STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- While Buffalo fans didn't get to watch Monday's preseason opener unless they traveled to Penn State, the Sabres’ next four preseason games will be on television.
Tuesday’s visit to KeyBank Center by Ottawa, Thursday’s meeting with Toronto in St. Catharines, Ont., and Friday’s game against the Maple Leafs in KeyBank Center will all be on MSG. The Sabres and Carolina meet next Tuesday for the “Kraft Hockeyville USA” game in Marquette, Mich., and that game will be broadcast by NBCSN.
Brian Duff and Rob Ray will be the announcers Tuesday and Thursday. Rick Jeanneret will join Ray on Friday. Dan Dunleavy and Ray will call the Carolina game and team up for radio-only broadcasts Oct. 5 against the Hurricanes and Oct. 7 against Ottawa.
As expected, the Sabres began trimming their roster Monday by sending players back to their junior teams. The initial cuts were East Aurora’s Austin Osmanski and fellow defensemen Vojtech Budik and Devante Stephens, plus forwards Cliff Pu, Vasily Glotov and Brandon Hagel. The cuts left the Sabres with 50 players – 29 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goaltenders.