The Buffalo Sabres open their regular season in just a few short days. With that, the team’s roster is being finalized, with several additional moves being announced Saturday morning.
The team announced it has assigned forwards Justin Bailey and Nicholas Deslauriers to the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Defenseman Taylor Fedun has also been assigned to the AHL team. These moves come two days after goaltender Linus Ullmark’s reassignment.
Both Fedun and Deslauriers will need to clear waivers before they can join the Amerks, so neither will be in the lineup when Rochester hosts the Toronto Marlies Saturday evening at HARBORCENTER.
While Bailey’s reassignment may not come as a huge surprise, Deslauriers’ might be more unanticipated. However, the Sabres’ recent pickup of 28-year-old center Jordan Nolan seems to have made Deslauriers expendable.
Nolan appeared in 46 games last season for the Los Angeles Kings, potting eight points (4-4) and 44 penalty minutes. It still remains to be seen whether or not Nolan will find himself in the NHL or AHL this season.
In an additional move, defenseman Cody Goloubef has been released from his professional tryout.
With these moves, the Sabres’ regular-season roster is nearly complete. The team now has 27 players in camp, including 16 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders. The magic number: 23, by Thursday night’s season-opener.