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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Clarke MacArthur (Photo: Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres announced today the team has assigned forward Clarke MacArthur and defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

Audio: Lindy Ruff Post-Practice Interview 
Video: Lindy Ruff Post-Practice Interview 
Stats:  Preseason Totals

"Just to play," responded head coach Lindy Ruff when asked why the pair were reassigned.  "With Rochester's proximity and schedule, it's better that both players are playing."

MacArthur, Buffalo's third-round choice (74th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft, was tied for fourth on the Sabres in exhibition scoring with three points in four games.

Sekera, Buffalo's third-round choice (71st overall) in the 2004 Entry Draft, registered a single assist in five preseason appearances.

The Sabres first regular season game is Friday Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. against the New York Islanders.

The Buffalo Sabres will holding a “Party in the Plaza” prior to the game.

The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. outside HSBC Arena in the Plaza area located near Perry and Illinois St. where fans can enjoy live music from the Tommy Z Band. There will also be special guest appearances throughout the night, and a 12' by 9' video monitor where fans will be able to watch a live broadcast of the game. Food and drink will be available for purchase; with a three beer limit. The Presidents’ Trophy will also be on display for fans to see.

Fans should also be reminded that Perry Street will be closed from Washington St. to Illinois St. by 4 p.m. to allow families to enjoy the festivities.  Fans driving to HSBC Arena should plan alternate routes to account for the street closings.

The party will take place rain or shine with free admission, as a game ticket will not be required for entrance to the party.
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