Sabres assign eight players to Rochester

Three of the eight players assigned to the Amerks cleared waivers on Monday
By WGR 550 SportsRadio

The Buffalo Sabres announced on Monday the team has cut down its training camp roster by assigning eight players to the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League.

Those eight players are forwards Brandon Biro, Steven Fogarty, Brett Murray and C.J. Smith, defensemen Casey Fitzgerald and Ryan Jones, and goalies Michael Houser and Dustin Tokarski.

It was reported on Sunday that the Sabres placed four players on waivers, including Fogarty, Smith, Tokarski and defenseman Brandon Davidson. All four of those players cleared waivers on Monday, with Davidson remaining on the roster in Buffalo, for now.

Biro, Fogarty, Murray, Smith, Fitgerald and Tokarski all attended Buffalo's training camp this January under NHL contract, while Jones and Houser were training camp invites.

With Houser and Tokarski heading to Rochester on Monday, all signs are pointing towards the direction of goalie Jonas Johansson staying in Buffalo for the 2020-21 season as the team's taxi squad goaltender.

Both Houser and Tokarski will make up the Amerks' goaltending group this season, with prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen likely to join the group when Rochester's training camp opens. Luukkonen is currently playing on a loan in Finland's Liiga with TPS Turku.

The Sabres will have to finalize their 23-man roster and six-man taxi squad by Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. EST.