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This is my 15th season writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.

CHICAGO – Sabres owner Terry Pegula will be in the spotlight at the NHL Draft. It’s not yet clear exactly why. Pegula will join other hockey executives for a “special announcement” in support of college hockey at 5 p.m. Friday in United Center. The Sabres’ owner, who is being billed as an “alumnus/patron of Penn State University,” will be alongside NHL Com…

William Carrier has never been to Las Vegas. That’s about to change. The Golden Knights plucked the winger from Buffalo’s roster Wednesday night during the NHL expansion draft. It wasn’t a surprise to Carrier, who had been reading mock drafts since being placed on the Sabres’ unprotected list Sunday. “I heard lots of rumors,” Carrier told The Buffalo News…

Vegas has placed its bet on William Carrier. The Golden Knights plucked the forward from Buffalo’s roster Wednesday night during the NHL expansion draft. The Golden Knights also acquired Buffalo's sixth-round pick in this year's draft. Teams were allowed to make trades with Vegas to entice the new club to take or not take certain players. There were two Sabres that…

Season openers have not gone the Sabres’ way lately. Buffalo can turn it around against the team that extended the losing streak. The Sabres will open the 2017-18 season at home, hosting the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in KeyBank Center. Buffalo’s second game will be on the road when it visits the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. The full 82-game sche…

For the second straight year and fourth time in 10 seasons, the Sabres will get their home schedule started with the Montreal Canadiens. The NHL announced home openers for all 31 teams Wednesday, and Buffalo will host Montreal at 7 p.m. Oct. 5. Based on dates announced by other teams, the home opener will be the Sabres' season opener. The full 82-game schedule will b…

The Vegas Golden Knights have a roster. The hockey world will find out who's part of it soon. The NHL required Vegas General Manager George McPhee to submit his expansion draft list at 10 a.m. He is taking one player from each of the existing 30 teams, including the Sabres. http://buffalonews.com/2017/06/20/george-mcphee-shuffling-deck-vegas-prepares-make-expansion-d…

The Buffalo News profiled top prospects leading up to the NHL Draft, which will be held Thursday and Friday in Chicago. See the entire series at the bottom of this post. Miro Heiskanen Position: Defense Professional team: HIFK (Finland) 2016-17 stats: 37 games, 5 goals, 5 assists, 10 points Size: 6-foot, 170 pounds Born: Espoo, Finland Central Scouting…

The new general manager and coach are in place. It sounds as if a new staff of assistants is coming, too. The Sabres are not planning to bring back Terry Murray, Bob Woods and Tom Ward, a source tells The Buffalo News. It’s not a surprise that Phil Housley will want his own people beside him as he starts his head coaching career. GM Jason Botterill said last week t…

No one can accuse David Farrance of thinking small. “I’d like to play like Erik Karlsson,” the Rochester native said. “It’s a bit of a stretch, but why not shoot for that?” Farrance has a long way to go to become a Norris Trophy candidate, but he’ll take his next step this weekend. The defenseman is one of at least four Western New Yorkers with a chance…

Scouts and executives agree on the first two picks for this weekend’s NHL Draft. After that, rankings fluctuate wildly. That means anything can happen. “We’ve tried to have discussions with some teams already about moving up and moving back,” said Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill, who owns the No. 8 overall pick. “Because there’s no set one or two p…

The Sabres’ new uniform arrives Tuesday. It’s still not clear what the differences will be. Buffalo released the latest snippet of its new jersey Monday on Twitter. The 10-second clip scrambled the logo, showing just the left side of the existing charging buffalo between two sabres. https://twitter.com/BuffaloSabres/status/876817134403424256 Previous tweets se…

Timothy Liljegren Position: Defense Professional team: Rogle (Sweden) 2016-17 stats: 19 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points Size: 6-foot, 191 pounds Born: Kristianstad, Sweden Central Scouting rank: No. 6 (Europe) What to know: Liljegren models his game after Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty. Obviously, those are quality players …

Nolan Patrick Position: Center Junior team: Brandon (WHL) 2016-17 stats: 33 games, 20 goals, 26 assists, 46 points Size: 6-foot-2, 198 pounds Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba Central Scouting rank: No. 1 (North America) What to know: Watching teenagers after teenager do fitness testing and interviews at the NHL Scouting Combine, scouts and reporters were remin…

Phil Housley knows the importance of good assistant coaches. After all, he was one. Now that Housley is the head coach in Buffalo, he needs to start the process of finding quality assistants. “It’s going to be very important that we surround Phil with a staff that he feels comfortable with and they can rely on each other,” Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill…

Jason Botterill is no stranger to hockey executives. With 10 years of experience in the Penguins’ front office, including eight as the associate/assistant general manager, he’s met plenty of people. But for the first time, he’s The Man. When the Sabres’ general manager makes calls, he’s speaking as Buffalo’s top boss. The first month has gone well. “…