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Bryson, Fogarty, Smith reassigned to Sabres taxi squad

Tokarski reassigned to AHL

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have reassigned forwards Steven Fogarty and C.J. Smith and defenseman Jacob Bryson from the Rochester Americans (AHL) to the team's taxi squad. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski has been reassigned to Rochester.

Rochester overcame an early 2-0 deficit last night to defeat the Cleveland Monsters 7-3 on the road. Smith recorded two goals and an assist while goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 43 saves. 

Smith is tied with Jean-Sebastien Dea for the scoring lead in Rochester with four points (2+2). 

Fogarty, the Amerks captain, signed a one-year deal with Buffalo this past offseason after spending parts of five seasons with the New York Rangers organization, for which he captained the AHL affiliate in Hartford in 2019-20. He scored the overtime winner for Rochester on Wednesday. 

Bryson, a fourth-round pick from 2017, tallied 27 points (4+23) in 61 games last season as a rookie in Rochester. He has one assist through three games this year with the Amerks. 

Buffalo is set to practice this morning at KeyBank Center. 

Nine Sabres players - forwards Dylan Cozens, Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar, Casey Mittelstadt and Tobias Rieder, and defensemen Rasmus Dahlin, Jake McCabe, Brandon Montour and Rasmus Ristolainen - plus head coach Ralph Krueger are currently in the NHL's COVID protocols and are unavailable for practice, travel or games until they are removed from protocol. 

The NHL is sharing the names of players who are "unavailable" to teams due to COVID protocols this season and updates this list daily.

These "COVID Protocol Related Absences" can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: 
(1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; 
(2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; 
(3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; 
(4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; 
(5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.

No additional detail will be provided either by the League or the team, including the precise reason a player is unavailable or how long he might be out.

Buffalo is next scheduled to play Monday night against the New York Islanders at KeyBank Center. Pregame coverage on MSG will begin at 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen both on MSG and NBCSN at 7 p.m. and heard on WGR 550. 

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