That is all she wrote for the Rochester Americans. Despite outlasting the Toronto Marlies in regulation of tonight’s contest – The Marlies scored the overtime winner to successfully sweep the Rochester Americans out of the first round of the Calder Cup trophies.
The 2013 Calder Cup playoffs are a spitting image of what happened to the Rochester Americans last season. For the second straight year, the Amerks slid into the playoffs the seventh place team, pitted against the division winning and second place Toronto Marlies.
The script to start the series was the same in 2013 as it was in 2012 – and the series ended in the same painful 3-0 sweep.
With the entire organization out of playoff contention – now the focus of the Buffalo Sabres organization is to evaluate all the parts and pieces of not only the parent club – mired in the depths of a lengthy and drawn out rebuild; but also of the Rochester Americans.
It sounds like the plan for the Buffalo Sabres is to stick with the draft and fill the ranks of the team with its prospect players – meaning all those that have been playing well in Rochester could be suiting up for a spot on the 23 man NHL roster.
What is in store for the Rochester Americans? Will they be able to hold onto enough of the pieces to make a better run at the Calder Cup next season – or will the rebuild in Buffalo mean a rebuild for the Amerks as well?