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Sabres loan Casey Nelson to Amerks for conditioning assignment

Casey Nelson gets closer to a return as he was sent to the AHL on conditioning loan

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres announced this morning they’ve assigned defenseman Casey Nelson to the Rochester Americans of the AHL in conditioning loan.

The 26-year-old last played in a game on December 4th when he suffered an upper-body injury against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to the NHL CBA, Nelson cannot be with the Amerks longer than 14 days on conditioning loan.

The last few games would indicate that the Sabres could use some help defensively and Nelson was playing well before he was injured.

It’ll be interesting to see what Jason Botterill does with the roster to make room for Nelson’s return to the NHL. Nathan Beaulieu and Matt Hunwick are currently the extra blue liners as of now.

He could also explore the route assigning Lawrence Pilut back to the AHL since he is waivers-exempt.

Whether it’s via a trade or putting a player on waivers, Botterill has 14 days or less to make room on the roster barring an injury.