Jason Kasdorf's collegiate season ended abruptly. The senior goaltender for Rensselaer gave up four goals and tweaked his groin in a loss to Harvard in the ECAC quarterfinals. He then sat the second game as Harvard swept the Engineers.
When one door closes, another one opens.
Kasdorf signed an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday and Tuesday he was on the bench at First Niagara Center, watching practice and taking it all in.
"I'm incredibly excited," Kasdorf said Tuesday. "I'm just thrilled about the opportunity I have to be here and be part of the organization. It's a dream come true. It's what I've worked for my whole life and to be here means a lot."
He's in Buffalo and he'll stay in Buffalo. Kasdorf's groin injury was passed off as relatively minor. He will spend a few days of injury rehabilitation before getting some practice time with the NHL club. There are no plans to send him away from Buffalo for the rest of the season.
"We’re going to get him healthy which won’t take too long I think," coach Dan Bylsma said. "And the we’ll transition him into practice in various ways. Depending on our practice and our schedule and what’s happening we could see three goalies on the ice. Most likely just two depending on the day and situation. Twelve games left here. We'll see if he can work into practice and then the possibility of a game."
While it's not official, Bylsma said Ryan O'Reilly was progressing and it's likely to see the forward back in the lineup when the Sabres host Montreal Wednesday night.
"He responded well yesterday; did well today," Bylsma said. "He's progressing toward playing Wednesday."