The first move of Trade Deadline Day for the Sabres was, well, nothing to do with trade deadline day.
The team assigned goaltender Linus Ullmark to Rochester. It was the fifth recall for Ullmark, who has yet to play in a game for the Sabres this season. He spent all five recalls as a backup.
For his part, Ullmark doesn't mind the recall without NHL game action.
"It’s still a good experience, good practices," Ullmark said on Tuesday. "It’s always fun to get up here and practice with them. Of course you want to get in there and play but if you don’t you have to have the same mindset. You never know what’s going to happen. You might gets a shot next game, whatever. You never know how long the goalie that’s out is going to be. It’s just great fun to always have the opportunity to come up here."
Ullmark was a mid-season AHL All-Star with the Amerks this season and has a 20-20-2 record with a .910 save percentage.
He made his NHL debut with the Sabres last season, playing 20 games with an 8-10-2 record, a 2.60 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.