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John Vogl

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


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As the Sabres gear up for their Prospects Challenge this weekend, one of their young players has made a big change. Connor Hurley, a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, has left Notre Dame for the University of Minnesota. The Gophers announced Tuesday that Hurley will sit out the 2017-18 season because of NCAA transfer rules and join the team for 2018-19. Hurley…

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Sabres training camp begins next week, and the organization is getting ready with a new teaser featuring Jason Pominville. Buffalo traded for its former captain in June and announced last week he would again wear No. 29. In the video released Tuesday, the Sabres showed the right winger putting up a "Population Pominville" sign inside KeyBank Center as Rick Jeanneret ann…

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Like a few high-profile veterans, it's taken Thomas Vanek awhile to find a team. The search is over. The former Sabres co-captain has signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks. The 33-year-old had spent the summer looking for the right fit along with unsigned forwards such as Jaromir Jagr and Brian Gionta. "Thomas has been a prolific scorer throug…

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Future NHL players will inhabit HarborCenter this weekend. No one is looking forward to it more than a couple of former Sabres. Jay McKee and Matthew Barnaby will be back in Buffalo as their Kitchener Rangers participate in the HarborCenter OHL Showcase. Six Ontario Hockey League teams will start their exhibition schedule Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Erie Otters, Fl…

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The Sabres employees who serve as the faces of media and community relations have been promoted. The team announced Thursday that Chris Bandura has been promoted to vice president of media relations. He served as director of media relations last year. In his 13th season with the organization, Bandura enters his second in charge of all media relations duties for the S…

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The Sabres' Zach Bogosian is using his Bogo Bunch Foundation to help the people of Houston. Bogosian, who created his nonprofit charity to benefit families affected by cancer, is expanding the focus after witnessing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. "The money raised will go directly to the Houston Food Bank and will be used to provide food, water and suppl…

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When the Sabres open training camp in two weeks, they will take advantage of their two-rink pad in HarborCenter. Buffalo's players will report for physicals Sept. 14 and give the public its first look at the 2017-18 roster hopefuls the following day. The Sabres will hold two sessions Sept. 15 with groups taking the ice from 9:45-10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m…

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The Sabres continued to stock the Rochester Americans with experienced players Wednesday, adding a forward and defenseman on one-year, American Hockey League contracts. Defenseman Conor Allen, who has seven games of NHL experience with the New York Rangers, joins the Amerks after playing last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins. The 27-year-old had one goal, 11 points…

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The reshaping of the Sabres' hockey department has continued throughout the summer, including the expected overhaul of the scouting staff. General Manager Jason Botterill has made double-digit changes to his scouting department since taking over in May. At present, there are three scouting heads/directors, two coordinators, three professional scouts and 11 amateur scout…

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Martin Biron has been comfortable around microphones for decades. Back when he played for Canada at the 1997 world junior championship, the team picked him to interview the other teenage players. The Sabres hired him Tuesday to talk about their guys. The former Buffalo goaltender has been added to the Sabres' broadcast team, replacing the ousted Brad May. Biron will …

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Marty Biron never saw a microphone he didn’t like. The one he’ll be using often will have a Sabres logo on it. The former Buffalo goaltender has joined the Sabres’ broadcast team, he announced Tuesday. He filled in during a few games last season, and he’ll become a regular in the booth for 2017-18. Biron will replace Brad May. “I grew up in the Sabres’…

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Sabres fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys can wear them again. He is going to continue to wear No. 29. The Sabres did some number crunching Monday, announcing uniforms for 13 players. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will swi…

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The Sabres did some number crunching Monday. Buffalo fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys will be pleased. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will switch to No. 19, the number he wore in college at Wisconsin. The Sabres announced…

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Dominik Hasek rarely struck a traditional pose as a goaltender. When it came time for the NHL to honor him with a portrait, the artist knew a traditional pose wouldn’t work. "It was fun looking through photos of Dominik Hasek's career in preparation for painting his portrait," Tony Harris told NHL.com as the league revealed the artwork of Hasek on Monday. "Half of the…

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Will Butcher appreciates the enthusiasm shown by the Sabres and their fans, but the defenseman has decided to make New Jersey his home. The free agent signed a two-year, $1.85 million contract with the Devils on Sunday night. The heavily courted Butcher also considered joining Buffalo and Las Vegas, among others. “It was a difficult decision for Will because a numb…