ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Marcus Foligno considers himself among the fortunate with the NHL lockout preparing to enter its second month.
As much as the hard-hitting forward would prefer to be wearing a Buffalo Sabres uniform, Foligno can appreciate there are far worse things than opening the season with Rochester of the American Hockey League.
Just ask his older brother Nick Foligno, a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who's back home in Sudbury, Ontario, going stir crazy, Marcus says.
Unlike his older brother, Marcus Foligno is one of 100 NHL-caliber players eligible to play in the minors.
The NHL season, which was set to open Thursday, might be on indefinite hold. But it's "Game On" in the AHL, with the league opening its regular season Friday with a seven-game slate.