The Buffalo Sabres have announced that the team has sent twenty players down to AHL Rochester as well as a few players to other respective teams. Most of the players assigned to the AHL most likely would of started the season there anyways, but a handful were sent down due to the labor disagreement and the impending lockout (which could possibly begin today). The players sent down to Rochester are Luke Adam, Riley Boychuk, Brian Flynn, Marcus Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons, Cody Hodgson, Jacob Legace, Johnathan Parker, Kevin Sundher, Shawn Szydlowski, Corey Tropp, Phil Varone, Alex Biega, Nick Crawford, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Matt MacKenzie, Brayden McNabb, Mark Pysyk, Connor Knapp and Nathan Lieuwen. Kevin Porter and Nick Tanarsky must clear waivers but have also been sent down.
The Sabres have sent three other players in different directions, whether because of restrictions or convenience. Joel Armia, the Sabres first round draft pick last year, was loaned to Assat of SM-liiga. Mikhail Grigorenko and Daniel Catenacci, who are not of age to play in the AHL due to CHL restrictions, were sent back to juniors.
The Sabres, like many teams, are preparing for the NHL lockout by sending their players elsewhere. The lockout could begin tonight at midnight if an agreement has not yet been reached. It is expected that like in 2004-2005 any players that can play in the AHL will if the strike extends into the season. Other players could possibly reach agreements to play overseas. We’ll keep you up to date on any Sabres labor agreement news as it happens.