Before last night’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, it had been announced that the Sabres had signed forward Phil Varone to a three-year entry level deal.
Varone, who is 22 years old, has spent the entire season with the Rochester Americans, playing under a one-year AHL contract. Varone currently leads the Amerks with 43 points (8 goals, 35 assists). He was originally drafted in the 2009 Entry Draft (5th round, 147th overall) by the San Jose Sharks but he failed to stick with the organization.
Adding to the excitement of the past few days, there was another announcement this evening.
Travis Turnbull, 25 years old, has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) to go along with 94 penalty minutes for the Rochester Americans this season.
Turnbull has been in the Sabres system since the end of the 2008-09 AHL season, when he made his AHL debut with the Portland Pirates after finishing up his final year at the University of Michigan.
His father, Perry Turnbull, was an NHL veteran of 608 games.
Oddly enough, Perry was drafted one spot before Mike Foligno, father of Marcus Foligno.
Stay tuned to Sabres Hockey Central for more developing news on the emergency call-up of center Travis Turnbull.