Phil Varone

C / Buffalo Sabres / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None

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    • 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.
    • Sabres Send Varone To AHL

      News: The Sabres have assigned Phil Varone to AHL Rochester.
      Analysis: Phil Varone, who has recorded two goals in seven NHL games this season, returns to Rochester, where he is the team's co-scoring scoring leader (along with Mikhail Grigorenko) with 29 points in 36 games. The demotion shouldn't be all that surprising with Varone getting benched to start Saturday's game against Philadelphia. The diminutive center has a lot of skill but hasn't played up to head coach Ted Nolan's standards. It's entirely possible that Varone will get another audition later in the season if he continues to excel at the AHL level.
    • Sabres' Varone Benched Saturday Against Flyers

      News: Phil Varone played just 50 seconds in the first period against Philadelphia on Saturday.
      Analysis: Phil Varone and Cody Hodgson were in head coach Ted Nolan's doghouse Saturday, each playing just 50 seconds in the first frame. Varone had a two-goal game earlier this season but his play has fallen off the map a little and Nolan wanted to send a message to the team that only those playing to his level of standard will get the ice time. Varone has yet to find a permanent spot in the Sabres lineup and more subpar performances could mean a demotion back to the AHL. Nolan is notoriously tough on young players and if Varone doesn't get his ice time, he won't be able to produce offensively. His fantasy value is limited until he gets a regular role. His ice time has declined in his past four games.
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