News: Larsson registered two shots with 16:14 of ice time in a 3-0 shutout loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Impact: Larsson had publicly criticized the team for using him in different roles from game to game, which he attributed to his poor showings in the NHL. On Tuesday, Larsson looked more comfortable skating on a scoring line. He played 16:14, his highest total of the season, and should continue to see that kind of ice time going forward. The Sabres unloaded three forwards at the trade deadline and this will be Larsson's audition for next year. His fantasy upside is limited until he shows a consistent ability to score.
News: D'Amigo played 10:36 against Tampa Bay on Tuesday in his first game of the season for the Sabres.
Impact: D'Amigo skated on the Sabres' fourth line and finished the game with a minus-1 rating. The team called up three players after the NHL trade deadline in the hopes of giving its minor leaguers a chance to audition for next year. D'Amigo was rewarded for a strong second-half performance in AHL Rochester, but his fantasy value is minimal.
News: Varone skated on the Sabres' top line Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Impact: 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.
News: Grigorenko was re-assigned to AHL Rochester, reports Kevin Oklobzija of The Democrat and Chronicle.
Impact: Well, that was short. Grigorenko's stint with the Sabres lasted just one game, and he didn't even play, sitting out as a healthy scratch Tuesday against Tampa Bay. With top center Zemgus Girgensons (fractured ankle) out of the lineup, Grigorenko was in position to take the spot, but head coach Ted Nolan opted for Phil Varone instead. Grigorenko may move between the NHL and AHL a few more times this season.