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Buffalo Sabres Recall G Matt Hackett

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And you thought getting rid of Ryan Miller was going to solve the Buffalo Sabres goaltender problems for the foreseeable near future.  WRONG!  Michal Neuvirth sustains an injury causing the call up of rookie goaltender Nathan Lieuwen.

Neuvirth will make the Western Conference trip with the Buffalo Sabres, but Jhonas Enroth will not be making the trip.  So it appears that Nathan Lieuwen will be getting his first National Hockey League start.

To protect their assets the Buffalo Sabres have recalled goaltender Matt Hackett.  This is Hackett’s first call-up since being traded to the Buffalo Sabres in last year’s deal between the Sabres and Minnesota Wild.

It isn’t clear if Hackett will get to see any time on the ice or the bench – that will likely depend on whether or not Neuvirth is ready for game action.

The latest goaltending moves by the Buffalo Sabres have left them scrambling for goaltenders.  While they have not been reduced to signing street free agents, the Amerks have recalled Connor Knapp and Andrey Makarov from the ECHL.

Knapp was recalled from Alaska of the ECHL, and Makarov from Fort Wayne.

In 62 games in Rochester so far this year the tandem of Hackett and Lieuwen have split the crease pretty evenly.  Lieuwen has the better record at 17-11-2-2.  Hackett has put up a less impressive 13-17-0-2.

How much more red, white, and blue will we get to see in the crease this season?

If Andrey Makarov wants to prove that he can replicate at the professional level the numbers he has put up in the minors – now is the time for him to show the Buffalo Sabres he is prepared for a stint in the professional ranks.  Are we ready for the Makarov era to begin in Rochester?  Will Hackett finally be able to break into the ranks of the National Hockey League?  How will Nathan Lieuwen react to his first NHL start?

The Rochester Americans have signed goaltender Billy Sauer to a professional tryout contract (PTO).  Sauer has appeared in 58 ECHL games and 15 AHL games.  He was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche.

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres Jhonas Enroth Matt Hackett Nathan Lieuwen

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