WASHINGTON -- Given where the Sabres are today, let's call it another recall to their Department of Defense.
Minor-league veteran Erik Bergdoerfer is the latest member of the Rochester Amerks' blueline to join the club, and he's likely to make his NHL debut Monday night against the Washington Capitals in Verizon Center. Coach Dan Bylsma indicated there might be a need for a recall at practice Sunday after revealing that Taylor Fedun was banged up late in the third period of Saturday's loss to Boston.
Bergdoerfer, who turns 28 on Sunday, played four years at RPI in Troy and has been exclusively in the ECHL and AHL since 2009. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder had no goals and seven assists in 22 games for the Amerks this year after signing as a free agent over the summer. Bergdoerfer played for Hershey -- in the Washington chain -- the last two years. He had six goals and 14 assists last year for the Bears as they advanced to the Calder Cup final before losing to Lake Erie.
So with Zach Bogosian, Dmitry Kulikov, Josh Gorges and Fedun all out, the Sabres defense for tonight's game will have Rasmus Ristolainen and Jake McCabe on the top pair. After that the morning skate will determine how Bylsma will deploy Cody Franson, junior callup Brendan Guhle, Justin Falk and Bergdoerfer.
Guhle played with Franson Saturday but skated with Falk in practice Sunday while Franson worked out Kulikov.