Amerks GM Jason Karmanos is banking on playoff run benefiting Sabres

Mike Harrington

There’s no one around the Buffalo Sabres right now with more Stanley Cups than assistant general manager/Rochester GM Jason Karmanos. He has three, and his words about the value of the postseason carry weight within the organization. 

“I don’t think there’s anything like the playoffs in terms of showing you what the challenge is going to be like as you move up the ranks,” Karmanos said Friday on a season-ending video call after the Amerks were eliminated in the third round of the Calder Cup. “To struggle with that adversity and the difficulties of playing on the road, and the types of teams we played, I think that it just strengthens our players moving forward.”

After getting help on the last day of the season to qualify for the playoffs, the Amerks had their most successful run since 2004. They won two series and played in three, ending in triple overtime late Wednesday night with a 6-5 loss to Laval that completed a three-game sweep for the visiting Rocket.

“I’m probably more disappointed that I didn’t get more (games) than happy that we got extra,” coach Seth Appert said Friday. “That’s just the way coaches think. But I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to coach this group. I loved coaching this team. They had this incredible blend of fun mixed with really hard work and competitiveness that most teams can’t mesh. So it was a blast to…

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