Another Monday edition of Sharpen Up after a Bills win? Let's party One Buffalo style. Here's what you need to know about the Sabres as you start your day.
After Friday night's disappointing preseason loss to the Maple Leafs, Buffalo was right back at practice Saturday morning. The practice groups were a little light numbers-wise because 17 players were sent down to the AHL for the start of the Rochester Americans' training camp.
This year, the Amerks are holding camp right at HarborCenter so there was no need for (deep breath) forwards Justin Bailey, William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Eric Cornel, Jean Dupuy, Matthew Lane, Vaclav Karabacek, Daniel Muzito-Bagenda, Justin Kea, Evan Rodrigues and Cole Schneider, defensemen Brady Austin, Mac Bennett, Paul Geiger and Brycen Martin, and (almost there) goaltenders Jason Kasdorf and John Muse to pack their suitcases just yet.
Catenacci and Schneider had to clear waivers. Lane, Muzito-Bagenda, Bennett, Geiger and Muse are on AHL deals.
There's a chance some of these players could rejoin the Sabres for the back-to-back set against Carolina this week (they play in Marquette Mich. tomorrow on NBCSN and in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday). So while Derek Grant, Cal O'Reilly, Alexander Nylander and Hudson Fasching may still be practicing with the Sabres, don't count those other guys out just yet when it comes to earning a spot on the opening night roster.
In Saturday's Ice Level Practice Report, Jourdon LaBarber broke down what guys like Fasching and Grant have done so far to impress the Sabres brass.
Video: Sabres in :90
The other big news from Saturday's practice came on the injury front. Dmitry Kulikov, Nicholas Baptiste and Zach Bogosian were all absent from the team skate. Kulikov (with what coach Dan Bylsma called a bruise on his "butt bone") and Baptiste (lower-back) were injured during Friday's game. Zach Bogosian is dealing with a mild groin strain he sustained during Thursday's game. We should have more on that after today's practice.
As you hopefully just watched in Brian Duff's "Sabres in :90" recap from Saturday (Hint Hint. Watch it), Taylor Fedun practiced for the first time over the weekend. He's been mentioned by Dan Bylsma as one of the players fighting for a roster spot on the blue line.
Here are Fedun's full comments after practice:
Video: FEDUN: After Practice
And this is what Bylsma had to say:
Video: BYLSMA: After practice
On Tap Today
Buffalo was off Sunday and will return to the ice today. We'll have a full written practice report as well as a video feature from Duffer. Will Kulikov and Bogosian be ready to go? Will Ryan O'Reilly, fresh off his World Cup victory with Canada, be back? Who might be playing tomorrow? Which cap will Duffer wear for today's "Sabres in :90?" Or with the seasons changing, will he put on a toque? Stay tuned!
Oh yeah, and Kris Baker's Sabres Prospects Report returns this morning as well. What a day.