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The search for Phil Housley's replacement continues nearly one month after his dismissal as Buffalo Sabres coach. Other than false reports surrounding Todd McLellan's candidacy, little information has leaked about whom General Manager Jason Botterill is targeting. During a weekly appearance on MSG/WGR Radio's "The Instigators," TSN's Darren Dreger said Wednesday that Pi…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect, underwent hip surgery and his recovery could take up to six months, the team announced Thursday. Luukkonen, 20, joined the Rochester Americans on an amateur tryout ahead of their first-round series sweep at the hands of the Toronto Marlies and made his professional debut in the regular-season finale. Luuk…

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TORONTO – Few words were spoken among the Rochester Americans from the beginning of the Toronto Marlies' series-clinching celebration to the moment the handshake line ended in Coca-Cola Coliseum Wednesday night. This was not the ending the Amerks envisioned. Under the watchful eye of second-year coach Chris Taylor and buoyed by prospects such as Victor Olofsson, they fi…

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ROCHESTER — C.J. Smith did not hit Kasimir Kaskisuo's stick this time. Instead, Smith, whose breakaway attempt was foiled by the knob of Kaskisuo's paddle in Game 1, sniped a short-side shot to break a scoreless tie during the second period Sunday in Blue Cross Arena. The highlight-reel play and celebration that ensued were a distant memory for Smith when he met with…

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ROCHESTER — C.J. Smith knelt on the ice, staring blankly into the Rochester Americans' net as the announced crowd of 4,092 began to file out of Blue Cross Arena on Sunday afternoon. The moment was a snapshot of nearly five years worth of frustration for the franchise and the city's hockey fans. Smith helped the Amerks build a two-goal lead through 40 minutes, only to wa…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, is writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER — After earning his first regular NHL duty last season, a confident Nick Baptiste signed a new contract and expected he would stay in the Sabres organization. Not only did Baptiste, 23, play a career-hig…

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ROCHESTER -- There were no signs of dejection inside the Rochester Americans’ dressing room late Friday night. Victor Olofsson, the Amerks’ leading scorer, proclaimed he and his teammates were “happy with the way we played,” and not a negative word was spoken about two periods in which they allowed four goals. However, the Amerks are facing a harsh reality after thei…

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ROCHESTER – The criticism still irks Victor Olofsson as he stands outside the Rochester Americans' dressing room inside Blue Cross Arena. As a 19-year-old winger in the Swedish Hockey League, Olofsson was told repeatedly that he would never be big enough or strong enough to play professionally in North America. Those doubts weren't silenced when he was drafted 181st ove…

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ROCHESTER -- On the eve of their first practice ahead of the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Rochester Americans gathered for a team dinner to discuss the road ahead. The Amerks also reflected on how to avoid what befell them one year earlier, when they were swept in the first round by the Syracuse Crunch. The bitter taste from that series still lingers with the coaching staff…

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Fresh off an appearance in Buffalo in the Frozen Four, Providence College defenseman Jacob Bryson has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Sabres. Bryson will sign an amateur tryout contract and report to the Rochester Americans, who begin preparations Wednesday for the first round of the American Hockey League playoffs. Game 1 against Toronto is Friday nig…

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Had Zach Redmond stayed healthy, he likely would’ve made a run at the American Hockey League’s single-season record for most goals by a defenseman. The Rochester Americans' star scored a whopping 13 goals in the first 19 games. Redmond, of course, couldn’t keep up that torrid pace, but he kept producing at an elite level well into the winter. The mark of 30 goals set…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect who led Finland to Gold at the World Junior Championship, will join the Rochester Americans during their push for the Calder Cup. Sabres assistant general manager Randy Sexton announced Friday that Luukkonen will arrive on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season, though Luukkonen is unlikely to appe…

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Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor, whose name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for former Sabres coach Phil Housley, said he hasn’t interviewed or talked with the team about the opening. “I’m just concentrating on this year and our players and our team right now,” Taylor said Thursday. The Sabres fired Housley on Sunday following a disappointing 76-p…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Buffalo Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.Sabres prospect Casey Fitzgerald said he never considered free agency. After finishing his career at Boston College last month, Fitzgerald, 22, could have waited until August and hit the open market inste…

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ROCHESTER – With 40 minutes of grueling practice drills complete, the Rochester Americans huffed and puffed between sips of water or Gatorade while listening to second-year head coach Chris Taylor deliver instructions. Suddenly, most of the team broke out with a raucous cackle that echoed throughout an empty Blue Cross Arena. When Taylor was done explaining the drill, t…