Saturday, October 4, 2008

Gerbe and Kennedy sent to the minors

With one more preseason game coming up, the Sabres have come close to finalizing their roster, sending a number of players to their AHL team in Portland. Included among the players sent down are Nathan Gerbe and Tim Kennedy, both college standouts who had hoped to make the team out of camp.

The team also sent down defensem3n Michael Funk, and Chris Butler who is also just out of the NCAA. A number of AHL veterans were also sent down including Marek Zagrapan, Dylan Hunter, and Mark Mancari, Mathieu Darche who will have to clear waivers.

Weber, Sekera, and Paetsch were all kept on defense, with Weber likely to be sent down before the season starts. On offense newcomer Matt Ellis was kept on the club as well as Clarke MacArthur, and Peters. Any of these players would have to clear waivers to be sent down to the AHL, and all signs point to the weakest player of these three (Peters) being a safe bet to stay at the NHL level. I think the team would be more willing to risk Ellis on waivers as opposed to a player that has been in their system for a long time now.

Real NHL action begins today as two games get started in Europe. With the Rangers and Lightning playing in Prague, and Pittsburgh and Ottawa playing in Stockholm. The Sabres still have one more preseason game on Sunday against the Detroit Red Wings.

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