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.