Amerks ready for final stretch after NHL trade deadline

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Trade Deadline day is known for being turbulent, but that didn’t seem to effect the Rochester Americans.

“You can’t stress on those type of things,” said Amerks defenseman Matt Tennyson. “Worrying about stuff like that is only a distraction.”

The Amerks practice on Tuesday, one day after the deadline. The big moves that effected the Amerks happened along the blue line. Defenseman Brendan Guhle was dealt to Anaheim, and defenseman Lawrence Pilut was sent down from the Sabres.

“Sometimes you lose friends like with Guhle, but that is the sad part of the business,” said defenseman Zach Redmond. “There is a level of clarity in the locker room afterwards because you know this is your team going forward.”

The Amerks entered Tuesday on top of the North Division with 71 points. Syracuse is two points behind in second, but the Crunch have two games in hand over the Amerks. Toronto sits third on 67 points and the Utica Comets are fourth with 65.

On Wednesday, the Amerks travel to Utica for a 7:00pm start at the Adirondack Bank Center, then have a Friday/Saturday home-&-home with Syracuse this weekend.

“First and foremost we have to make the playoffs,” said head coach Chris Taylor. “Enjoying what we’re doing makes a big difference. This is where we can separate ourselves and have a lot more fun.”

The Rochester Americans haven’t won the North Division since the 2004-05 season, the same season they last reached the second round of the AHL playoffs.

“Almost everyone here has been here for the whole year,” said Tennyson. “We are just excited. We are excited to finish the year strong and make a long playoff run.”

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