By John Vogl
Chad Ruhwedel is under contract for the Sabres and will play today against Philadelphia, continuing a whirlwind weekend.
Buffalo signed the All America from UMass Lowell to a two-year contract today (terms were not immediately available), and he will be in the lineup this afternoon in First Niagara Center for the matinee with the Flyers.
Interim coach Ron Rolston said he doesn't know much about the 22-year-old and said two hours prior to puck drop that he has "no idea" who Ruhwedel will partner with along the blue line.
"I just I’ve watched him a little bit on film but don’t have a real solid feel," Rolston said. "He’s put some good numbers and he’s an All-American, so he’s got some ability.
"Just jumping in the lineup and playing an afternoon game against a lineup like Philly’s will be a challenge."
The Sabres chose to insert Ruhwedel on the same day he flew to town rather than call up a defensemen from Rochester to take the place of injured Tyler Myers.
"We just want to give him an opportunity here to see what he can do," said Rolston, who added college players usually are more ready for action than junior-level players. "They have a little more experience and maturity whether it’s in the game or in life, really, especially at college where there’s a lot of added responsibilities with scholastics and playing. The maturity level is usually a little bit higher, so that will give him an upper hand here."
Rolston refused to say who will start in goal. John Scott will return to the lineup after sitting last game as a healthy scratch.