It was announced yesterday that the AHL game scheduled for October 21st between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Rochester Americans would be moved from the Blue Cross Arena to the First Niagara Center. The game will now take place on the 23rd of October at 7:35. Tickets go on sale on September 28th.
The Americans played some games in Buffalo during the last work stoppage in 2005. That team featured players like Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, Derek Roy, and Paul Gaustad. This time around the Sabres sent down many players that played with the team to the AHL, including Cody Hodgson, Marcus Foligno, Brayden McNabb, Corey Tropp, Zemgus Girgensons, and Luke Adam.
If the current work stoppage goes into the regular season the AHL could have many NHL caliber players suiting up instead of overseas. Many Sabres fans will also focus on Rochester as it will be the only professional hockey in Western New York and will feature the future of the Sabres. AHL teams can sign any player who finished last season on an AHL roster or were on the 2012 Clear Day List.