By KEVIN OKLOBZIJA
The Buffalo Sabres have let Lawrence Pilut know he’s an NHL defenseman.
Even though the team has been on its CBA-mandated seven-day break and now starts the All-Star break, the Sabres did not return Pilut to the Rochester Americans.
That means Pilut will not participate in the AHL All-Star Classic Sunday and Monday in Springfield. Zach Redmond will be the Amerks lone representative in Sunday’s skills competition and Monday’s All-Star Challenge.
The first-year defenseman has been on recall since Nov. 27 and has played in 16 games, producing one goal and four assists.
The AHL announced replacements for players on recall or injured today but opted not to add another Amerk.
The Sabres don’t play again until Tuesday at Columbus.