Updated: 05/06/2014 7:44 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 4:55 PM WHEC.com
By: Stephen Bond
Not many people enjoy cleaning. It is even less fun after a loss. That was the situation for the Amerks Tuesday morning at the Blue Cross Arena. They were cleaning out their lockers following this weekend’s elimination from the playoffs.
For the third straight year, the Rochester Americans began their exit interviews after being eliminated in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Coaches and players say it was a season of many ups and downs.
Colton Gillies, Amerks forward, said, “We went through a lot together, whether it was losing guys to Buffalo with injuries and traveling across the world to go play. It definitely brought us closer together.”
Luke Adam, Amerks forward, said, “We strung together probably eight or nine in a row at one point in the year. Then a couple months later, we lose nine in a row and we're fighting to get into the playoffs and then I thought we're playing really well.”
Phil Varone, Amerks forward, said, “It's something you can take away from that for sure and build on that. It's a lesson to be learned that you're never out of it, you play right to the last buzzer, right to the last game and you're never out of it, you just keep going.
Chadd Cassidy, Amerks Coach, said, “It was quite a journey and I think it says a lot about our players, you know the way they stuck with it. It was a pretty difficult year in a lot of ways in terms of turnover and just everything we went through. We certainly didn't realize all of our goals, but we made some really good strides this year.”
Coach Cassidy said the most difficult part about today is talking to players he may never coach again, because the harsh reality is some of them won't be here next year.
Cassidy is under contract next year. He will have a meeting with the Sabres soon. Cassidy says he expects to be back as Amerks head coach.