Sabres Reassign Szczechura, Recall Finley

After last night’s 2-1 loss to the NY Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres have – once again – returned forward Paul Szczechura to the Rochester Americans. This may not be a permanent move, as the injured Patrick Kaleta didn’t practice with the NHL squad this morning and his status for Friday’s game is currently unknown.

In addition, an upper body injury in last night’s performance means defenseman Jordan Leopold will be out for at least this weekend’s games against Detroit and Nashville. To fill in, the Sabres have recalled 6-foot-8 Joe Finley from the Amerks.

Finley was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2005 and played briefly for their AHL club, the Hershey Bears. He suffered a ruptured artery in 2009 that forced him to miss the majority of the 09-10 season. Last season, he played 26 games with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL as well as 7 games with the Bears.

He has never played in an NHL game before, but is expected to make his debut Friday night when the Red Wings come to town.

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