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Sabres place Aaron Dell on waivers, putting Dustin Tokarski in line for backup goalie role

Sabres place Aaron Dell on waivers, putting Dustin Tokarski in line for backup goalie role

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Sabres Aaron Dell makes a save during training camp at LECOM Harborcenter on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. 

The numbers made the Buffalo Sabres' decision easy.

The team signed goaltender Aaron Dell in free agency with an NHL spot in mind but Dell got outplayed in preseason by a wide margin by returnee Dustin Tokarski. So instead of putting Dell behind starter Craig Anderson, the Sabres put him on waivers Wednesday with the intention of sending him to Rochester.

Dell allowed three goals on 15 shots in starting the preseason opener in Columbus. In Tuesday's shootout loss in Pittsburgh, he allowed three goals on 22 shots and then made five saves in a nine-round shootout.

Save for one game in Binghamton last season, Dell has not played in the AHL since 2016. But his .838 save percentage in preseason was simply not good enough, especially when compared to the .965 mark Tokarski compiled. 

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So at present, barring future trade or waiver acquisitions, the Sabres goalies line up this way:

Buffalo: Anderson-Tokarski

Rochester: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen-Dell

Cincinnati: Michael Houser-Mat Robson

The Sabres also placed defenseman Jimmy Schuldt on waivers Wednesday. Schuldt who played last season for Las Vegas' AHL team in Henderson, Nev., got a late start to camp for reasons that were never made clear by the team. He then returned to practice and played in one preseason game. 

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