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Jason Botterill

Start of Amerks Training Camp Presents One Question for this Season

The foundation of the Rochester Americans has been set by management and the coaching staff along with eight players returning for third seasons in the organization but one question will carry on through to Spring – can they win a playoff series? Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton along with the coaching staff of Chris Taylor, …
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Alex Nylander Traded to Chicago for Henri Jokiharju

A surprise move was made Tuesday afternoon when the Buffalo Sabres announced that they traded Alex Nylander to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Henri Jokiharju. Initial reaction: Immediate upgrade. The following statement was released in a press release from the Sabres: “Henri is a young, mobile defenseman who has shown he can compete …
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Top Center Jean-Sebastien Dea Signed to a Two-Year Deal

The top center position was filled today for Rochester when the Buffalo Sabres signed Jean-Sebastien Dea to a two-year contract (one-way both seasons) that will pay him the league minimum $700k. That’s a big raise from the $200k he was earning in the minors last season. Dea is a top center in the American League …
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John Gilmour Signs with Buffalo, Top Six Defenseman in Rochester

The Buffalo Sabres have made it official that they signed defenseman John Gilmour to a one-year one-way contract today for $700k. This is a move that may make some Sabres first fans say who and why? He’ll provide some incredible depth as an offensive threat on the Amerks blue line joining Zach Redmond as a …
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Curtis Lazar Signed by Buffalo, Expected Top Forward for Amerks

The news leaked out late Saturday (and confirmed late Sunday) that Curtis Lazar would be signing a one-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres and with the official start of free agency at noon the news was confirmed. Lazar has signed a one-way contract for league minimum $700k for one year. He can play the center …
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Foundations are Set in Rochester for Another Strong Season

There was a time when years in Rochester were calculated between appearances in the Calder Cup finals but now we’re counting years since winning a first round playoff series. The franchise has now gone through 14 seasons without advancing beyond the first round with seven of those seasons missing the playoffs completely. Over the course …
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Six Amerks Scored 20 Plus Goals, First time in Over 20 Seasons

There’s a lot of remarkable achievements for the 2018/2019 Rochester Americans in the regular season. They were third overall in the league, they had the best road record, and they also tied a franchise record for road wins in a season with 25. They also scored a lot of goals finishing third overall in the league …
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Interview with Cyclones Head Coach Matt Thomas

There’s always a Rochester connection and new Cincinnati Cyclones head coach Matt Thomas has one. He played four seasons of hockey as a center at RIT and graduated in 1998. His older brother lived in Rochester for 10 years as well. Thomas made a return trip to Rochester not long after the Gene Polisseni Center opened …
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Six Things to Remember About Last Season

Is it October yet? That’s the question hockey addicts ask all summer waiting for a new season to start. The regular season starts in October but it’s time we accept September as the start to the new season. The Prospects Challenge, NHL training camp, NHL preseason games, AHL training camp and AHL preseason games all …
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Rochester Comments from Sexton and Botterill at the Draft

The 2018 NHL Draft is in the history books and everyone knows what Buffalo did so here’s some Rochester related comments. Jason Botterill and Randy Sexton met with the media after the draft and here’s what they had to say with direct relation to Rochester. The two interviews below are worth watching in their entirety …
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Amerks Notes, Botterill Talks Nylander and Ullmark and Johansson Returns

The Amerks are heading to Binghamton today after defeating them on Friday night in a massive 10-3 win. The last time the Amerks had scored 10 goals in a game was December 16, 2016. [ Read our Friday Night Recap ] **** Goaltender Jonas Johansson played in his first game of the season on Friday …
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Opening Night is here with Depth, Attitude and Coaching

It’s finally arrived. After yet another LONG summer we’re now on the cusp of opening night and while several previous seasons have yielded some good free agent signings – this summer was outstanding. There’s three reasons to be more excited about this season than previous ones: depth, attitude and coaching! Depth A quick look at …
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