Have no fear, another Amerk is here

Perhaps the whole ‘ hey, a lot of Amerks are playing for the Sabres right now’ topic has been over done, just a little. But, would you rather talk about the Pens game on Saturday night? I think not.

It has gotten to the point where I’m pretty sure the Sabres take up most of the transactions list on various hockey websites. We have brought up Amerks and injured them, the Amerks who have stayed behind are injured. The current injured Sabres are slowly being forgotten, no one really remembers Brad Boyes or where Zack Kassian actually belongs.

We’re a mess, and it oddly enough may not be what is leading to an unlucky streak.

Since we started ordering the youngins like you order socks, I have been waiting for Marcus Foligno to get the call up. I don’t mean casually checking updates to see who would be next to make the hour and a half drive on the 90, I mean putting customers on hold at work to check my twitter, and informing the vice president of our office why I was doing that.

Not to mention, watching left wingers go down, and getting a little too excited for yet another injury.

Regardless, here he is (here being Ottawa for the time being). I’m a little annoyed, because I was excited to see at least some common Amerks at the game on Wednesday, but what can you do? The excitement of your first NHL game, especially playing against an older sibling, entails for a mighty good time, regardless of whether it is a win or a loss.

Mike Foligno’s recently open schedule should also allow for him to be in Ottawa tomorrow night, and I do mean that in the kindest way possible.

In the past few weeks, the Sabres have been dissected in their losing woes, trying to figure out what is going wrong. A team made up of rookies would concern other teams, but it’s really anything but unfamiliar territory with the Sabres. Some of our strongest current forwards were once impressive call ups. A number of rookies this year have played to the extent that has left us saying ‘ that’s okay, Brad Boyes, take your time.’

While prancing around the Amerks website, where I swear I heard crickets chirping, I came across the current roster and took an in depth look at it.

Here’s a peek:

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All the X’s indicate inactive players. With the exception of Chris Clackson, ‘ inactive’ is code for ‘ currently in the Buff.’ Kassian and McNabb were called up relatively close together, and have almost missed half the current season in Rochester.

In addition to all the transactions, the Amerks have also recently lost Finley and Morrisonn to injuries (apparently, when translated to the AHL, that’s a bad thing). Stuart and Tropp are both called up and injured. If memory serves me correctly, the big boy team cannot return a call up if they’re injured. Remember when Nate Gerbe was just hanging out here for awhile two years ago?

With the exception of the injuries, the invasion of rookies has been good luck (at least, for the rookies). Though I will be relying on twitter and text messages while at work for his NHL debut, I really hope the luck of the call ups will carry on to Foligno.

Sibling rivalry can fuel some very dangerous things.

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