By John Vogl
The Sabres have waived defenseman Alexander Sulzer, a move necessary for the team to send him to Rochester.
Sulzer played 17 games for the Sabres last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Buffalo re-signed the 29-year-old to a one-year, $725,000 contract. If he clears waivers, Sulzer and his complete salary will patrol the blue line in Rochester.
The move leaves the Sabres with eight defensemen, including injured Nikita Zadorov, who is expected to be sent to his junior team when healthy. The seven blue-liners who will start the season in Buffalo are Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Mike Weber, Henrik Tallinder, Mark Pysyk, Rasmus Ristolainen and newcomer Jamie McBain.
Sulzer was the only waiver move made today by the Sabres, who needed to waive any veterans today in order to have them off the roster by the Monday afternoon deadline.
Luke Adam, who was waived Saturday, was not claimed and will report to the Amerks.
The Sabres have 27 players on the roster, including forwards Corey Tropp (jaw) and Joel Armia (hand), who will be placed on injured reserve along with Zadorov. That makes 24, so they need to send at least one more player to the Amerks to get to the roster limit of 23 by 3 p.m. Monday.
Forwards Brian Flynn, Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson do not need waivers to be sent to Rochester.