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Two days after getting NHL deal, Finley gets call to Buffalo from Amerks

The Sabres' defense got quite a bit bigger Wednesday night as 6-foot-8, 260-pound Joe Finley got called up from Rochester to replace the injured Jordan Leopold, who will miss Friday's game against Detroit and Saturday's game in Nashville.

Finley, 24, has made a quick rise in the organization from training camp tryout to AHL contract to healthy scratch in Rochester to the No. 1 defense tandem with the Amerks to his first NHL callup. And that came two days after the Sabres signed him to an NHL deal!

An intriguing player. Lindy Ruff said in training camp Finley is the second-best big man skater he's ever seen behind Tyler Myers. There are good reports down in Rochester. I want to see how his foot speed at his size translates to the NHL level. Never hurts to take a look.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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