After back-to-back games over the weekend, both 6-4 victories, the Buffalo Sabres have trimmed their roster by 12 down to 38 players.
Ten players were loaned back down to AHL Rochester, two of which have to clear waivers before reporting to the farm club. The players that were sent down include forwards Justin Bailey, Nicholas Baptiste, Jean Dupuy, William Carrier, Daniel Catenacci, Justin Kea, Jack Nevins and goaltender Andrey Makarov.
Jerry D’Amigo and Philip Varone must clear waivers before being able to report.
Defenseman Matt Prapavessis and forward Matt Garbowsky were released from their tryout contracts, and will now attend Rochester training camp.
With the moves on Sunday, Buffalo has 20 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goaltenders on the training camp roster.
Of note, rookie defenseman Brendan Ghule, defenseman Jake McCabe, and forwards Patrick Kaleta and Evan Rodrigues remain with the main roster. McCabe isn’t much of a surprise, but Rodrigues remaining on the roster continues his surge up the Sabres’ prospect charts.
Buffalo is 3-1 on this young preseason, with wins over Minnesota, Toronto and Ottawa. The team has three dates remaining – Toronto, Minnesota and Columbus — before kicking things off for real on October 8 against the Senators.
Be sure to leave your thoughts below regarding what your biggest training camp surprise has been so far.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.