With just one game remaining on the schedule this season for the Buffalo Sabres, many fans are now asking the question: what does it mean for the Rochester Americans? Before we go any further, let me say it: the only players on the Sabres who are eligible to join the Americans after the NHL season ends are Brian Flynn, Mark Pysyk and Mikhail Grigorenko.
So before you ask – no, Marcus Foligno can’t rejoin his former teammates that he played with before the NHL lockout ended. Neither can Cody Hodgson. Adam Pardy and Kevin Porter are also ineligible to return to the Rochester team for the playoffs.
Mikhail Grigorenko, who has never played a game in the AHL, could be sent down to Rochester if Sabres GM Darcy Regier chooses to do so. However, there has been no indication whether or not that will happen yet.
The AHL playoffs begin on Friday, but Rochester’s round one series against the Toronto Marlies doesn’t kick off until Saturday afternoon, when the Amerks will face the Marlies in a 3 p.m. meeting.
Therefore, it’s entirely possible that two or three of the eligible players could be with Rochester for the start of the playoffs on Saturday – but they may be kept out of the action until Sunday to give them a day of rest. According to a tweet by Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Rochester head coach Chadd Cassidy said there is some concern about the workload for Flynn and Pysyk, so we may have to wait until Saturday to see how it goes.
Rochester kicks off its part in the AHL playoffs on Saturday at 3 p.m. Game two is Sunday at the same time, with game three in Rochester on May 1. If necessary, game four would be played May 2, with game five in Toronto on May 4.
Check back at SabreNoise on Friday for a series preview.