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Sabres demote 14, including Kassian, to Rochester @NHLdotcom

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Sabres have assigned 14 players, including 2009 first-round draft pick Zack Kassian, to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.

Kassian's demotion was not unexpected after general manager Darcy Regier suggested last summer that he'd prefer the hard-hitting forward have more time to develop in the minors after completing his Canadian junior eligibility last season.

Among the other notable players demoted on Monday were forwards Marcus Foligno, son of former Sabres captain Mike Foligno, and Michael Ryan, and defensemen T.J. Brennan and Dennis Persson.

The moves leave the Sabres with 27 players (16 forwards, eight defensemen and three goalies) with two preseason games remaining. They then travel to Europe next week to open their season against Anaheim at Helsinki, Finland on Oct. 7.

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