a tryout. He impressed coaches with his skating ability and got a ticket to Rochester that turned into an NHL contract on Monday. Eighteen games and a surprising spot on the Amerks' top defensive pairing later, Finley is in the NHL while Jordan Leopold sits out the weekend with an upper body injury. Finley leads the Amerks in penalty minutes (57) and in plus-minus at plus-10. He had just one goal and one assist in 18 games but has been impressive with his defensive play and his toughness.
Fri, Dec 2, 2011 10:28:00 AM

Joe Finley has been summoned from the minors by the Sabres.

The team just signed him to an NHL deal on Monday and he will probably make his debut in the big show on Friday against Detroit. The 6-foot-8 defenseman will get his chance with Jordan Leopold out for at least the next two games with an upper-body injury.
Thu, Dec 1, 2011 07:07:00 AM

The Buffalo Sabres announced the signing of minor-league defenseman Joe Finley to a multi-year contract on Monday.

He participated in Buffalo's training camp on a tryout and had been playing in the AHL on a minor-league deal. The behemoth blueliner has registered two points, 57 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 18 games with Rochester.
Tue, Nov 29, 2011 07:11:00 AM

Joe Finley has been participating in the Buffalo Sabres training camp on a tryout basis.

Finley doesn't have a shot of making the Sabres' opening game roster, but he might end up earning a spot on an AHL roster. Finley stands at an imposing 6'8" and weighs in at 260 pounds, but he's only had brief stints in the AHL and has instead primarily played in the ECHL. It hasn't helped that injuries have limited him to 50 games over the past two seasons. Sabres coach Lindy Ruff admitted to not knowing a lot about him, but he did say that Finley is an excellent skater. We'll see if anything comes of this tryout.
Fri, Sep 23, 2011 09:50:00 AM

The Capitals assigned Joe Finley to the minors Sunday.

Finley is a behemoth defender that stands 6'7" and weighs in a 240 pounds. He played four years of college at North Dakota and will begin his professional career in the minors. He will be given a chance to crack the bigs at some point in the next few seasons. The Capitals also released a host of others over the weekend that include: Boyd Kane, Michael Dubuc, Joel Broda, Patrick Wellar, Zach Miskovic, Dylan Yeo, Vladimir Denisov, Josh Godfrey, Ryan Jasinsky, Todd Ford and Braden Holtby.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 11:39:00 AM

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