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by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Marek Zagrapan (photo: Brian Wheeler)
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the team has assigned forwards Mark Mancari and Marek Zagrapan, and defenseman Michael Funk to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

Zagrapan, Buffalo’s first-round selection (13th overall) in the 2005 Entry Draft, had two points (1+1) in six preseason games with the Sabres.

Mancari (7th round, 2004) had a pair of assists in four preseason games, while Funk (2nd round, 2004) picked up two assists in two games.

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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