News:Travis Turnbull has been sent back to Rochester of the AHL, according to the NHL Network.
Analysis: With Patrick Kaleta back in action and Nathan Gerbe close, the Sabres needed to clear some room and Travis Turnbull was probably the choice all along once that happened. He did score his first NHL goal Friday against Henrik Lundqvist, however, so he'll have something to tell his Rochester teammates about.
News:Travis Turnbull's first NHL goal opened the scoring in Friday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Analysis: His recent call-up was for the purpose of adding toughness (94 PIM in 53 games in the AHL this season), but the goal was a nice bonus for the Sabres on a night they needed to win. His stay in the big leagues depends on the health of Patrick Kaleta, but don't expect much fantasy output here.
News:Travis Turnbull played 6:14 in his NHL debut during Wednesday's 3-0 win over Montreal.
Analysis: The rookie finished with three hits and no shots on goal while winning three of five face-offs. He was recalled from Rochester due to an injury to teammate Patrick Kaleta.
News: The Sabres have signed Turnbull to a one-year contract running through the 2011-12 season.
Analysis: The 2010-11 campaign was an injury-filled disappointment, as he missed 59 games due to a shoulder problem. This contract appears to signal the team's confidence that he'll be healthy enough to skate in October. That skating will almost certainly be at the minor-league level for now.