Phil Varone is on recall to the Sabres. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres prospect Phil Varone named AHL All-Star with Amerks; Justin Bailey traded in OHL

Rochester Americans center Phil Varone, who’s on recall to the Buffalo Sabres, has been named to the AHL All-Star Game, the league announced today.

Varone has enjoyed another strong AHL season, compiling eight goals and a team-high 29 points in 35 games with the Amerks.

The 24-year-old is set to make his NHL season debut tonight in New Jersey.

Two former Sabres also earned spots in the game. Hershey Bears forward Tim Kennedy, ... Read the full article

John Scott played defense part of Monday’s win. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Flu bug forces the Sabres to play short-handed, utilize tough guy John Scott

BUFFALO – Good thing the NHL’s three-day Christmas break begins today. A flu bug ravaging through the Sabres forced them to dress only 16 skaters for Monday’s 2-1 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes inside the First Niagara Center.

The Sabres scratched forwards Marcus Foligno, Ville Leino and Linus Omark and defenseman Alexander Sulzer, all of whom played Saturday.

With just 10 forwards available, interim coach Ted Nolan switched tough guy John Scott, a winger ... Read the full article

Tim Kennedy played 78 games as a rookie with the Sabres in 2009-10. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

South Buffalo’s Tim Kennedy happy with Coyotes, ready to face Sabres

BUFFALO – Finally, more than three years after the leaving the Sabres, Tim Kennedy’s career appears to be on an upswing again.

The South Buffalo native has spent the last month as a Phoenix Coyotes regular, mostly playing left wing on a top line beside Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal. Kennedy skated 19:05 on Thursday, just 11 seconds less than his career high.

It’s been a long, arduous journey for Kennedy since the Sabres unexpectedly ... Read the full article

Tim Kennedy played regularly in the NHL in 2009-10. ©2013, Janet Schultz, Olean Times Herald

Former Sabre Kennedy back in NHL with Sharks

South Buffalo native and former Sabres forward Tim Kennedy returned to the NHL on Tuesday, skating 15:33 in the San Jose Sharks’ 1-0 overtime loss in Nashville.

Kennedy had been dominating the AHL, compiling 13 goals and 37 points in 37 games with Worchester.

The 26-year-old last played in the big leagues on Jan. 5, 2012 with the Florida Panthers.

Kennedy’s NHL career famously derailed in August 2010 when the Sabres walked away from a ... Read the full article