Yesterday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres placed defenseman Joe Finley on waivers with the intent of him playing out the season in Rochester with the Americans.
Finley to Rochester seemed like a mere formality until news came across on Twitter.
Sounds like NYI claim BUF D Joe Finley
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 14, 2013
Joe Finley will immediately join the New York Islanders franchise, adding defensive depth to a team that lacks the aformentioned defensive depth.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie went on to confirm the news.
NYI claim Joe Finley off waivers from BUF. No other players claimed from yesterday's waivers.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 14, 2013
This confirmation does mean that Amerks goaltender David Leggio and defenseman Drew Scheistel have both cleared waivers and will continue to play in Rochester.
Stay tuned to Sabres Hockey Central for the latest news on this developing story.