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As expected, goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has been reassigned to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL after spending the weekend with the Rochester Americans. Luukkonen made 24 saves in his AHL season debut Friday as Rochester was defeated in a shootout by Cleveland, 4-3, Friday night at Blue Cross Arena. Luukkonen made several big saves, including a crucial stop in o…

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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Matthew Spencer from the Tampa Bay Lightning and assigned him to Cincinnati of the ECHL. Buffalo sent defenseman Devante Stephens to the Lightning. Spencer was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and has played 53 games in the American Hockey League with the Syracuse Crunch with seven points with a goal and six assists.  …

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Growing up in Montreal as a Canadiens fan, John Gilmour didn't automatically gravitate to the team's defensemen. He was a fan of captain Saku Koivu flying up and down the middle of the ice. Gilmour wasn't playing center Tuesday night in KeyBank Center, but he got a rare chance at forward for the first time as a professional. The injury-riddled Buffalo Sabres put him in …

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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen sat in his hotel room Saturday frantically piecing together his game-day routine. Luukkonen typically has every stretch and workout planned to the exact minute. However, on the morning of his first start in almost seven months, the Buffalo Sabres' goalie prospect awoke with no recollection of the regimen that helped him win gold for…

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The goaltending depth in the Buffalo Sabres' farm system took a hit Friday with the announcement that Jonas Johansson underwent successful season-ending surgery. The nature of the surgery was not disclosed in a news release. Johansson, 23, had a .908 save percentage with three shutouts and 18 wins in 27 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones this season. He also appeared …

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Buffalo Sabres prospect Vasily Glotov scored one goal Monday for the ECHL’s Western Conference during the annual all-star game in Toledo, Ohio. Glotov, who plays for the Cincinnati Cyclones, participated in all three of the Western Conference’s events during the 3-on-3 tournament. He finished with a plus-minus rating of plus one. The Eastern Conference won the all-st…

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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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Cincinnati goaltender Jonas Johansson has been named ECHL Goaltender of the Week after allowing just one goal in two games. Johansson had a 23-save shutout in a 9-0 win over Greenville and then stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 win over Ft. Wayne. Johansson is on a four-game winning streak to improve to 5-2-1 and has a 1.51 goals-against avverage and .947 save percentage …