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Buffalo Sabres Send 3 To Rochester and Call 2 Up


With Alexander Sulzer ready to return from the IR and Cody Hodgson ready to play, the axe has fallen on a few more players. Luke Adam, Mark Pysyk and Brayden McNabb have all been returned to the Rochester Americans.

The Sabres had been playing much better as of late, but haven’t found a way to win those close games or compete night to night so Ted Nolan felt a shake-up was needed.

“Where we’re going isn’t a month fix or three-week fix. It’s about putting the kids in a position to have success” ~ Ted Nolan from WGR550

This was Luke Adam‘s third stint with the Buffalo Sabres and he looked much better. The confidence was back and his hockey

knowledge and play making ability was at an all time high, things seemed to be going great for the youngster. Boy haven’t we heard that song and dance before? But with just 1 goal in 9 games, he wasn’t scoring like he had been in Rochester and a move needed to be made. Hopefully he finds his scoring game back in Rochester.

Brayden McNabb was just called up a week ago after Mikhail Grigorenko was sent to the World Juniors and Sulzer went on the IR. He’s played 5 games with the Sabres this season and has failed to register a point.

The most surprising of the demotions is Mark Pysyk, who has been a solid guy on the blue line. He was a healthy scratch against Calgary, but Nolan claimed it was because the Sabres had too many defencemen. Pysyk is one of two rookies who survived the original cuts when Nolan took over, and at times he has been the best defenceman. He has 4 points in his 31 games and has a less than impressive +/- -11. Aside from the stats, his game is well beyond his age.

The moves today have left many wondering if the Buffalo Sabres are waving the white flag on this season and are trying to give the Rochester Americans the best possible roster.

Both Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer will likely draw back into the line-up tonight when the Buffalo Sabres take on the Winnipeg Jets.

In addition to Pysyk, Adam and McNabb being returned to Rochester, the Sabres have recalled defeneman Chad Ruhwedel and forward Kevin Porter.

Ruhwedel has played 26 games with the Amerks putting up 14 points and racking up 12 penalty minute, while Porter has 10 points in 13 games since being returned in October.

What do you think of the moves the Sabres made today?

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  • wolfdoctor

    Somewhat surprised. I thought Adam was playing well. Pysyk hadn’t looked sharp for a few games, but I am still surprised he was sent down. I wasn’t impressed with McNabb, but I thought he would be given more of a chance than what he was given. So Sulzer and Porter are back. IMO, the team just got even more boring to watch.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I was surprised they pulled the trigger on Adam and Pysyk. I agree it’s not going to be “fun” to watch the Sabres right now. Perhaps a sign of a tank?

      • wolfdoctor

        My fear is that the Sabres will make a dumb trade just for the sake of doing something.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          It’s the Sabres, of course they will haha

        • Jes

          That’s my fear to wolfie

        • lee Munn

          I think we ALL fear that. What scares me most is an inexperienced GM trade. Most fans grew to hate Darcy, but one thing he did very well was his trades.

          • Jes

            That’s right Lee, I think now’s the time Sabres pull a trigger on hiring a new GM before things get even worse. I have a feeling a trades coming soon.

            When is the Xmas trade freeze and when does it end?

          • wolfdoctor

            Another fear I have is a new GM coming to the organization, not knowing much about our prospects, then promptly trading away a prized prospect like Zadorov for an aging, past his prime, former star. And the existing management wouldn’t want to say anything in fear of antagonizing the new GM. I think if a scenario like this were to happen, I would just give up following hockey.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            That most likely wont happen. The Sabres are going to hire someone who has experience with drafting and scouting young players. They’re not going to trade away the future for the past

          • wolfdoctor

            Unless the new GM doesn’t believe in a long rebuild and wants instant results. Who knows what LaFontaine and Nolan really want to do regarding the rebuild? Nolan certainly doesn’t like to play young players. They could scrap the whole Regier rebuild plan and trade away prospects for established (and probably old) players.

          • Jes

            If you actually look at the candidates interviewed for the position of GM for the Sabres it looks like they are all about young blood. Even Lafontaine said it in his coming in interview that they will be staying on track with the rebuild. So IMO the GM hired has to follow the el Presedente’s rules. Ristolainen I wouldn’t mind trading if something worthwhile comes in return but Zadorov is a keeper.

          • wolfdoctor

            Unless the new GM doesn’t believe in a long rebuild and wants instant results. Who knows what LaFontaine and Nolan really want to do regarding the rebuild? Nolan certainly doesn’t like to play young players. They could scrap the whole Regier rebuild plan and trade away prospects for established (and probably old) players.

          • lee Munn

            I am not sure if there is a xmas freeze? if so only a few days at most…. Mar 5 is all that matters so basically we have 70+ days to decide on the vets who stays or goes.. That’s one reason I don’t mind having Sulzer/Porter/Weber/Scott/McCormick playing instead of Grig/Luke/McNabb/Pysyk while we are on the bottom. We may as see if ‘one or any’ will prove their worth to keep.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            You can definitely tell that there is a really tense/trade front moving in and you’re right they need that GM for these trades

      • lee Munn

        I don’t think they pulled the trigger. I believe they wanted to give our younger (Better ‘FUTURE” players) a shot in Spangler. This is the closest they will come to playoffs this year… unless they are back to Amerks for Playoffs.. I just hope they come back to Buff after Spangler. (I am always a little afraid with Nolan not liking young players…)

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Pysyk will be back for sure, no word on anyone else as of yet.

  • Jim

    come on Weber should be waived to to Rochester not McNabb. McNabb not -16 in 19 games played.. he is 0 in 5 games. Weber is on his 2 year low swing of a bad seasons.
    Someone please explain why a player like Weber is still here in Buffalo. His stats for the last 2 years are scary look at the # of games won when he plays.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I’ve liked the way Weber played last year and at the beginning of this season, always thought he was a solid on the blue line and a guy who brings the physical presence, but the way he’s played this season I’m not really sure… maybe the Sabres are afraid to lose him on waivers?

      • Jim

        Last year Weber and Ott worked together, this year I not sure in the +/- there the bottom two. Beginning of this season he was -9 in 5 games
        It just bothers me that the Sabres don’t win when Weber plays.. 3 wins in 19 games

        • Caitlin Campbell

          They’re kind of stuck right now. Ristolainen and Zadorov will be ready to go full time next year as will Pysyk and then they’ll have more flexability on the blue line

      • Jes

        Who cares if we lose him to waivers, we’ve got enough defensive prospects that can do whatever he does.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Fair point, we have tons of defencive guys, but I imagine they don’t want to lose him for nothing

  • Jes

    Wow Sulzer and Weber over McNabb and Pysyk? No wonder we’re dead last in the NHL. Lol. This is getting ridiculous. I’m already liking Rolston over Nolan right now. At this time it’d be dumb for us to get a first overall pick not like we use any of the good rookies that are much better then the vets. Insane. This regime so far is becoming worse then the Darcy Regier regime IMO.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I think it was a move mainly to send McNabb, Pysyk and Adam to the Spangler Cup more than anything else at this point. We know Pysyk will be back as soon as the tournament is finished so we just need to see what else they have planned