Brian Flynn in running for final Sabres roster spots, other alums shuffled to minors

Sabres forward Brian Flynn (Photo: Getty Images)

Brian Flynn is on the cusp on starting October in Buffalo. The forward is one of three players being considered for the final two roster spots. If Flynn is cut, he won’t need to clear waivers, and he’ll start with Buffalo’s AHL affiliate the Rochester Amerks.

Flynn did not record a point during the NHL preseason.

Elsewhere around training camps:

Brett Clark, who played at Maine for the 1995-96 season, was released earlier this month by the Florida Panthers. Clark, who turns 37 in December, played in eight games for Minnesota last season, recording just one point and collecting a plus/minus of minus-9. Clark has played in 689 NHL games in 14 seasons, including a string of seven consecutive seasons in the NHL with Colorado and Tampa Bay. If Clark is done playing, he’ll finish his NHL career with 45 goals and 141 assists.

Gustav Nyquist could start the season in Grand Rapids, instead of in Detroit, if a pair of Red Wings don’t end up needing a long-term stay on the injury list. The Wings are tight on roster spots, and despite a positive training camp, the former Maine fan favorite will be with the Griffs once again.

Mike Banwell was cut from the Hershey Bears (AHL) roster on Monday, and will start the season with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Defensemen Mark Nemec and Mike Cornell are in a unique spot: vying for limited spots with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL. Media reports have it that both likely will not make the club, and one could wind up in the ECHL to start the season.

Where some Black Bear alums will start 2013:

Spencer Abbott – Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Matt Mangene – Adirondack Phantoms (AHL)
Will O’Neill – St. John’s IceCaps (AHL)
Kyle Beattie – Orland Solar Bears (ECHL)
David de Kaztrozza – Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)

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