Down On The Farm: Calder Cup ADF Edition, Apr. 29
The Pirates are finding themselves in a hole they didn’t have any reason to expect after the regular season ended – they’re down 2 games to none after dropping both home games to open the series versus the Senators. Both losses came by way of late goals by the Senators to snap ties.
Pirates in a hole as the series moves to Binghamton
The Portland Pirates find themselves in a very tough situation as the AHL Atlantic Division Finals move to Binghamton after giving up a golden opportunity to tie the best-of-seven series.
Of course, the game wasn’t without its controversy.
Kaspars Daugavins scored two goals as the Binghamton Senators swept the first two games of the best-of-seven series with a 5-3 victory in Game 2 over the Pirates before 1,831 at the Cumberland County Civic Center.
Do the Sabres look at the early hole the Pirates are in and shore them up with some junior graduates? Both Marcus Foligno and Zack Kassian are available following their teams’ elimination from the Robertson Cup playoffs. It’s been speculated the Foligno is sitting out with an injury, but if that isn’t true, it would do the Sabres well to get him some playing time in the AHL. The trials and tribulations of Zack Kassian are well documented, finishing his junior career suspended for a vicious crosscheck, but he’s very talented and it would serve him good to jump start his tutoring under an excellent coach in Kevin Dineen.
Time will tell if the Sabres doing anything with either forward.
UPDATE: It seems the Sabres have seen fit to assign Zack Kassian to the Portland Pirates. Per Twitter:
Hopefully head coach Dineen can work his bench boss magic on the loose cannon winger and start molding him into a legitmate NHLer like he’s done with so many Sabres prospects already.