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Sabres announce initial taxi squad roster

The Buffalo Sabres announced Wednesday that the following players have been assigned to the team’s taxi squad:

Forwards Rasmus Asplund and Casey Mittelstadt

Defensemen William Borgen and Brandon Davidson

Goaltender Jonas Johansson

This season, the NHL roster limit will remain 23 players with a salary cap of $81.5 million, but each team will also have a taxi squad of 4-6 players that can practice and travel with the players on the NHL roster. Any team not carrying three goalies on its NHL roster must have at least one goalie on its taxi squad.

To be eligible to play in an NHL game, a player on the taxi squad must be recalled to the active roster by 5 p.m. ET on the date of the game. Goalies can be recalled after 5 p.m. ET if fewer than two goalies on the team’s NHL roster are available to play.

Players required to clear waivers to be assigned to the American Hockey League also require waivers to be assigned to the taxi squad. Players assigned to the taxi squad will receive the salary they’d receive playing in the AHL and the impact on the team’s salary cap will be the same as if the player is in the AHL.

Sabres coach Ralph Krueger has said that each morning, he and general manager Kevyn Adams will discuss the taxi squad and any other roster moves that need to be made, so many changes are to be expected throughout the season.

Also, due to the club’s proximity to its AHL farm team in Rochester and the protocols that will be followed there, it wouldn’t be uncommon for a player not on the taxi squad to be called up to the NHL roster on any given night.

Buffalo opens the 2020-21 campaign tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with a back-to-back set against the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center.