Author Archive

Veteran core coming together

August 13, 2013 - By

The Amerks core is built, and it appears to be quite strong. Not only are these guys very talented, but many could be a C or A on any team at this level.

Center: Matt Ellis

Center: Mike Zigomanis

LW: Jamie Tardif

W: Colton Gillies

D: Drew Bagnall

D: Alex Sulzer

With a featured Outdoor Event and an entry into the Spengler Cup – a very strong team is mandatory this season.

Most importantly – a core like this could help the Amerks end their playoff series win drought of 9 seasons.

And the Banners Weep

May 2, 2013 - By
And the Banners Weep


– No Playoff wins in 3 seasons (since the..GASP..Florida years)

– No Playoff series wins in 8 seasons

– No Playoff run in 9 seasons

– No Cup Appearance in 13 seasons

– No Cup in 17 years

Amerks, Playoffs and Darcy

April 11, 2013 - By
Amerks, Playoffs and Darcy

After a second frustrating trade deadline in a row, Eric Bourgeois and Jason Bonno discuss the Amerk playoff roster (who’s on it, who is not), playoff chances……..and Darcy Regier.

Kevin Porter

Eric: He was clearly very important to the team in many ways as its captain and is sorely missed. Good for him in getting NHL time, but I think he would have cleared waivers so that he could have played with us in the playoffs.

Jason: This was a tough blow to the Amerks. Porter’s speed and puck possession were elite at the AHL level, and are two things the Amerks severely lack currently. He was the backbone of the Amerks forwards. Beyond his offensive abilities, he was also responsible defensively and was a key PK’er. I can’t say 100%, but my guess is he would have cleared waivers. His 1-way deal next season was a nice security blanket and probably would have scared off teams from claiming him.

Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno

Eric: I’m okay with considering them “graduated” and therefore not eligible for the playoffs here, but boy does the Buffalo organization need some playoff experience for its young players. And it’s not like Hodgson [...]Read More

Veteran core the key to success

February 4, 2013 - By
Veteran core the key to success

Darcy Regier answered our previous question of “Does Buffalo care about winning here” with a YES.

With the additions of Adam Pardy and Patrick Rissmiller, the Amerks now have a legitimate veteran core that is capable of a Calder Cup run. Rissmiller (34 years young) is particularly important because he gives some age to a rather young team.

Defined as having played 320+ pro games at the AHL or higher level, the Amerks now have 4 veterans in Pardy, Rissmiller, Mancari and Tarnasky to go along with the exempt spot (260-320 games) that Captain Kevin Porter fills. League rules allow up to 5 veteran spots to be used per game (plus the exempt spot, and goalies are excluded) so we still could use one more. Matt Ellis is a possibility and frankly I would like a little depth added to this most critical core, too.

So please Darcy, make that a YES – with a exclamation point! Teams who compete for the Calder Cup never have a shortage of veteran players, and Rochester’s storied history – as displayed in banner form in the War Memorial – are proof of this.

Does Buffalo care about winning in Rochester?

December 9, 2012 - By

-Written by Jason Bonno

Buffalo Sabres management is failing the Rochester Americans. The season, which arrived amidst much hoopla with the NHL lockout, is starting to come off the rails by the middle of December, with apparently no help in sight. To the contrary, the positive is just that, it’s only the middle of December and there are 55 games remaining. However, one has to wonder if Sabres GM Darcy Regier and Kevin Devine, who oversees Amerks hockey operations, really have any pulse on what is happening to the Amerks – and if they do, do they care?

It didn’t start well on the injury front, with the Amerks losing Corey Tropp for the season during their very first game. Many fans hoped for a replacement player right away. That the Sabres management would recognize losing their top winger in the first game could be a devastating blow, especially in a league with so much talent. But nothing happened. It was understandable, especially when Brian Flynn capitalized on his new opportunity. He has, perhaps, become the Amerks’ best forward and arguably MVP to date.

