With a soft deadline on NHL rosters coming today at 3 in the afternoon, there was bound to movement from teams looking to shuffle some last minute players around before the 2 week Olympic break. Today the Buffalo Sabres placed Linus Omark on waivers in an attempt to send him to the Rochester Americans along with Chad Ruhwedel and Phil Varone.
Sabres transactions: F Phil Varone and D Chad Ruhwedel have been assigned to the Roch. Americans; F Linus Omark has been placed on waivers.
— Sabres PR (@SabresPR) February 7, 2014
All three have been sent to Rochester to get some playing time in while the NHL is on break over the next 2.5 weeks. Ruhwedel and Varone will go directly back to Rochester while Omark will need to clear waivers before he can be
By putting Omark on waivers now it saves the Buffalo Sabres from sending the Edmonton Oilers a 6th round draft pick had he played 15 games with the Buffalo Sabres. When the Sabres claimed him off waivers he was given a tryout like stint with the team to see if a change in scenery could help his game, however he managed just 2 assists in his 13 games with the Sabres.
Chad Ruhwedel was called up when the Sabres needed to send Mark Pysyk down for the Olympic break and much like the man he replaced on the blue line, he looked very mature and solid. Ruhwedel was one of the Sabres best defencemen through this last stretch leading up the Olympics. He’s still pointless this season but has been playing very sound hockey on the back end.
After a long junior career and being passed over numerous times Phil Varone finally got his first NHL call up with the Buffalo Sabres and looked pretty solid in his 9 games. Throughout those games he scored his first NHL goal and added an assist for 2 points.
If Omark clears waivers he will join Phil Varone, Chad Ruhwedel and the rest of the Rochester Americans while the NHL has a nice little break. It’s unclear who will re-join the Buffalo Sabres post-Olympics and with the trade deadline nearing there may be a few players going back and forth within the next month. Don’t get too comfy boys you’ll be needed again.