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Pysyk out, but not to Rochester ... yet

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk was a scratch in last night's loss to the Florida Panthers and he wasn't on the ice when the team practiced at First Niagara Center this morning.

So has Pysyk been assigned to Rochester?

"No. He's still with us here today," interim coach Ted Nolan said. "He was banged up a little bit last game and that's one of the reasons why we didn't play him. It's just one of those things where it was nagging him so we decided to give him another day off."

The Sabres still could assign Pysyk to their AHL affiliate in Rochester to play through the Olympic break. He would need to be assigned by 5 p.m. on Friday.

Pysyk and Brayden McNabb are the only Sabres eligible to play for the Amerks without having to clear waivers.

McNabb would need to sit out one game between now and Feb. 7. He would need to be assigned to Rochester by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7 be eligible to play for the Amerks over the break.

That's all according to the (somewhat complicated) transaction rules for the NHL during the Olympic break which are very specific and limited.

For a good explanation of the rules regarding players going from an NHL club to their respective AHL affiliate, take a look at Lindsay Kramer's article from

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