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Keep track of key offseason dates, player signings — from the 2021-22 team and how the 2022-23 squad is shaping up — in the official Amerks Player Tracker.

2021-22 AMERKS ROSTER TRACKER

Last updated on September 22, 2022.

PLAYER NAME POSITION TEAM TRANSACTION
Mark Alt D   Unrestricted Free Agent 
Brandon Biro F BUF (ROC) Signed Two-Year contract
Nick Boka D   Unrestricted Free Agent
Lukas Craggs F TOL (ECHL) Signed One-Year Contract
Brandon Davidson D KRS (KHL) Signed Two-Year Contract
Aaron Dell G SJS (SJ) Signed One-Year Contract
Mitch Eliot D ROC Signed One-Year Contract
Ben Holmstrom F   Unrestricted Free Agent
Michael Houser G ROC Signed One-Year Contract
Mark Jankowski F NSH (MIL) Signed One-Year Contract
Nate Knoepke D KC (ECHL) Signed One-Year Contract
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen G BUF (ROC) Signed Two-Year Contract
Ryan MacInnis F Amur (KHL) Signed One-Year Contract
Sean Malone F BUF (ROC) Signed One-Year Contract
Brett Murray F BUF (ROC) Signed One-Year Contract
Ethan Prow D ROC Signed Two-Year Contract
Arttu Ruotsalainen F EHC Kloten Signed Contract
Ryan Scarfo F HER (AHL) Signed One-Year Contract
Jimmy Schuldt D SEA (PTO) Signed PTO in Seattle
Josh Teves D JYP (Liiga) Signed One-Year Contract
Peter Tischke D ROC Signed One-Year Contract
Brendan Warren F ROC Signed One-Year Contract

For updates on all NHL free agents, visit the NHL.com Free Agent Tracker.

The following players are currently under contract with the Rochester Americans (AHL) or Buffalo Sabres (NHL) for the 2022-23 season:

PLAYER NAME POSITION 2022-23 CONTRACT TERM (YEAR EXPIRES)
Brandon Biro F Sabres (NHL) Two-year contract (2024-25)
Josh Bloom F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2025-26)
Zach Berzolla D Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Kale Clague D Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Jeremy Davies D Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Mitch Eliot D Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Casey Fitzgerald D Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2023-24)
Michael Houser G Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Mason Jobst F Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Tyson Kozak F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2026-27)
Peyton Krebs F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2024-25)
Oskari Laaksonen D Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2023-24)
Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen G Sabres (NHL) Two-year contract (2024-25)
Sean Malone F Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Michael Mersch F Amerks (AHL) Two-year contract (2023-24)
Brett Murray F Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Kohen Olischefski F Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Josh Passolt F Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Matej Pekar F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2023-24)
JJ Peterka F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2025-26)
Lawrence Pilut D Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Chase Priskie D Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Ethan Prow D Amerks (AHL) Two-year contract (2024-25)
Jack Quinn F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2025-26)
Lukas Rousek F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2023-24)
Mattias Samuelsson D Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2023-24)
Riley Sheahan F Sabres (NHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Peter Tischke D Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Beck Warm G Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Brendan Warren F Amerks (AHL) One-year contract (2023-24)
Linus Weissbach F Sabres (NHL) Entry-level contract (2023-24)

*Please note that this list is not the actual or implied Amerks roster for next season — this list includes players on entry-level or two-way contracts with the Buffalo Sabres.

CONTRACT + PLAYER TERMINOLOGY

A player that is a restricted free agent (RFA) has reached the end of their initial entry-level contract but is not yet an unrestricted free agent. Their rights are still held by the NHL team.

A player is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) if older than 25 (or after 7 years, whichever comes first) and his contract ends. UFAs can sign with any team.

All new players, under the age of 25, are required to sign an entry-level contract. Entry-level contracts are three years if the player is age 18-21, two years if age 22-24 and one year if age 24.

If a player signs an AHL contract, then he is not eligible to play in the NHL.

If a player is currently on a two-way contract, then his pay is dependent on if he is assigned to the NHL or the AHL. All entry-level contracts are two-way contracts.

If a player is currently on a one-way contract, then he is paid the same amount of money regardless of whether he plays in the NHL or AHL.

KEY OFFSEASON DATES:

SEPTEMBER 15-18: PROSPECTS CHALLENGE

The Buffalo Sabres prospects dominated the Prospects Challenge: they went 3-0 against the prospects from Montreal, New Jersey, and Ottawa. Led by Tyson Kozak's two two-goal games — and with a big impact from the Rousek-Kulich-Rosen line — the Sabres outscored their opponents 17-0 over the weekend.

Prospects Challenge Recap All Prospects Challenge Content

SEPTEMBER 22: SABRES TRAINING CAMP BEGINS

21 players who suited up for the Amerks last season will hit the ice on Thursday, September 22 for the start of training camp with the Buffalo Sabres. A few well-known Amerks will be vying for a spot on the Sabres' Opening Night roster.

