The Buffalo Sabres have started making cuts to their training camp roster, in preparation for the October 8 opening game against the Ottawa Senators.
Returning to their respective junior level clubs are Riley Boychuk (Portland, WHL), Cedrick Henley (Val d’Or, QMJHL), Steven Shipley (Niagara, OHL), Kevin Sundher (Chilliwack, WHL), Gregg Sutch (Mississauga, OHL), COrey Fienhage (Kamloops, WHL), Jerome Gauthier Leduc (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL), Matt MacKenzie (Calgary, WHL), and Mark Pysyk (Edmonton, WHL).
Remaining with the team for now is Zack Kassian, who according to his agent is back on with the team as far as contracts are concerned. Kassion is represented by Paul Krepelka of The Orr Hockey Group. Krepelka is optimistic that a deal could be in place as early as next week. Kassian falls into the same category that Myers fell into last season; the Sabres have to return him to his junior team (Windsor Spitfires (OHL) before a certain time, or are forced to keep him on the roster.
Adding Kassian to the roster is probably not a bad idea – and is probably closer to happening than not. The Sabres have gone to some lengths this off season to get bigger – and Kassian would add a style of play to the Sabres they have been missing for a long time.
The Buffalo Sabres aren’t in need of a right wing at this point, but the way Kassian is playing he could force himself into the top four Right wing spots. Jason Pominville and Mike Grier are staples, Pat Kaleta will probably find himself on the fourth line – and Kassian could easily slide into the third line. Out of the picture? It wouldn’t hurt my feelings any to see Drew Stafford punching the unemployment ticket along with Trent Edwards out of Buffalo.