Malone was not given a qualifying offer by the Sabres on Tuesday, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Malone is technically still eligible to sign with any NHL club, but the center already agreed to terms on a one-year deal with AHL Rochester, which will at least keep him on the radar for team brass. If he can put together a solid campaign, the 23-year-old could earn himself an NHL deal from Buffalo next summer.
Malone (knee) was reassigned to AHL Rochester on Tuesday, Ian Ott of the Sabres' official site reports.
Malone sustained a knee injury in the preseason, so he'll try to make up for lost time. The Buffalo native recorded 12 goals and 10 assists over 73 games with the Amerks last season, but he's presumably looking at a lengthy stay in the AHL unless injuries threaten the team up front. After all, the Sabres have had a hard time finding playing time for Remi Elie and Tage Thompson, let alone Malone, who's only appeared in one game at the top level in his career.
Malone (knee) will be sidelined for six weeks, per the Sabres' injury report.
Malone was a long-shot to make the 23-man roster, but his preseason injury all but guarantees the center will be shipped to AHL Rochester once given the all-clear. When roster limits fall into place, the New York native will no doubt be placed on injured reserve until he is healthy enough to be demoted.
Malone left Monday's preseason game against the Blue Jackets in the second period with what appeared to be a left knee injury and did not return, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Malone is a long shot to make the opening night roster, and anything more than a minor injury will certainly put that dream to rest for the Harvard product, at least to start the season.
Malone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sabres worth $787,500 in the NHL on Thursday.
A Buffalo native, Malone registered 12 goals, 10 assists and 29 PIM through 73 games with AHL Rochester last season. The Harvard product is a two-time NCAA (ECAC) champion who will get a longer look in the Sabres system now that he's signed his first standard NHL contract.
Malone was tendered a qualifying offer from the Sabres on Monday.
The Sabres front office indicated back in April that they believe Malone could carve out a role with the big club eventually if he continues to progress. As a result, it's not a huge surprise the organization gave him a qualifying offer Monday. While Malone still has a way to go before becoming a potential fantasy asset, his play in the AHL provides some hope for a roster spot down the line.
The Sabres front office believes Malone can carve out a role with the big club at his current rate of progression, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.
Drafted 159th overall in 2013, Malone spent four years at Harvard before turning pro, scoring 42 points in 36 games in his senior year. He's a versatile, two-way center who's scored 11 goals and 20 points in 68 games with AHL Rochester in his first pro season, and the maturity in his game has clearly caught the Sabres' attention. Malone needs more seasoning in the minors and will be a long-shot to make the roster next season, but he can be a very valuable call-up option.
Malone, who is progressing nicely from a hip injury, is looking for his first point with AHL Rochester after turning pro this past summer, The Buffalo News reports.
Malone played one game for the Sabres upon leaving Harvard University after four years, but aggravated a hip injury in training camp and was assigned to the AHL to begin the season. Through five games, Malone is minus-3 and has yet to register a point, but head coach Chris Taylor has been happy with Malone's progress on the fourth line. A two-way forward who can play either wing or center, Malone projects to be a bottom-six forward who will need to stay healthy if he wants to make a run for a roster spot with the Sabres next season.
Malone (hip) was sent down to AHL Rochester on Tuesday.
Malone's hip ailment prevented him from showing team brass what he was capable of during training camp. Instead, the center was cleared just in time to get reassigned to the minors. It will be the 22-year-old's first taste of AHL hockey after signing with Buffalo following the conclusion of his senior season with Harvard University.
Malone, who sat out the Prospects Challenge with a hip injury, missed the first day of training camp Friday as well, The Buffalo News reports.
The good news is that the injury isn't believed to be serious, but the bad news is that Malone's already fallen behind the competition. He appeared in one game with the Sabres last year after finishing up his NCAA career, and although he isn't expected to make the team this year, he will lose some valuable time to develop. It's likely Malone will begin the season with AHL Rochester in a top-nine role. There is no timetable for Malone's return, and he's considered week-to-week until further notice.
Malone (hip) does not have an injury desiganation entering training camp.
Malone has been dealing with a nagging hip injury recently, but the team didn't feel that it's serious enough to list him as injured for the start of training camp. Assuming he's ready to go as the roster suggests, the 22-year-old -- who's likely ticketed for the AHL to begin 2017-18 -- will have the opportunity to open eyes so he can stick around with the big club beyond the preseason.
Malone sat out the Prospects Challenge due to a nagging hip injury, The Buffalo News reports.
Malone played just one game for the Sabres last year after leaving Harvard, registering one shot on goal and a blocked shot in just 12 minutes of playing time. The versatile center's hip ailment is not believed to be a serious issue, and while he'll likely start the season with AHL Rochester.
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