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Sabres’ Pysyk collapsed during a pickup basketball game (Updated)


Buffalo Sabres property Mark Pysyk, who is currently with the AHL’s Rochester Americans, reportedly collapsed during a pickup basketball game at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

According to Kevin Oklobzija of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the 23-year-old was taken to hospital in an ambulance, but he was “fairly alert and his vital signs were close to normal”.

Pysyk played in Friday night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies and was with the team this morning as they had a team breakfast and an off-ice workout.

Oklobzija added that Pysyk hasn’t had a similar issue in his three seasons with the Sabres.

Update: The Americans confirmed the Democrat and Chronicle story adding the defenseman is still being evaluated in hospital.

Originally the Sabres’ first-round selection (23rd overall in 2010), Pysyk has appeared in seven games with the Sabres this season registering two goals and an assist while averaging 18:11 in ice time.

He was reassigned to Rochester on Thursday following the Sabres 6-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Coach Ted Nolan expressed his desire to have the defenseman with the parent club this week.

“Last time he was up, he looked ready for prime time,” said Nolan on Monday.

Adding, “I know where he should be, but in the process we’re going through here, it’s out of our control.”

Pysyk has appeared in 51 AHL games this season registering three goals and 15 points to go along with 30 penalty minutes.

Are the Sharks looking to go young in goal? If so, here are some options

2006 NHL Entry Draft

Interesting tidbit today on the future of San Jose’s goaltending from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, appearing on Edmonton’s CHED 630 radio:

“I think they’re looking for a 25-year-old goalie who can play for a few years for them. They’re going to let [Antti] Niemi’s contract run out. [Alex] Stalock they just don’t believe has grabbed the net.

“I think they’re in the market for a guy who can play net for them for a few years. I would guess that’s as high on their list of things to do as anything else.”

Niemi, 31, is a UFA on July 1 and it sounds increasingly unlikely he’ll return to the Bay Area. Stalock, 27, will be a UFA after the 2015-16 campaign.

All of which leads to some interesting speculation about who could be in goal for the Sharks next year — and beyond.

In terms of goalies that are 25 at the time of writing, Chicago’s Antti Raanta, Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom and Los Angeles’ Martin Jones jump to mind. Raanta appears to be in play, based on this latest report from the Chicago Sun-Times, as Scott Darling looks to have passed him on the organizational depth chart.

Markstrom, currently enjoying a bounce-back campaign in AHL Utica, could be viewed as expendable by the Canucks, who also have Eddie Lack — who, it should be mentioned, only just turned 27 and has one year left on his deal — and Ryan Miller, signed through 2017.

Jones, who’s served as Jonathan Quick’s backup in L.A. for each of the last two seasons, has great career statistics — .925 save percentage, 1.95 GAA, seven shutouts — but those numbers have come in a small sample size: 30 NHL appearances, and just 27 starts.

Moving out of the 25-year-old window ever so slightly, there are others to consider.

Like 26-year-old Jonathan Bernier, for example. At this point, it’s safe to assume no Leaf is safe as Toronto goes through a full-scale rebuild and, what’s more, Bernier’s a proven commodity, having appeared in nearly 100 games over the last two seasons.

Michal Neuvirth, also 26, could be a candidate. He’s been a No. 1 before (in Washington) and has really turned in on lately for Buffalo, posting a .942 save percentage in eight games in February (numbers that coincided with Jhonas Enroth being shipped off to Dallas.)

So, more than a few options here for the Sharks. And what makes their search really interesting is that, as Friedman notes, they’ll have money to play with this summer — at a time where other clubs could be hamstrung by a salary cap that might not rise all that much, if at all.

“They have a lot of cap room,” he explained. “And I could see them, in the summer, taking a look at some of these teams that need to clear room and saying, ‘What are you going to do for us?’”

Sabres GM Murray: I got a trade call on a player ‘I never thought I would get’


If David Clarkson can get traded, anybody can get traded.

That message was delivered on Thursday and re-iterated shortly thereafter, when Sabres GM Tim Murray told WGR 550 Radio one of the trade calls he recently received caught him completely off guard.

“I had a call like that today that I never thought I would get on a guy,” Murray explained. “He actually said, ‘Can you believe I’m calling you on this guy?’

“I said, ‘No, I can’t. But let’s talk.'”

It’s easy to see why someone would ring up Murray with this kind of offer, as the Buffalo GM has established himself as one that’s willing to orchestrate a big move. Since coming aboard, Murray has pulled off two major deals — the Ryan Miller-to-St. Louis trade, and the Evander Kane blockbuster — and a series of smaller, but still significant moves, including Matt Moulson to Minnesota and Jaroslav Halak to Washington.

It’s also worth noting that, as the rental market becomes depleted with all these pre-deadline deals, the potential for actual “hockey trades” rises. There’s also the potential for names that haven’t been bandied about to surface by Monday, like the one Murray discussed.

“You’re supposed to have an idea of who you may be dealing with because of previous conversations, but you never know,” he explained. “Some team could come out of the blue, whether that’s because of an injury or your guy happens to be playing very well and their opinion changed on them.

“There’s multiple reasons why you might get a call from somebody that you hadn’t previously thought was a fit for a guy.”