Phil Varone

#84 C / Buffalo Sabres / EXP: 2YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 193 lb Age: 25 College: None

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  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Sabres' Philip Varone: Sent to AHL Rockford

    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.

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    Sabres' Philip Varone: Recalled from minors

    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.

  • Varone Inks One-Year Deal With Sabres

    News: 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.
    Analysis: Phil Varone played in 28 games with the Sabres in 2014-15, notching a total of five points over that span. He will likely return to his bottom-six role with the Sabres at the start of 2015-16, but will probably spend time in both the NHL and AHL this season.
  • Sabres To Retain Varone

    News: Phil Varone will be given a qualifying offer by the Sabres, reports The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: The diminutive center continues to battle and defy the odds. Despite playing in just 55 games with AHL Rochester, Phil Varone finished as the team's leading scorer for the second consecutive season, and in 28 games with Buffalo managed three goals and five points and an ugly minus-14 rating. The 24-year-old has played four seasons in the AHL and may not be so interested in a two-way deal, but his past performance indicates that he may not be talented enough to be a consistent NHL scorer and too small to play a checking role. Varone's training camp performance will dictate where he plays, and right now remains off the fantasy radar.
  • Sabres Demote Varone

    News: Phil Varone was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Monday.
    Analysis: Phil Varone got his chance when the Sabres were hit by a rash of injuries, and he finishes the NHL season with five points in 28 games, both of which were career bests. The diminutive center is a proven AHL scorer, but did little to convince the Sabres that he can replicate his success at the NHL level. At 24 years old, Varone is entering crossroads in his career, and despite the Sabres' search for young talent at the moment, he may not have a long-term future with the club. However, Varone can still finish the season as Rochester's top scorer; he has 43 points in 52 games to date.
  • Sabres Move Varone To Second Line

    News: Varnoe was dropped to the second line from the first line at Monday's practice, reports Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Phil Varone collected two points Friday against Ottawa but was held off the score sheet Saturday against Washington. Johan Larsson had a stronger showing Saturday, which may have precipitated Varone's demotion, though it's tough to gauge which center will be the better performer each night. The Sabres are fostering some competition within the team as Varone and Larsson audition for regular roles next year. However, in the grand scheme of things it may not matter whether Varone or Larsson is the team's top center since the team has trouble scoring in general.
  • Sabres' Varone Collects Two Points In Loss

    News: Phil Varone scored his third goal of the season and had an assist in Friday's loss to the Senators.
    Analysis: The new Sabres' top-line center now has four points in 11 games on the season. He's posted strong assist totals in the AHL, so the 24-year-old should be able to put up decent point totals with Tyler Ennis and Matt Moulson on his wings in his second NHL season.
  • Sabres' Varone Making Most Of Opportunities

    News: Phil Varone, the Sabres' new No. 1 center, wants to show the team what he can do, reports the Olean Times Herald.
    Analysis: Phil Varone skated on the Sabres' top line in a 3-0 shutout loss against the Lightning and will remain as the team's No. 1 center for the foreseeable future. Varone was leading AHL Rochester in scoring when he was called up and centered a line with Matt Moulson and Tyler Ennis on the wings. The trio could provide some magic offensively with Varone and Ennis complimenting each other as skill players with Moulson serving as the shooter. The Sabres called up Mikhail Grigorenko on Thursday and will serve as the No. 2 center. Grigorenko and Varone will be tasked to carry the Sabres offense until the end of the season. Varone has two goals in 10 games this season.
  • Sabres Tab Varone For Top Line

    News: Phil Varone skated on the Sabres' top line Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
    Analysis: Phil Varone played 19:01, a season-high, although he didn't register a point in the 3-0 shutout loss. Varone was AHL Rochester's leading scorer when he was called up and after toiling in the minors for the past two years, his hard work has paid off. He registered two shots on net and will continue to serve as the team's No. 1 centerman with Zemgus Girgensons (fractured ankle) sidelined. The Sabres don't score much but if they do, Varone should be in line for some points. He has two goals in 10 NHL games this season.
  • Sabres Recall Varone

    News: The Sabres recalled Phil Varone on Thursday, the team's official site reports.
    Analysis: Along with Phil Varone, fellow forward Zac Dalpe was recalled from AHL Rochester, in moves that were made with injuries to Zemgus Girgensons (foot) and Tyler Ennis (lower body) in mind. Varone, who has recorded two goals in seven NHL games this season, leads Rochester in scoring with 43 points in 52 games. For at least Thursday's game against the Canucks, Varone will form an all-Rochester line with Johan Larsson on the left wing and Dalpe on the right wing. The small and feisty Varone will be expected to pitch in with some scoring and physical play.
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