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Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.

Looking for some depth to help the Rochester Amerks? A pair of defensemen with Western New York ties who are both former second-round draft picks did not receive qualifying offers Monday and have become unrestricted free agents. The New York Rangers did not extend an offer to Wheatfield's Adam Clendening, while Amherst's Dylan Blujus did not receive one from the Tampa B…

CHICAGO – Jason Botterill has made it clear from his 10 years in Pittsburgh and his few weeks in Buffalo that he likes college hockey players. The new Sabres' general manager drafted three of them over the weekend, including first-rounder Casey Mittelstadt, but also had to deal with the finality of the fact he's not going to be able to retain Notre Dame goalie Cal Peters…

CHICAGO -- The Sabres have released the schedule for their annual summer development camp, with all free public sessions taking place in HarborCenter from July 8-11. The French Connection Tournament, the annual 3-on-3 challenge, will highlight the final day and start at 9:15 a.m. on July 11. The goals of the camp are to introduce prospective players to professi…

CHICAGO -- Patience, patience, patience. You're not going to like this. That's what the Buffalo Sabres are preaching. Good luck to them. It's going to be a tough thing to ask for this season, with the restlessness of the paying customers clearly bubbling. But there's an organizational reset going on, so Jason Botterill and Phil Housley are going to hammer that point …

CHICAGO – It sounds like the Sabres will see a familiar face on the opposing bench when they meet the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic Jan. 1 in Citi Field. Veteran writer Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers are closing in on a deal to have former Sabres and Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff join Alain Vigneault's staff as an assista…

CHICAGO – The Sabres appeared to go off the board, and maybe way off it, to augment their organizational depth at defense by taking two players who did not show up on Central Scouting's list of top skaters. In the third round, Buffalo took Finnish bluliner Oskari Laaksonen. In Round 4, the Sabres went with Providence College's Jacob Bryson. Laaksonen, 17, is listed…

CHICAGO – The memories of 2016 linger all over Wrigley Field and its now construction-filled neighborhood. And that's one of the problems the Chicago Cubs have: Things will never be quite that magical again. You can only win your first World Series in 108 years one time. Then life and the calendar roll on. It just hasn't been easy for the Cubs in 2017. They might s…

CHICAGO -- The first thing to know about Casey Mittelstadt is there was little expectation he would ever be around by the time the Buffalo Sabres made the No. 8 pick Friday. Jason Botterill laughed it off as one of those classic draft cliches, but this time there's actual proof of it. When the NHL chose prospects to make the annual pilgrimage to Game Four of the Stanley…

CHICAGO – The Buffalo Sabres were probably not going to be able to sign goaltender Cal Petersen no matter what scenario played out. When they fired Tim Murray in April, they likely had no chance. A grim Jason Botterill made it clear to the media Friday morning that the team had reached the end of the road with Petersen. The Notre Dame goalie who looks like he will be …

Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis. 1. Houston Astros. Hard to believe any team could go 27-8 in first 35 road games. (1) 2. Los Angeles Dodgers. Jansen is automatic: 4-0 with 15 saves, 50 Ks, no walks, 0.91 ERA (3) 3. Arizona Diamondbacks. Bludgeoned Rockies for 26 runs in taking last two of series. (4) 4. Colorado Rockies. Even in a…

CHICAGO -- Welcome to another Draft Day. After taking Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel at No. 2 in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and hosting the proceedings last year, this weekend's selections don't figure to have historic ramifications for the Buffalo Sabres. Still, there will be significance to Friday night's first round. Some symbolic and maybe some tangible. It is the f…

CHICAGO -- Those looking for the date of a potential quick jaunt to see the Buffalo Sabres in Las Vegas now have the answer to their question. Tuesday, Oct. 17 is when the Sabres will make their first trip to T-Mobile Arena to meet the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, one of the highlights on the 2017-18 schedule announced Thursday by the NHL. The game vs. Vegas will …

Monday was the 18th anniversary of the Sabres' infamous No Goal game against the Dallas Stars that closed the 1999 Stanley Cup final. Stu Barnes scored the Sabres' only goal in that 2-1 defeat and now he's joining the coach who beat Buffalo that long night. Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock, who is about to start his second tour of duty with the Stars, has named the former Buf…

CHICAGO -- The airports here are going to be wildly busy this morning as NHL teams burn up the red-eye miles from Las Vegas heading from Expansion Draft to Entry Draft, with the picks at United Center scheduled to start Friday night at 7 p.m Eastern. That old adage about what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas doesn't apply here. What happened in Sin City last night will h…