Amerks Roster Overhaul In Progress

When the Sabres made front office changes last week, President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine and Interim Head Coach Ted Nolan indicated that they had a different blueprint for the Sabres this season.

The team was performing poorly. There was a question as to whether the top prospects in Buffalo would develop properly. And the fans were restless. The new regime needed to make changes.

On Tuesday, the Sabres announced several roster moves. Nikita Zadorov was sent back to his junior team, and Johan Larsson and Rasmus Ristolainen were sent down to the Amerks. These moves left the Sabres with the minimum 18 skaters for last night’s game against St. Louis.

This morning, the Sabres have announced the recalls of Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb from Rochester. These are the right moves for the future of the organization, but will hurt the Amerks.

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Darcy Regier’s Firing, and How It Affects The Amerks?

In news that is breaking to absolutely nobody at this point, the Buffalo Sabres have relieved General Manager Darcy Regier and Head Coach Ron Rolston of their duties. Immediate changes include the hiring of Pat LaFontaine as the President of Hockey Operations and Ted Nolan as interim head coach.

Obviously this has an immediate impact on the Sabres… but with new folks in charge of personnel decisions, it may have implications on the Amerks roster also.

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Americans Continue Their Point Streak

The Rochester Americans took on the North Divion leading Hamilton Bulldogs Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena and came away with a 5-3 victory. With goals from Mike Zigomanis, Matt Ellis, Frederick Roy, and Chad Ruhwedel who had 2 they led 4-1 going into the third. Just like the Marlies did last saturday the Bulldogs fought their way back with goals from Joonas Nattinen, and Louis Leblanc in the third. Steven Andrighetto also scored a goal in the second.

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Will Darcy’s Rebuild Kill Hockey Enthusiasm In Rochester?

I’ve had some form of Rochester Americans season tickets for close to 20 years now, and was a fan for a number of years before that.

I’ve seen the good on this team, including a stretch of *6* Calder Cup final appearances over 11 seasons from 1989-90 thru 1999-2000… even if only 1 of them resulted in a championship.

I’ve seen the bad, including the Amerks current stretch of not winning a single playoff series since 2005.

And based on the way Sabres GM Darcy Regier seems intent on rebuilding, I think we’re at the beginning of “The Ugly” for Rochester Americans fans.

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Amerks Fans: Which Veteran Do You Scratch?

It was announced today that Kevin Porter has cleared waiver for the Amerks, and will be with the team for Saturday night’s game in Toronto. This puts the Amerks in a position they’re rarely in: Which veteran do they scratch?

The rules in the AHL are very clear. There is a 6 veteran limit that can be dressed for any single game. Only 5 players with at least 320 games of professional experience , plus 1 additional player with 260 or more games of professional experience, can play. (The games are career totals as of the beginning of the current season)

With the addition of Kevin Porter to the Amerks lineup, they have 6 players with 320 or more games under their belt.

Who will get scratched?

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Its Time For Luke Adam To Return To Buffalo

For three seasons now, Luke Adam has experienced several highs and lows within the Buffalo Sabres organization. His flashes of brilliance have been overshadowed at times by his poor decision making. He’s had a habit of scoring points in bunches and then disappearing for a while. It seems like every time he does something positive, there’s a negative to offset it.

Now in his fourth season, he leads the Amerks with 5 goals and is tied for the team lead with 7 points in 5 games. The Sabres are struggling to score. Buffalo fans are clamoring for Adam to be called up to add some offense.

And they’re right. Its time.

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Amerks Outlast the Comets

The Rochester Americans took on the winless Utica Comets saturday night at the Blue Cross Arena. The Amerks ended up with a 6-4 victory despite relinquishing a 4-1 lead over the comets. The Amerks got goals from Luke Adam, Mike Zigomanis (2), Colton Gillies, Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, and Alexander Sulzer. The Comets didnt go away easy, Darren Archibald, Colin Stuart, Zach Hamill, and Pascal Pelletier lead the attack for the Comets saturday night.

The Amerks got on the board nearly 3 minutes into the game when Luke Adam took a nice little pass while entering the zone from Mike Zigomanis to go low stick side for and easy goal. Luke Adam’s Positioning has lead to his early success this year and it continued tonight.

Utica tied the game late in the period with a goal by Archibald who had a physical battle with McNabb in front of the net, but he was able to find the loose puck and shoot it past Hackett for game tying goal. Late in the period the Amerks got a lucky break when goalie Joacim Eriksson shot the puck in the stands while on the penalty.

With the Amerks On a 5-3 they took the puck down low where Varone found Mike Zigomanis hanging out in front of the net for an easy tip in. Now with the Amerks on 5-4 Mike Zigomanis went glove side on the breakaway set up by an outlet pass from Sulzer to take a 3-1 lead.

With a 3-1 lead over Utica, Amerks Chad Ruhwedel shot on the power-play was redirected by Gillies for his first goal of the season.

With the Amerks leading 4-1, the Utica Comets took control of the game. They controlled the puck in the Rochester zone for most of the second period. The Comets got on the board when Colin stuart knocked in a bouncing puck and Zach Hamill did the same couple minuets later. Matt Hackett temper got the best of him when he  got called for Unsportsmanlike after he took down a Utica player after the goal.

With Utica on the power-play and Nathan Lieuwen in for Matt Hackett, Pascal Pelletier found the back of the net on a beautiful shot to the the far corner of the net.

With the game tied 4-4 the Amerks took a stand and got the go-ahead goal off of Jerome Gauthier-Leduc stick when he took a pass from Mike Zigomanis and shot it passed Joacim Eriksson. The Amerks got one more goal at the end of the game when Alexander Sulzer took a shot from his own end to the empty net.

With a final score of 6-4 the Amerks moved into a 3-way tie atop of the North Division with Toronto and Lake Erie.

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