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Buffalo Sabres Place Alexander Sulzer On Waivers

The Buffalo Sabres have placed defenseman Alexander Sulzer on waivers, for the purpose of assigning Sulzer to the AHL’s Rochester Americans.

Assuming Sulzer clears waivers – which we’ll find out on Monday, by the way – he’ll join the Amerks as they prepare to open their season this coming Friday against the Grand Rapids Griffins. If he clears, he’ll be a solid veteran addition to the young Rochester squad.

Sulzer, 29, had three goals and one assist in 17 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. He played during the lockout with Ingolstadt ERC, where he had 16 points in 21 games. Sulzer has played in the AHL before, but not since 2009-10, when he spent 36 games with the Milwaukee Admirals, as a part of the Nashville Predators organization. Prior to that, he played 61 games with the Admirals in 2007-08 and 48 with the team the following season.

Sulzer has had a few injuries that have put a damper on things for him, but he looks to come back from knee trouble this season. With an overcrowded blueline in Buffalo that includes extra defenseman Jamie McBain, Sulzer simply didn’t have a solid top-six spot. Placing him on waivers to send down to Rochester clears a spot and gives him the chance to play this season, rather than simply be an extra body waiting around in Buffalo.

For the record, the rest of the Rochester Americans defense is as follows: Drew Bagnall, Chad Ruhwedel, Brayden McNabb, Nick Crawford, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Alex Lepkowski, Matt Mackenzie. So if Sulzer goes down to Rochester, yes, the Amerks blueline will be overcrowded to start with, but it’ll all settle out in the end.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that Sulzer will clear waivers. Several teams could be looking to add blueliners and Sulzer would be a solid addition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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  • qwicwted

    I like Sulzer and hate to say it, but I hope no one picks him up.

  • Jes

    Good, no idea why Darcy resigned the guy. He was ok when healthy but he knew we were going to have a huge pile of NHL ready defensemen so another bad call by Darcy.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Carolina picks him up.

  • Kevin

    Does this mean we are going to keep Ristolinan past his 15 games?

    • Melissa Kania

      Unless I’m mistaken, the 15-game rule doesn’t apply to Ristolainen. I believe that only applies for players coming out of one of the CHL leagues, and since he’s international, he’s either up in Buffalo or will be sent to Rochester. For the time being, it seems like he’ll be with the Sabres unless we eventually decide to send him down.

      • chas territo

        Am I the only one who saw he will be on the opening roster? He deserves it with his play! And….He will be one of out top 8 all year long.

        • Melissa Kania

          Oh, I know he’ll be on the opening roster. I think he’s done great so far and I love the Weber-Ristolainen pairing right now! I really can’t see us sending him to Rochester at any point during the season unless something major happens.

  • chas territo

    What took them so long? Sulzer played like his brother, Alka! lol

  • Nilo Obscenum

    Damn! Alex played really good with Ehrhoff last year. I thought he deserved a top-six spot this season. I wish him all the best, we will be missed!