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Rick Jeanneret’s battle with throat cancer will prevent him from being at the microphone for the Buffalo Sabres regular season opener on Thursday.Sabres fans knew that was likely.However, they were unaware of an emotionally moving call a few months ago.It came during Jeanneret’s drive home after Dr. Thom Loree at Erie County Medical Center confirmed the diagn…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Buffalo Sabres’ preseason schedule ended about two days too late. The Sabres had turned in their best performance of the preseason on Wednesday night, when they defeated Washington, 6-1, at home.However, Buffalo suffered its worst loss of the exhibition season on Friday, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes here.The Sabres wo…

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Of all the names associated with professional hockey in Buffalo over the years, the one that’s lasted the longest is Rip Simonick. He’s been around for about a half-century.The odd part is that not many people know his real name. About the only ones who use it are associated with the Department of Motor Vehicles.“When people would say, ‘Robert S…

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Training camp can often be a waste of time for NHL fringe players, specifically free agents and rookies. The roster is all but set for many teams, and bubble guys might not even get a second glance from coaches and management.The Sabres made sure to do things differently. Buffalo heads into its final preseason game tonight in Carolina (7 p.m., Radio 550 AM) having used 37 …

The Sabres' roster hopefuls have had five preseason games to prove their worth. They have just one chance left. Buffalo will conclude its exhibition season Friday in Carolina. The final cuts likely will come this weekend. The Sabres have 26 healthy players and need to be at 23 by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Players on injured reserve do not count toward the limit. "After this last g…

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You could look almost anywhere on the ice and see good things happening for the Buffalo Sabres in Wednesday’s 6-1 preseason drubbing of the Washington Capitals in First Niagara Center.But perhaps nowhere were things as crystallized as they were down the middle. Consider this trio of tidbits:• Tyler Ennis, skating freely and looking every bit like the big-mone…

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When it comes to Sam Reinhart, there are the pros and the cons.There are the nuances with the puck and away from it that provide glimpses of the wondrous talent befitting a No. 2 overall pick in the NHL draft. There’s the work ethic that pushes the 18-year-old to stay on the ice working on skills well after practice is over. There’s the fact the third periods…

Another injury has derailed the comeback of Buffalo Sabres winger Patrick Kaleta.Kaleta, who has not played since suffering a serious knee injury last November while with the Rochester Amerks, was clearly going to make the Buffalo roster until he was struck in the face by a Morgan Rielly slapshot Sunday night in Toronto.Without divulging too many details, Sabres coach Ted …

It would have been easy to pack up after practice. It was a pretty uptempo 90-minute session that came on the heels of a late arrival in Buffalo from Sunday night’s game in Toronto.But the easy way doesn’t make an impression or turn heads. Not at training camp. Not when there is real competition for roster spots and young players showing they’re hungry…

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TORONTO – Cody Hodgson took a Buffalo Sabres experiment late last season and turned it into a starring role for Team Canada during the World Championships in Belarus. This year, playing left wing is his first priority heading into the season.No tinkering. It’s for real. And Hodgson is ready to take on the new challenge.“I feel really comfortable,ȁ…

Jake McCabe tried as hard as he could to act like a pro. Though he’d just walked out of college, McCabe’s plan was to come to the Buffalo Sabres and pretend he’d been an NHL regular for years.Then the games would start. The defenseman would find himself inches away from future Hall of Famers such as Pavel Datsyuk, Jarome Iginla and Martin St. Louis, an…

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Aside from playing in an NHL game, Nicolas Deslauriers experienced nearly everything possible with the Los Angeles Kings. He skated in rookie, development and training camps, and he played for their minor-league team for three seasons.Despite all that, he’s never felt more at home with an organization than he does now. His seven months with the Sabres have made that…

Joel Armia’s last game in Toronto was unforgettable. The Sabres’ first-round pick in 2011 watched a 12-player brawl erupt that featured Phil Kessel swinging his stick at John Scott and Ryan Miller trading punches with Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier. The teams had three fights Friday in Buffalo during the Leafs’ 6-4 victory, and they play again Sunday in Air…