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Sabres swap first-rounders: Zadorov in, Ristolainen out

Oct 19, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

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The Buffalo SabresĀ swapped 2013 first-round picks on Saturday, sending Rasmus Ristolainen (eighth overall) down to the AHL in favor of Nikita Zadorov (16th)

Both are defensemen.

It’s unclear if Zadorov will make the starting lineup for tonight’s home game against the Colorado Avalanche, but PHT’s Joe Yerdon reports that Zemgus Girgensons is shaking off a recent puck to the face to play.

“[Healing] was quick,” Girgensons said. “The day after the eye was totally shut, but now it’s perfect.”

  1. moose2k - Oct 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic

  2. esracerx46 - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I thought 18 yr olds were ineligible to go to the AHL. Thought it was NHL or back to Europe/Junior?

  3. ralphwilsonisrich - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    This group couldn’t beat the Rochester Amerks. Miller said this is real fun!

    • storminator16 - Oct 21, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      That is a CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL) agreement with the AHL. It doesn’t apply to U20s who played elsewhere.

  4. slysipops - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    SABRE fans new fight song ? ……………….

  5. slysipops - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    OR MAYBE …………….

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