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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 Canad…

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Chris Stewart made it clear before training camp even started that he wasn’t fooling around this season. He said he wanted to re-establish himself as one of the best power forwards in the NHL, and his attitude and practice work since the Sabres reported last week have given credence to the statement.His game Friday was further evidence.Stewart scored twice during th…

Ted Nolan knew next to nothing about center Tim Schaller when the Sabres opened training camp. Schaller made sure to change that.At 6-foot-2, 216 pounds, Schaller repeatedly impressed Nolan during practices with his smarts and hockey sense. The Buffalo coach responded by continually bumping Schaller up the organizational depth chart. The 23-year-old got high enough to earn…

By the end of last season, Tim Schaller knew he had the skills to play in the NHL. He gets his first chance to prove it tonight. Schaller will wear a Sabres uniform for the first time when Toronto visits First Niagara Center. The 23-year-old is a bundle of nervous energy heading into hit debut. "This is a dream come true," the center said after the morning skate. "I’ve b…

Mark Pysyk's journey back to a spot on the Sabres' blue line has hit a road block. The defenseman likely will miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury suffered Tuesday during Buffalo's exhibition victory over Carolina. "It’s not a real serious thing," coach Ted Nolan said today in First Niagara Center. "It probably could be a week to two. It wasn’t nothing real, r…

Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid can't escape each other. The two hockey prospects will spend the season competing for the top spot in the next NHL Draft, and it's virtually impossible to find a conversation about one in which the other isn't mentioned. The strange part is they've never met. "I don’t really know him," Eichel said today. "Obviously, I’ve played against him …

Brendan Lemieux is not shy. He aspires to play like his father, the much-despised Claude, and anyone who dares to do that better have an outgoing personality. Sabres coach Ted Nolan has already seen it. “He’s a very personable young man,” Nolan said today. “He wants feedback. He’s one of the younger players that actually come to you and ask how he did, how he looked. “I…

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Sabres fans who are heading to tonight's preseason game in First Niagara Center will see a lot of familiar faces and a few new ones that have been much-discussed. Buffalo will field a veteran-laden roster for its 2014-15 home debut against Carolina. The lineup, based on this morning's skate, will be: Forwards Matt Moulson-Tyler Ennis-Drew Stafford Zac Dalpe-Zemgus Girg…

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Ted Nolan knows what his veterans can do, so the Sabres' young guys will take the ice in the early preseason games. The Sabres open their six-game preseason schedule at 5 p.m. Sunday in Washington. No. 2 overall draft pick Sam Reinhart will be among the rookies in the lineup. The game will be shown on MSG, which has picked up the Capitals’ Comcast SportsNet feed for the …

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The Buffalo Sabres, like every other team in the NHL, reported to training camp today in first place. A strong sense of excitement accompanied that arrival. "It's a fresh start," said defenseman Josh Gorges. The promise of a new season filled the hallways and dressing rooms of First Niagara Center this morning as the Sabres officially kicked off the 2014-15 season. The p…