PHILADELPHIA -- With the NHL's trade deadline approaching Monday, Buffalo Sabres forwards Tage Thompson and Danny O'Regan were technically sent down to Rochester.
Neither left the Sabres and both were promptly promoted back to the NHL.
Thompson played in the Sabres' 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs hours later, while O'Regan was a healthy scratch. The confusing roster move was made so both players could join the Amerks for the Calder Cup Playoffs in the event Buffalo does not reach the postseason.
O'Regan's return to the Sabres' roster was not annnounced until Tuesday afternoon, however, he watched Monday night's game from the press box. The 25-year-old winger will remain with Buffalo since rosters expanded following the NHL trade deadline.
Players had to be placed on an AHL roster Monday in order to be eligible for the playoffs. O'Regan, who was acquired from San Jose in the Evander Kane trade last February, had 18 goals among 34 points in 53 games with the Amerks and has played only one game with the Sabres since being promoted Friday.
Thompson, on the other hand, has spent the enter season in the NHL and has seven goals among 11 points in 54 games. The 21-year-old played 30 games with the St. Louis Blues' AHL affiliate last season before being traded to the Sabres in July.
Teams across the NHL make similar paper transactions with the league every season to ensure prospects such as Thompson can compete in the AHL playoffs.