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Evander Kane sure left some terrible last impressions in Winnipeg. As for first impressions in Buffalo, things went much better.Kane went all “fresh start” on us during his introductory news conference with the Buffalo media Saturday in First Niagara Center. The Sabres were big on the clean-slate theories when the blockbuster with Winnipeg was announced 11 da…

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parentheses)1. Nashville Predators. We finally get to see what all the fuss is about Sunday night. (2) 2. St. Louis Blues. Still hoping to catch Preds, avoid first-round matchup with Hawks. (3) 3. New York Islanders. Dear Hockey Gods: Rangers-Isles playoff series, please. (7) 4. Tampa Bay Lightning. Could be All-Florida fi…

When the NHL exited the All-Star break, Florida was the only team that had a chance to make the last spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race interesting. Well, it’s interesting.Boston has played a bigger role than the Panthers, though.While Florida entered the weekend on a respectable 4-2-2 run, the Bruins have stumbled. They’ll go into Chicago on Sunday …

When doctors went in to repair the torn labrum in Evander Kane's left shoulder this month, they discovered it was a mess. "The surgery was a little bit more complicated in terms of what they originally thought it was," Kane said Saturday. "There’s a hole actually in my shoulder as well, but everything’s fixed and good to go now. I’m looking forward to getting back healthy…

Evander Kane acknowledges he was in a "unique" situation in Winnipeg, and a trade from the Jets was long overdue. The left winger got it, and he's happy to be in Buffalo now. Kane, acquired Feb. 11 in a blockbuster deal that included Tyler Myers, held his introductory news conference Saturday in First Niagara Center. The words "fresh start" came up often. The full audio…

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Because the present is rarely pretty in Sabreland – Friday night’s 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers being a perfect example – Buffalo fans are eager to look toward better days. A huge part of the future will be front and center Saturday.The Sabres will introduce Evander Kane at a noon news conference in First Niagara Center. The team’s top left …

In November, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov were chewing up minutes in Pac-Man fashion on the Buffalo Sabres’ defense. Neither are doing so anymore. It’s something that bears watching over the final 23 games of this train wreck of a season.The master plan, of course, calls for the two kids to be studs for years on the team’s back end. And there …

Josh Gorges will likely watch the rest of the Sabres’ season. Mike Weber might miss significant time, too. Nikita Zadorov could join them on the sidelines every now and then.Gorges, who hasn’t played since Feb. 10 because of a lower-body injury, is close to being shut down until next year.“It’s leaning that way, but we’ll see in the next …

Josh Gorges hasn't played since Feb. 10. It's looking like he might not play again until October. Gorges, who has been battling through a lower-body injury, is close to being shut down for the season. "It’s leaning that way, but we’ll see in the next little bit here," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Friday. "He’s getting final information. He’ll make a final decision in prob…

The Sabres and Rangers, who both went to shootouts Thursday night, avoided the cold and the rink Friday morning to rest up for their back-to-back finales. New York visits Buffalo in a game that was postponed Nov. 21 because of snow. The Sabres ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-2 shootout victory in Philadelphia. Michal Neuvirth ended a personal 11-game winless ski…

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PHILADELPHIA – The Buffalo Sabres have been slightly addicted to drama lately. The close-game kind of drama.Thursday night was the sixth straight one-goal game for the Sabres and the second straight shootout.This time, the Sabres took the extra point as Brian Flynn scored in the shootout to give the Sabres a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center…

PHILADELPHIA – He’s not too sure what to make of his current status. With Drew Stafford traded and Patrick Kaleta on injured reserve, Mike Weber is the longest tenured Buffalo Sabre in the team’s lineup.“It’s a weird feeling to be the last one,” Weber said with a slight laugh after the team had a pregame skate in Wells Fargo Center…

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PHILADELPHIA – It’s two weeks before the NHL trade deadline.Torrey Mitchell has been here before.He experienced the deadline chaos last year, arriving in Buffalo, along with second-round draft picks in 2014 and 2016, from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Matt Moulson and Cody McCormick.He again is a potential trade asset as the Buffalo Sabres are sure to ma…

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Matt Ellis has been a captain three different times in his pro hockey career.He wore the “C” twice with the American Hockey League Grand Rapids Griffins in the Detroit Red Wings organization, then again last season with the Rochester Americans.His career has been a bit of a yo-yo, but not just anyone gets to be a captain. He’s a professional hockey sur…

NEWARK, N.J. – The Gionta brothers aren’t sure of their head-to-head record, but Stephen Gionta remembers that first time he lined up against his brother in an NHL game.It was Dec. 2, 2010 and Stephen had just been called up by the New Jersey Devils while Brian was with the visiting Montreal Canadiens.“The only one I remember is the first one when I th…