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Sabres re-sign Johansson to 1-year deal

Goalie earned an AHL All-Star appearance last season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goaltender Jonas Johansson to a one-year contract worth $700,000, the team announced Wednesday. 

Johansson, 25, made his NHL debut for the Sabres last season, going 1-3-1 in six appearances. He went 14-4-3 with a .921 save percentage in 22 games with the Rochester Americans, earning a spot in the AHL All-Star Classic for the first time in his career. 

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Amerks name Mair, Weber assistant coaches

Former Sabres teammates added to Rochester's coaching staff

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans announced today that the team has named Adam Mair and Mike Weber to serve as assistant coaches on the staff of head coach Seth Appert.

"Adam and Mike are perfect fits to help establish a winning culture and develop our players in the American Hockey League," said Buffalo Sabres General Manager Kevyn Adams. "They share the same philosophies as Seth in their approach to the game and will be valuable resources for both Seth and our players."

"I'm excited to add Adam Mair and Mike Weber to our coaching staff," said Appert. "Adam has a proven track record in player development and firsthand knowledge of our player pool and how to help make people better. Mike brings tremendous experience helping young defensemen develop and a real passion for developing young men. They both have made their careers as team-first, competitive players and they share a passion for both the Sabres and Amerks organizations."

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Red Wings' Blashill saw leadership qualities in Amerks' Appert early on

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Jeff Blashill was attempting to take Seth Appert's job when the two first met in 1994. Both were goaltenders at Ferris State University, Appert a junior and Blashill a freshman.

It was a competitive situation, yet it spawned a close friendship that lasts to this day. 

"Seth took me under his wing, for sure, in those early days and definitely, I think it speaks to the character he had," Blashill said. "Here's a direct competitor for the position that he wants, and he embraced me. Again, I've always felt like that speaks to the type of person he is."

Blashill, now the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings, could see coaching qualities in Appert even back then. Appert joined on as a graduate coach at Ferris State, then won two national championships as an assistant at the University of Denver. His first head coaching gig came at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he spent 11 seasons before joining the US National Team Development Program in 2017.

During that time, Blashill recruited Appert to be an assistant for Team USA at back-to-back IIHF World Championships. Seeing how Appert interacted with some of the world's best players is one of the reasons Blashill believes his friend his well-suited for his new job as coach of the Rochester Americans.

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Adams, Appert share joint vision for development in Rochester

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Kevyn Adams had the advantage of an elongated offseason when it came to selecting the next coach of the Rochester Americans. He used the time to his benefit, scouring the game for candidates from various levels: the college ranks, Canadian juniors, and Europe in addition to the AHL and NHL.

Adams felt he made the most of those conversations, picking the brains of candidates and finding value in each interaction. He eventually narrowed the applicants and brought Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger into the process, after which it became evident that Seth Appert was their man. 

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Seth Appert named head coach of Amerks

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Seth Appert has been named head coach of the Rochester Americans, the team announced Tuesday. 

Appert, 46, has coached at the NCAA and international levels since 1997. He spent the past three seasons with the United States National Team Development Program, where he played a role in developing the organization's record-breaking crop of 17 draft picks (including eight first-round picks) in 2019. 

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Murray overcame uncertainty on path to entry-level deal

2016 draft pick made strong impression during rookie season in Rochester

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Brett Murray arrived at the Prospects Challenge last September slated to play three games alongside his fellow Buffalo Sabres prospects in the showcase event.   

Beyond that, nothing was guaranteed. 

Murray, who was drafted by the Sabres during the fourth round in 2016, arrived at that camp with no team in place for 2019-20. He played well enough in those games to earn a stay in camp with the Rochester Americans, where he earned a one-year AHL contract.

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Sabres sign Murray to 2-year, entry-level contract

Forward tallied 24 points as a rookie in Rochester last season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Brett Murray to a two-year, entry-level contract. 

Murray, 22, was selected by the Sabres in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. He joined the organization on a one-year AHL contract prior to last season and went on to lead Rochester Americans rookies with 15 assists and 24 points in 55 games. 

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Amerks agree to 1-year, AHL deal with Jesper Olofsson

Forward is older brother of Sabres winger Victor Olofsson

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

The Rochester Americans have agreed to a one-year, AHL contract with forward Jesper Olofsson for the 2020-21 season. The 28-year-old is the older brother of Buffalo Sabres forward Victor Olofsson.

Olofsson tallied 28 points (17+11) in 44 games with Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in 2019-20. He's collected 125 points (69+56) in 254 career SHL contests.

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Amerks gain ground in Division race with pair of wins over Belleville

Johansson earns win in first game back with Rochester

by Rochester Americans @AmerksHockey / Amerks.com

Rochester begins another stretch of three games in four nights on Wednesday with the intrastate rival Binghamton Devils making their final trip of the regular season to Blue Cross Arena at 7:05 p.m. 

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Sabres assign Gilmour to Amerks

Rochester won back-to-back road games over the weekend

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has assigned defenseman John Gilmour to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

With Lawrence Pilut unavailable to play in last night's road game at Philadelphia due to illness, Gilmour was recalled to serve as the seventh defenseman. 

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