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Sabres still discussing Alex Nylander's status for world juniors

As the world junior tournament nears, the Buffalo Sabres are still discussing whether to let prospect Alex Nylander play for Sweden.

"We still have discussions with Team Sweden throughout," Buffalo General Manager Jason Botterill said Friday. "They've been very accommodating in that situation there."

Sweden has an exhibition game against Denmark on Monday in Rochester. The tournament begins Dec. 26 in Buffalo and runs through Jan. 5.

Nylander is playing in Rochester and has one goal, three assists and 16 shots in 12 games. He is a team-worst minus-8.

The Amerks play at home Friday against Toronto and visit Utica on Saturday. It's likely Botterill will make a decision on Nylander's status following the games.

Rochester has seven games between Sunday and the close of the world juniors, so Nylander would miss quite a few outings.

"Like I've said, I've always been a big proponent of the world juniors tournament," Botterill said. "I think it is very good for their development. Right now we're having Alex just focusing on the games this weekend, and we'll see how things progress this week."

Sabres GM Botterill is still having talks, but nothing is imminent

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