Amerks Adjusting to Life Without McNabb

The Amerks returned to Blue Cross Arena for meetings and optional practice on Thursday without one of their top skaters.

All-star defenseman Brayden McNabb is now with the Los Angeles Kings. In exchange, the Sabres grabbed forwards Nicolas Deslauriers and Hudson Fasching. Also off to L.A. in the Deadline Day deal are center Jon Parker and two second round draft picks.

For the guys that still suit up for the Amerks, adjusting to life without one of their leaders will be tough.

"He was my roommate that got traded," said fellow defenseman Chad Ruhwedel. "That was tough. I took him to the airport last night and said our goodbyes. You just have to move on."

Rostislav Klesla also joined the Amerks on Deadline Day. The defenseman was drafted 4th overall by Columbus in the 2000 NHL Draft. Klesla has 659 games of NHL experience and joins the Sabres organization as part of the Jaroslav Halak trade with the Washington Capitals.

Amerks head coach Chadd Cassidy believes these moves will strengthen his team as they enter their final stretch of the regular season.

"Trade deadline is an anxious time for a lot of guys," said Cassidy after team meetings concluded. "I think that the nice part is that we have a lot of depth back [on defense] with [Rasmus] Ristolianen, [Chad] Ruhwedel, [Mark] Pysyk and now [Rostislav] Klesla. [Drew] Bagnall has some numbers, [Matt] Mackenzie is playing well and [Nick] Crawford is getting close to returning. I think we can make up for those minutes."

The addition of Deslauriers will help with forward depth that the Amerks lacked for most of the season. He spent the season so far with the Manchester Monarchs and was their second leading scorer with 18 goals, 21 assists and 39 points.

Hudson Fasching is a freshman at the University of Minnesota and was a 4th round pick in 2013 by the Kings. The forward is 3rd on the Gophers in scoring with 12 goals, 15 assists and 27 points. Before college, he played with fellow Sabres prospect J.T. Compher on the US National Development Team.

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