Player News - Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres have announced that 10 players have been sent to the AHL on Saturday.

Forwards Eric Cornel, Vaclav Karabacek, Stevie Moses and Kevin Porter, defensemen Brycen Martin , Casey Nelson and Devante Stephens, and goaltenders Jason Kasdorf, Jonas Johansson and Adam Wilcox to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. None of these players were expected to make the opening night roster.
Sep 23 - 2:19 PM

Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley couldn't provide an update on Evan Rodrigues' status today, saying only that the Sabre forward will be meeting with a doctor later tonight to discuss the nature of his injury.

Rodrigues was injured on a check into the boards by Toronto rookie defenseman Andreas Borgman. Consider Rodrigues' status day-to-day for now. He has no fantasy upside.
Sep 23 - 12:16 PM

Evan Rodrigues did not return for the third period of Friday night's 3-0 loss to the Maple Leafs.

He was injured on a check into the boards by Toronto rookie defenseman Andreas Borgman. "I don't know what the injury is at this point," coach Phil Housley said. "We'll know more tomorrow."
Sep 23 - 9:46 AM

Although he impressed the Sabres' coaching staff, Clif Pu was returned to his junior team Saturday morning.

Pu played in the Sabres' 3-0 loss to Toronto Friday night, although his ice time was limited as Buffalo played short-handed for much of the night. Pu, who had 86 points with London of the OHL last season, will return to the Knights having made a very good impression on Sabres' head coach Phil Housely. "We like his grit," Housley said. "He can see the pace of the game when he's out there. A lot of the guys, the veterans, have long batteries, and you can tell. That's something he's got to work on, his endurance." Look for Pu to be a factor in training camp next season.
Sep 23 - 9:40 AM

Alexander Nylander (lower body) hasn't skated yet in training camp.

Nylander sustained the injury on Sept. 8. Sabres coach Phil Housley isn't sure when he'll resume skating, but does think it'll be in the near future. The timing of his injury has been unfortunate given that he did have a strong chance of making the team. It's not clear how much missing all this time has changed that, but it has cost him some early opportunities to make a good impression.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 2:08 PM

Marco Scandella took part in Friday's practice.

Scandella took Thursday's practice off to rest his surgically repaired hip. "I feel good today," Scandella said. "It was good to be out with the boys. Some days aren't going to be as good as others. I'm just coming off surgery, so just getting back to playing at the NHL level, practicing hard. We're just taking our time with it so I don't get reinjured." As things stand right now, it seems like he'll be okay for the start of the regular season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 2:04 PM

Seth Griffith skated alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Benoit Pouliot at Thursday's practice.

"I'm not looking too much into it, but if I get the chance to play with them it'd be great," said Griffith. "Hopefully, I can show them what I have." He has contributed one goal and one assist in two preseason matches, while skating as a bottom-six forward. He has just 58 games of NHL experience in his career, but he appears to be working himself into the mix for a roster spot on the Sabres.
Sep 22 - 7:43 AM

Cliff Pu has earned a longer look at training camp.

Pu will play Friday in Toronto or Saturday when the Sabres host the Maple Leafs. "We like his grit," coach Phil Housley said. "We want to see him in another game. It's intriguing trying to see where he can fit in. I think he's had an excellent camp up to this point, and he's getting rewarded for it. He's really working hard. He can see the pace of the game when he's out there. A lot of the guys, the veterans, have long batteries, and you can tell. That's something he's got to work on, his endurance, but I think he's fit right in."
Sep 22 - 7:36 AM

Marco Scandella didn't participate in Thursday's practice.

Scandella has been resting a surgically repaired hip. This isn't the first time he's been kept off the ice due to his hip during training camp, which has raised questions about his availability going for the start of the season. "No, I'm not concerned at all," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "This is all precautionary. He's in a great place right now. I thought he was going to be out today, but he wasn't. He'll probably be out tomorrow, but it's just a day-to-day maintenance thing for him. We want him to feel comfortable when we start getting up for regular season."
Sep 21 - 3:20 PM

Marco Scandella scrimmaged fully on Tuesday before getting another maintenance day on Wednesday.

It marks the second time during training camp that Scandella has missed a practice, but coach Phil Housley insists that everything is fine. "I really like the progression he's making," said the Sabres bench boss. "Instead of trying to push the envelope, he has a tough practice, a high-paced practice yesterday. It felt good but let's just take it slow." The team is being cautious with Scandella after he had off-season hip surgery and he may not get into any preseason games before Buffalo's regular-season opener.
Sep 21 - 8:51 AM

Johan Larsson got back into game action on Tuesday night.

Larsson missed the last 46 games of the 2016-17 season after he crashed into the boards on New Year's Eve and suffered a dislocated wrist and elbow. "It was really nice to finally get out there and get in a game situation," Larsson said Wednesday after the Sabres' 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh. "It's been a long time and it was a great feeling. I was trying to get back into the pace, find the timing, find the areas where I was supposed to be on the ice and what kind of game it was." He posted 11 points in 36 matches with Buffalo last year. Larsson has been skating between Matt Moulson and Hudson Fasching of late and he's in the mix for a bottom-six center spot going into the upcoming campaign.
Sep 21 - 8:46 AM

Jack Eichel notched one goal and two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 OT win over Pittsburgh in preseason action.

He set up two goals by new linemate Jason Pominville and potted the game winner just 25 seconds into the extra session. The trio of Eichel, Pominville and Evander Kane combined for three goals and six points in the contest. Coach Phil Housley is expected to experiment with his combinations, but Pominville and Kane made strong cases to be Eichel's wingers on opening night.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM

Jason Pominville scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 4-3 OT win over the Penguins on Tuesday night.

Pominville, who began his career with the Sabres, was acquired by Buffalo in an off-season trade with the Minnesota Wild. The 34-year-old had 13 goals and 47 points in 78 games with the Wild last season. He'll be a good veteran presence on a young team and could have some decent fantasy value if he plays regularly alongside Eichel, who set up both of his goals. Eichel also scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
Sep 19 - 10:17 PM

Evan Rodrigues registered a pair of assists in Monday's 3-2 OT loss to Carolina in preseason action.

He helped set up goals by Seth Griffith and Jake McCabe in the match. Rodrigues worked hard on increasing his speed over the summer. "He's been terrific, not only in this game," coach Phil Housley said. "His work ethic has been really, really good. You could see tonight he's very poised with the puck. His lateral movement is really good. He had some quality chances. He made a heck of a play on that first goal." Rodrigues is battling with Johan Larsson and Jacob Josefson for a center spot, but Buffalo may give him a look at left wing as well.
Sep 19 - 10:01 AM

Zemgus Girgensons appears to be getting a chance to step back into the offensive picture for the Sabres.

He is skating at left wing alongside Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo at training camp. "I'm seeing some great things out there," coach Phil Housley said. "I like what I've seen from that line. They've really set the bar. They're doing everything right in the practices." Evander Kane is the top left winger on Buffalo, but after him there isn't much depth with Benoit Pouliot, Matt Moulson, Seth Griffith and C.J. Smith. Girgensons has a legitimate shot to stay with O'Reilly and Okposo even though he has struggled mightily to produce over the last two seasons.
Sep 18 - 10:20 AM


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