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Ruhwedel, Porter join Sabres; Pysyk, McNabb, Adam headed back to Rochester

By John Vogl

Ted Nolan has taken a look at his defensemen lately, rotating players in and out to get a feel for who belongs where.

It appears Mark Pysyk and Brayden McNabb belong in Rochester for now.

Pysyk, McNabb and forward Luke Adam will all return to the Amerks, the team announced this morning.

Pysyk is averaging 19:55 of ice time during his rookie year, much of which was spent on the No. 1 pair with Christian Ehrhoff. But Pysyk's role has diminshed under Nolan.

"You could tell he was a special kid, but still he’s just a kid," Nolan said on his radio show on WGR. "We’ve got to really look at his development and how we’re going to move forward here."

Adam had one goal and no assists in nine games with the Sabres after 13 goals and 18 points in 15 games with Rochester. McNabb has an even rating in five appearances with the Sabres.

To take their places, the Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. Porter has no points and a minus-6 rating in nine games with the Sabres this season. He had six goals and 10 points in 13 games with the Amerks

Ruhwedel, who joined the Sabres at the end of last year as a college free agent, has four goals, 10 assists and a plus-2 rating in 26 games with Rochester.

Roster shuffle continues: Adam, McNabb called up while Grigorenko returns after NHL nixes conditioning assignment

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres made four roster moves yesterday and have just announced three more this morning prior to practice in First Niagara Center, although one is essentially a reversal of one of Tuesday's decisions.

Forward Luke Adam and defenseman Brayden McNabb have joined the club from Rochester while center Mikhail Grigorenko has returned to the club after his conditioning assignment to the Amerks was rejected by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Grigorenko consented to the 14-day assignment, as is required by Article 13.8 of the CBA. But he is otherwise ineligible for the AHL because he is a 19-year-old with junior eligibility remaining and Bettman apparently enforced a clause of the article that says:

"If the Commissioner has reason to believe or determines that the Club has used the Conditioning Loan to evade Waivers, or otherwise circumvent any provision of this Agreement, he may take such disciplinary action against the Club, as he deems appropriate."

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It was about the playoffs for Amerks, and several Sabres prospects showed well

By John Vogl

Despite a key talking point lately, it is in fact about the playoffs. It's the best hockey of the year, and players build or enhance their reputations during the postseason.

Zemgus Girgensons sure did.

The 19-year-old had an non-descript regular season in Rochester, but he was the Amerks' best player as the team lost all three games to Toronto. (Read all about him here.)

“Best player on the team. Best player on the ice,” said Amerks forward Cody McCormick, the former Sabres tough guy who was no slouch himself against the Marlies.

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Bruins, Sabres hope to ease pain in Boston; Miller to return to Buffalo net

By John Vogl

BOSTON -- The pain caused by the Boston Marathon explosions will linger for awhile. The Sabres and Bruins hope they can ease it for a couple of hours.

The teams will face off in TD Garden tonight in Boston's first sporting event since the act of terror that marred Monday's race. The Bruins are expected to memorialize the three people who died and 176 who were wounded when a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line of the legendary marathon.

"I’m sure it will be full of emotions after obviously what happened on Monday," Bruins forward Chris Kelly said after the morning skate. "Your thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that was affected, and hopefully we can go out and play hard for the city of Boston.

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Adam finally makes long-awaited return to Sabres, NHL


Luke Adam at the Sabres' 2012 development camp at First Niagara Center. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News file photo)


By John Vogl

 PITTSBURGH – Luke Adam’s demotion to the minors last season lingered in his mind a long time. He thought about it during the final three months of the season. He pondered it during the summer. He contemplated it for the opening five months this season.

Finally, within the past two months, the Sabres’ prospect stopped thinking about getting back to Buffalo and focused on playing for Rochester. It helped because Adam will be back in a Sabres uniform tonight.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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