Credit to Melissa Kania

Buffalo Sabres Call Up Phil Varone

One Rochester Americans forward got a very happy call today. He found out he was on his way to the NHL for the very first time in his career. That Amerks player was centre Phil Varone who got the call from the Buffalo Sabres today.


This will be Phil Varone’s first stint with the Buffalo Sabres since joining the organization in 2011, after signing a 3 year entry level contract. The

23 years old forward was drafted in the 5th round, 147th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2009 draft, but was never signed to an ELC. As previously stated this will be Varone’s first ever NHL appearance aside from preseason with the Sabres and Sharks.



Phil Varone is the Rochester Americans leading scorer with 8 goals, 25 assists for 33 points in 38 games, and is also one of the assistant captains for the Amerks. Varone has been stuck in the minors and has never been able to get a shot in the NHL, but has never given up and continued to work hard, and now is one of the Amerks top centres. He is finally getting his shot with the big boys in the NHL after years of hard work.

By calling up Varone, the Buffalo Sabres will need to make some more roster moves today, and speculation is that Kevin Porter and Brayden McNabb will be sent back down to Rochester, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

Congratulations to Phil Varone on his first ever call-up to the NHL, can’t wait to see what he looks like in blue and gold after watching him in the minors for the last two season’s.

Stay connected to SabreNoise as we update you on any and all moves made by the Buffalo Sabres today.

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  • wolfdoctor

    Glad he’s getting his shot. Good luck Phil !

  • lee Munn

    I am glad for Varone he needs a shot up for a few games… but I am a little upset, if McNabb is back down. I know it is good for D-men to have a few years down. But all games I have seen I think McNabb deserves his time up.
    He does not just lead Rochester with best +- but he leads Sabres with best +-.
    I am a Pysyk fan but lets compare the two…

    McNabb – (ROCH 127gm/13G/68A/81P +22) (BUFF 36 gm/1G/7A/8P +1)
    Pysyk – (ROCH 61gm/4G/15A/19P +8) (BUFF 61Gm/2G/9A/11P -20)

    Numbers playing on both teams show McNabb has a better Pts per game & a much better +-
    But he wasn’t a First round pick so has to work so much harder for the respect.

    • Jes

      Your putting way to much emphasis on the +/-. That’s more of a team stat then anything else IMO.

      Defensively Pysyk takes it and offensively I’d give the edge to McNabb

      • lee Munn

        I Know Pysyk is a better D-man & playing against some stronger lines, but you can’t say +- ‘is nothing more than just a team stat’… If I have a good offensive D-man getting 1 point a game but allowing 3 against them that -2 means something!!
        …If +- meant very little we would not complain on Weber this year.

    • wolfdoctor

      If you look at this year’s Sabres game logs you will see that Pysyk played against much tougher competition, whereas McNabb played mostly against the lesser teams. Hence the difference in +/-.

    • Dano

      “but I am a little upset, if McNabb is back down.”

      McNabb was sent back to Rochester :

      “The Sabres, on Wednesday, also demoted defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Kevin Porterto Rochester.”

      Its in an article on ESPN’s NHL section in regards to the call up.

      • Vic Soga

        McNabb will get called up if Tallinder or Weber get traded. Buffalo should give Tallinder a chance to win the Cup by trading him to Anaheim to replace Souray.

      • Kevin

        Kevin Portero? LOL Was that you that ESPN who wrote that?

        • Dano

          Nope. I read many sites, only post on 2.

  • JHizzle75

    I’m wondering why he hasn’t been called up before…he’s leading the Amerks in points and the Sabres need offence…

    • Jes

      Me neither. I doubt it helps at all on the offensive side of things.

      • JHizzle75

        A co-worker just told me that he read Moulson will be gone by the end of the day. It was on Twitter so take it for what it’s worth ;)

        • Jes

          Whaaaaat? No way!!!

        • Jes

          No way? Maybe that’s why they called up Varone?

          • JHizzle75

            Yeah it would make sense, but then again it wouldn’t be the first time Twitter gave me bad info

          • Jes

            Do you know the twitter account that posted this?

          • JHizzle75


          • Jes

            I honestly see nothing that says he will be gone today on that guys twitter page.

          • JHizzle75

            Like I said, I’m not on Twitter myself, just relaying what a co-worker told me.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          There is a strong talks the Sabres are shopping him quite hard

        • Thomas Eric

          Where did u hear this?

        • Dano

          “The “obvious suspects” on the LA Kings wish list are Vanek, Buffalo’s Matt Moulson, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri and perhaps Edmonton’s Sam Gagner…A source claims the Ottawa Senators are interested in Moulson but must first decide if they’re buyers or not.”

          Ive seen a couple places saying L.A. is looking for Moulson or Vanek.