Phil Varone played nine games with the Sabres last season. ©2015, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres recall Tim Schaller and Phil Varone from Amerks

BUFFALO – The struggling Sabres, losers of four straight games and eight of the last nine, recalled forwards Tim Schaller and Phil Varone from Rochester tonight.

At this point, the Sabres need any spark they can find.

The team also assigned center Johan Larsson to Rochester.

Schaller, 24, had three stints with the Sabres earlier this season, scoring one goal. He has a team-high 10 goals and is second on the AHL Americans with 23 points in 34 games.

The New Hampshire native made his NHL debut Nov. 29 in Montreal.

Meanwhile, Varone, 24, has eight goals and a team-high 29 points in 35 games with the Amerks. He played his first nine NHL games last season, compiling one goal and two points.

Larsson, 22, has one goal and two points in 12 NHL games this season. Sabres coach Ted Nolan hinted Friday time was running out for the Swede to make an impression.

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