Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- With Will Carrier and Justin Bailey the future of the Sabres, Buffalo waived Derek Grant to try to get him to Rochester. Nashville had other ideas and claimed the center off waivers from the Sabres.
Grant was pretty much a penalty killer and faceoff man for Buffalo. In 35 games he had no goals and three assists. He won 52.6 percent of his faceoffs.
Buffalo would like the depth at center, but they do have Cal O’Reilly on the farm. Dan Bylsma said getting him to the Amerks is what they were trying to do, “That was part of the plan there. Obviously we knew it was a possibility. Hopefully Derek’s got an opportunity for Derek going to Nashville, but we thought with Cal O’Reilly being a center, we could get through with that part of the plan as well.”
Robin Lehner is still sick which means Linus Ullmark is going on the trip to Tampa and Raleigh.
Tyler Ennis was one of 12 players that took part in the optional practice on Wednesday. Bylsma put him through some hard skating drills and he said Ennis needs more time, “He’s had four workouts which have been good. He’s progressing really well, but I don’t think he’s quite ready to get into a game just yet, so he won’t be in the Tampa Bay game.”