Varone has been assigned to AHL Rochester. Varone picked up an assist and logged 10:40 of ice time Friday night against the Canadiens as a replacement for Daniel Catenacci, who sustained a head injury and was placed on injured reserve. Before Varone can take the next step in the NHL, he'll need to work on his line defense. The 25-year-old has a minus-22 rating even in the minors this season.
Varone was recalled by the Sabres on Friday. Daniel Catenacci was placed on injured reserve with a head injury Friday, so Varone will slot into the lineup as a bottom-six forward during his absence. Varone, a former fifth-round pick, is expected to skate with David Legwand and Justin Bailey on the Sabres' fourth line in Friday's game against the Canadiens.
Varone will join the flood of players heading to the AHL on Wednesday. Varone was brought up to Buffalo on Jan. 16 and saw action in four contests before being a healthy scratch for the Sabres' last two outings. Therefore it is not a shock to see him return to the AHL. In 19 games with the Americans this season, the young center has been dynamic, scoring 10 goals and nine helpers in 33 games.
Varone has been recalled from AHL Rochester, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports. While Varone has yet to earn a full-time role in the NHL, he contributes at a decent rate offensively. In 33 games with the minor-league affiliate Americans this season, the 25-year-old has picked up 10 goals and nine assists. Varone does need to improve away from his own zone, however, as he takes a break from the AHL after posting an ugly minus-20 rating.
Phil Varone signed a one-year (two-way) deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level on Monday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
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