However, it didn’t end there. As it seems to happen to every year to the Amerks, [...]Read More

2012-2013 Amerk Preview

October 11, 2012 - By
2012-2013 Amerk Preview

(Special thanks to main contributor – Jason Bonno)

The long hockey offseason is finally ending and the Rochester Americans are preparing to open the season Friday night against their longtime rivals, the Syracuse Crunch. It’s been an interesting offseason, to say the least, as the NHL has locked out its players. For Amerks fans, however, this means being able to watch players who otherwise would have made the Buffalo Sabres. Cody Hodgson, acquired in the trade with Zack Kassian at the trade deadline, headlines that group along with Marcus Foligno. Guys like Corey Tropp and Brayden McNabb also had excellent chances to make the Sabres based on training camp play. The offseason also saw the return of former Amerk Mark Mancari, who had somewhat of a rocky past with Amerks fans, but today appears more mature – a better player and someone who is looking to take on a leadership role. Rounding out the well-knowns is the return of Amerks 2011-2012 MVP goalie David Leggio.

The stability the Amerks and the rest of the AHL will have during the lockout without any recalls will help improve the product we see on a nightly basis.

We’ll first breakdown the Amerks’ forwards [...]Read More

2012 AHL Western Conference Playoff Race and Projections

February 16, 2012 - By

This post will be updated daily and can be easily found on the right sidebar of the site at any time.

Updated: Updated through 4/13/2012

If the Amerks WIN in regulation/OT in Cleveland they clinch a playoff berth as long as Houston doesn’t win both of their games in regulation/OT by as of now 10+ goals. If we just win in shootout, we’d need Houston to not win both games in regulation/OT OR for (Milwaukee OR Charlotte) not to BOTH get 3/4 points. Could have to wait until Sunday night for final confirmation.

[table id=25 /]

* Projected Division Winners – Automatic Playoff Spot/Top Seed

15 years ago today…..

June 13, 2011 - By
15 years ago today…..

Scotty Metcalfe and crew brought Frank home in front of the loudest and most excited crowd in the history of Rochester.

A look back on the roster that night:

Forwards:
Ward – Holzinger – Conn
Jackson – Charron – Moore
Frawley – Nichol – Metter
Primeau-Brown

D
Houda
Melanson
Ndur
Klimentiev
Hollinger

Goalies
Shields
Blue

And 54 years later they still are!

April 18, 2011 - By

Bob Marcotte of the D&C finished his multi-part story on the Amerks first season today. An excellent read!

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011104180317

Amerks Locker Room Ceiling

Eric’s review of past 30 seasons

April 15, 2011 - By
Eric’s review of past 30 seasons

Below you’ll find a quick review of the past 30 seasons by new editor and die hard Amerks fan Eric Bourgeois.. click read more to view the stats.  Here’s his run down in a few words about how each season has played out and the outcome.  Stuff you likely won’t see anywhere else that we’ll continue providing!

Season Record Summary 79-80 28-42-10 Buffalo’s first season as parent, No playoffs 80-81 30-42-8 No playoffs 81-82 40-31-9 9 playoff games including my first one 82-83 46-25-9 CUP! Powerhouse after bad start.  Offensive juggernaut.  Oh that PP! 83-84 46-32-2 Cup loss to Maine as Crow return.  First season I went to at least 20 games. 84-85 40-27-13 First round and out to Skipjacks, Buffalo bought team, Schonny called up and Boxie era begin. 85-86 34-39-7 No playoffs, ridiculous injuries, Gardner’s 60, Gage’s first season here 86-87 47-26-7 CUP! Got better and better all season. Amazing final series against Sherbrooke. 87-88 46-26-8 First round and out to Adirondack in an awesome 7 game set. Not a complete failure. 88-89 38-37-5 About as enjoyable of a non-playoff season you could ever have because they came back from an 0-10 start. Metter-Kerr-Ray line gave fans something [...]Read More