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Come Monday night, two of the Buffalo Sabres' trio of first-round draft picks from 1982 will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. One is current head coach Phil Housley, who became an honored member in 2015. The other is Dave Andreychuk, who will accept induction during this year's annual ceremony in Toronto. Housley's reaction: "Well, Scotty must have known something…

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You wonder if the NHL and NBC have buyer's remorse on the Winter Classic right about now. The Rangers and the Sabres will be bringing a New York State of Mind to New Year's Day in Citi Field, but will anyone care to watch them by Jan. 1? Both teams entered their games Saturday 1-5-2 (and then both won). The Sabres had been outscored, 32-20, and the Rangers by 30-20. The…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – How did you spend your summer vacation? For Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks, one of the answers would be at a Buffalo Bisons game. Burns and nearly two dozen friends and family members showed up unannounced at the Bisons' July 1 game against Syracuse in Coca-Cola Field to celebrate a bachelor party for longtime friend and To…

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1. Pegula’s address Sabres owner Terry Pegula opened the draft ceremonies with an address to the crowd, making Toronto Maple Leafs fans in attendance wait a few extra minutes for Auston Matthews. He welcomed visitors to Buffalo and gave the players a few words of advice. He also let visiting teams know if they have any problems, “just call my wife.” 2. Booing Bettm…

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Tonight’s draft crowd looks a lot like a Sabres vs. Maple Leafs crowd during the season – filled with plenty of blue and white. “Leaf Nation has arrived,” proclaimed Mike Cawtrey. Toronto fans made the short trip down the QEW to see the Maple Leafs draft center Auston Matthews with the first overall pick. “Matthews, he looks like the center we need,” said Ru…