The Sabres will play in six preseason games (three at KeyBank Center, three on the road) before their Home Opener on Thursday, October 13.

Training Camp Roster Sabres' Preseason Schedule

OCTOBER 9: AMERKS PRESEASON GAME

The Amerks will host the Comets in a preseason tilt at Blue Cross Arena on Sunday, October 9 at 5pm. Don't miss your first peek at the 2022-23 squad! Tickets are on sale now.

Preseason Schedule Preseason Tickets

OCTOBER 14: AMERKS HOME OPENER

The Amerks' home opener is set for Friday, October 14, 2022! Full and half-season memberships are on sale now.

Home Opener Info 

FLEX PACKS ON SALE NOW!

The most affordable and flexible ticket option: select your seats and your games with a 2022-23 Flex Pack! Tickets starting as low as $20 per game.

Flex Packs Season Ticket Memberships

 

PREVIOUS OFFSEASON DATES:

SEPTEMBER 9: TICKETS ON SALE

All single game tickets for the 2022-23 Amerks season will go on sale on Friday, September 9th! Featuring seven specialty jersey games and six giveaway nights, you don't want to miss any of the action at Blue Cross Arena.

SEASON TICKET MEMBERSHIPS NEW: COLLECTORS PACK

SEPTEMBER 7: PROMO SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The entire 2022-23 Amerks Promotional Schedule will be announced on Wednesday, September 7th. Specialty jersey games will be announced weekly, beginning at the end of July.

All season ticket members will be able to purchase single game tickets during their exclusive presale, starting on Wednesday, September 7th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 9th.

MEMBERSHIP INFO

JULY 21: SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The 72-game slate for the 2022-23 season has been announced!

SEE FULL SCHEDULE SCHEDULE DOWNLOAD

BUY A COLLECTORS PACK!

New this season: the Collectors Pack! Purchase the nine-game pack, which includes all seven specialty jersey games and two giveaways, and get tickets to the Home Opener FOR FREE! Additionally, with each Collectors Pack purchased, you'll receive a special edition set of trading cards – with one card per specialty jersey night throughout the season. Each pack will feature one autographed card.

PURCHASE A COLLECTORS PACK

JULY 13-16: DEVELOPMENT CAMP

Development Camp will feature current Sabres prospects, including players selected during the 2022 NHL Draft. Attendees will take part in both on-ice and off-ice workouts. All on-ice sessions will be held at LECOM Harborcenter.

On-ice sessions from July 13 to 15 are free and open to the public. Admittance will be on a first-come, first-served basis and is not guaranteed. 

The French Connection Tournament, an intra-squad 3-on-3 tournament, will highlight the final day of camp on Saturday, July 16, beginning at 9:15 a.m. It will be a ticketed event.

DEV CAMP ROSTER DEV CAMP CONTENT HUB

 

JULY 13: FREE AGENCY BEGINS

The Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans can sign any unrestricted free agents starting on July 13. 

JULY 12: QUALIFYING OFFERS

NHL teams must send a Qualifying Offer by the Monday following the NHL Draft (July 12, 2022) in order to retain the rights to any Restricted Free Agent. A Qualifying Offer is a raise BASD ON THIS AND THIS. The Qualifiying Offer is considered "on the table" for two weeks, and if a player signs his Qualifying Offer, he is under contract with the Sabres for one more season.

Teams are not required to send Qualifying Offers to RFAs. RFAs that do not receive a Qualifying Offer become UFAs on July 13, the opening of NHL Free Agency.

Other NHL teams can send an RFA an offer sheet. An offer sheet is for a contract with a certain term (years) and dollar amount. The team that holds the RFA's rights has seven days to match the offer sheet. If the team matches, then the player remains with his team under the terms of the offer sheet. If the team does not match, the player goes to the team that signed him to the offer sheet and his former team receives compensation in terms of draft picks based on the financial terms of the offer sheet.

The four Sabres' Restricted Free Agents that ended the season with the Amerks are Brandon Biro, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, Brett Murray, and Arttu Ruotsalainen.

SABRES SEND QUALIFYING OFFERS

SABRES RE-SIGN BIRO SABRES RE-SIGN MURRAY

JULY 7-8: NHL DRAFT

The NHL Entry Draft was Thursday, July 7 (first round) and Friday, July 8 (second through seventh rounds) at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec.

The Buffalo Sabres selected center Matthew Savoie with the 9th-overall pick, center Noah Ostlund with the 16th-overall pick, and Jiri Kulich with the 28th-overall pick.

TAKEAWAYS FROM DAY 1 SABRES SELECT 8 ON DAY 2