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Buffalo Sabres Still Locked Out; Rochester Americans Ready to Play

October 11th, 2012 at 9:05 AM
By Mike Matisz

While the NHL is still locked out, awaiting an agreement, the AHL is ready to get started. Buffalo Sabres' AHL affiliate Rochester Americans are ready to go, with their season starting Friday.

Typically, the Americans would be playing second fiddle to the Sabres, but without the NHL, the AHL is the highest level of hockey to be played in North America so far this season. 

While most players cannot play in the AHL, the Sabres have sent down such players as Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno, who have plenty of NHL experience. 

Taking a step back to the AHL may be frustrating for some players, fans of the Americans are ready to embrace these players as they attempt to keep sharp without leaving the states.

The Rochester Americans are looking to build off of their first round playoff elimination from last season and start with a nearby rival, the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch are in the same boat as the Americans, hoping to work off a first round exit.

The game is in Rochester at Blue Cross Arena and begins at 7:05pm. Tickets are still available.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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