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Rick Pagnutti enjoyed his long run in the Rochester Americans’ record book. Forty-six years, however, was enough for the retired American Hockey League star. On Wednesday, veteran Zach Redmond scored his 19th goal in the Amerks’ exciting 7-5 home win over the Binghamton Devils, breaking Pagnutti’s single-season record for most goals by a defenseman. Redmond, an AHL M…

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These days, David Leggio feels happy and healthy. Nearly a year after suffering a scary, life-changing concussion, the goalie is enjoying his 11th pro season. “I’m probably better off as a person because of it,” Leggio told The News of his concussion ordeal by phone from Germany. “Yeah, at the time, it wasn’t the most fun.” Earlier in his career, the Williamsville na…

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ROCHESTER – On most nights this season, it has been hard to distinguish between the Americans’ top three lines. Is it the No. 1 combination of prospects Rasmus Asplund, Victor Olofsson and Danny O’Regan, a trio that has remained intact nearly all year? Or is it wherever leading scorer C.J. Smith or former first-round pick Alexander Nylander, two other talented, young pl…

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ROCHESTER – When the Sabres brought back veteran Kevin Porter to the organization in 2017, it sent a strong message the team’s new regime would be making the Americans a priority again. Porter, 32, captained the American Hockey League affiliate during his previous stint with the Sabres and also played 45 NHL games. During Porter’s three seasons away, he won the Stanl…

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ROCHESTER -- Scott Wilson made his Rochester Americans debut Friday, his first AHL appearance since Jan. 30, 2016 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Sabres waived Wilson, who broke his ankle Sept. 30, so he could get game action. He hadn’t played a regular-season contest since the end of last season in April. “At the end of the day, you get put on waivers, but they m…

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Vasily Glotov calls the rink his second home. The Buffalo Sabres' prospect always arrives early – “I show up at 8:15, 8:20 at the latest,” he said – and is so regimented he takes the same number of shots each day before practice. “Two hundred pucks every morning,” said Glotov, a rookie winger with the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Sabres’ ECHL affiliate. Spending the day …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Things have a way of evening out in hockey. So when Sabres prospect Victor Olofsson scored five goals in his first six American Hockey League games with the Americans, few expected he would continue …

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ROCHESTER – Chris Mueller hasn’t forgotten how he got here. The West Seneca native remembers the disappointment of going undrafted, the brief stints in the ECHL and the $40,000 salary that accompanied his fourth-line duty in the American Hockey League. These days, Mueller, 32, is one of the AHL’s leading scorers and has a one-way NHL contract worth $650,000. Having won …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Once prospects get over the initial disappointment of being assigned to the ECHL, they often realize the league can be a terrific place to develop. “The game is built around confidence, and it’s a…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Center Kyle Criscuolo knew he was taking a risk leaving the Detroit Red Wings organization to join the Sabres after winning the Calder Cup as a rookie in 2016-17. The undrafted former Harvard capt…

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Considering that Western Michigan has 16 underclassmen on its hockey roster, coach Andy Murray must rely on freshmen to play valuable minutes. So if the Broncos possessed more experience, Murray might give Sabres defense prospect Mattias Samuelsson, 18, a little less ice time. But Murray feels comfortable utilizing the newcomer in all situations, most notably a shutd…

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ROCHESTER – Ten years ago, Nathan Gerbe ranked among hockey’s biggest prospects. Following a dynamic NCAA career at Boston College, the diminutive winger quickly morphed into one of the American Hockey League’s top scorers with the Portland Pirates. In the midst of a 30-goal, 56-point rookie campaign in 2008-09, Gerbe earned his first promotions to the Sabres. By late t…

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ROCHESTER – As his first game in more than eight months approached, defenseman Matt Hunwick said he started feeling anxious and experiencing some nerves. Hunwick, 33, has played 621 games as pro, but Tuesday’s contest for the Americans, the start of an American Hockey League conditioning assignment, held special meaning. The Michigan native hadn’t played a game since…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – On paper, Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund appeared to be acclimating to the AHL slowly. Through his first 16 games with the Americans, the Swedish center mustered only a single assist. But before A…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Goalie Jonas Johansson figured he could earn a recall to the Americans this season. The Sabres' prospect had already played 14 AHL games, including some big matchups down the stretch in March and …