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02-18-2012, 04:20 AM
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Dear Darcy: Do not call up these players

In Dear Darcy: Do not call up these players, Matthew Coller of WGR writes:
Their solid playoff chances, however, are only one reason the last-place Sabres should leave top prospects Luke Adam, Brayden McNabb and Marcus Foligno in Rochester. The other? Veteran Amerks players are a better example to learn from than the last-place Sabres players.
Prospects like Adam benefit from being around players who are forced to outwork their talent to keep their hockey careers alive. Whitmore's battled like crazy to get this far and never forgets it. During a 9-4 win last week against the Texas Stars, Whitmore slid across the ice to block a power-play slap shot with his team up by five goals. That's what general manager Darcy Regier should want his young players to see.

Furthermore, players in Rochester are expected each other to stand up for teammates. They aren't forced by public embarrassment a la Milan Lucic running over Ryan Miller. Friday night, when a Monsters player ran forward Michael Ryan into the wall. Travis Turnbull immediately dropped the gloves. Seconds later, Igor Gongalsky did too. They didn't have to be told, they just did. That's the expectation of their teammates and it has been all year.

If there is a Sabres fire sale, Regier should replace the open spots with a few of the AHL players who have spent years trying to move through the system. Players like Turnbull, Corey Tropp and Drew Schiestel.
Coller also adds additional notes on three Amerks:
Drew Schiestel played his best game of the season Friday night. He was an AHL All-Star last season and we finally saw it. Schiestel had a difficult knee injury that often takes a year to be fully back even if the knee is healthy enough to play. You have to think Schiestel would have been called up this year had he been 100 percent.
Marcus Foligno was drilled by a Brayden McNabb slap shot in the face. He skated off in a hurry with blood pouring from his face. Foligno did not return to the game, but appeared to be alright after the game. He posted a picture on his Twitter account after the game of a giant score above his lip. Coach Rolston said he wasn't sure when the Amerks' forward would be back in the lineup but expected him not to miss much time.

Brayden McNabb was fantastic again. If there's one player the Sabres should consider untouchable in trade moves, it's McNabb. He scored a goal for the Amerks on Friday night and continued to play hard.

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