Thursday, December 1, 2011

Joe Finley Will Make His NHL Debut Friday

The Buffalo News is reporting that former Sioux defenseman Joe Finley will be making his NHL debut tomorrow night when the Sabres host the streaking Detroit Red Wings. Finley began the year on a training camp tryout basis, earned an AHL contract with Rochester, and eventually worked his way onto the Amerks' top defensive pairing. While in Rochester he led the team with a +10 plus/minus rating while registering 2 points (1G, 1A) in 18 games.

Buffalo signed Finley to a two-way AHL-NHL contract Monday, and he received the call-up to the big club Wednesday after Sabre defenseman Jordan Leopold suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday night.

Finley and Sabre head coach Lindy Ruff both had a few comments on the promotion today after practice, and when he takes to the ice tomorrow he will become the 12th Fighting Sioux to skate in the NHL this season.

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