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Buffalo Sabres backup goalie Chad Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, said he's interested in returning to Buffalo but has to be shown the team is willing to make changes. "I know I can be a good goalie in this league and I showed that when things were the way they should be," Johnson said at locker cleanout day Monday. "I have to see the change, whether it's through p…

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There will be a need for a daily report on the Buffalo Sabres' goalies the rest of the way simply because there are now three of them on the roster. But injuries prompted coach Phil Housley to lay out his plan for Friday night's visit by Montreal after practice Thursday. Linus Ullmark will get his third start of the season in the game and Robin Lehner, who has sat the l…

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Danny O'Regan might make his Sabres debut Thursday night in Ottawa and the forward acquired last week from San Jose knows he's not going to slip into the Buffalo lineup unnoticed. Especially after being the lone current player acquired for Evander Kane, Buffalo's top rental at the deadline. "I try not to put that pressure on myself but I know because I'm part of the Eva…

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A couple of hours after coach Phil Housley held his daily post-practice media briefing Sunday in KeyBank Center, the Sabres made a couple of surprise callups from the Rochester Amerks. It's uncertain what impact the arrival of defenseman Brendan Guhle and forward Kyle Criscuolo will be for Monday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who mi…

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TAMPA, Fla. – With the Tampa Bay power-play unit on the ice, sniper Steven Stamkos lined up for one-timer after one-timer. The sellout crowd was roaring, and Buffalo's penalty-killers were scrambling. Not Chad Johnson. The goaltender calmly moved from side to side, staying with the action and knocking away pucks. The Sabres scored twice in the next 10 minutes, includ…

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The countdown to Feb. 26 is on. Things have been awfully quiet in the NHL in recent days, save for the big Los Angeles-Ottawa trade that involved Dion Phaneuf and Marian Gaborik packing. That's all about to change as the NHL's trade deadline day approaches. The Sabres are expected to be a prominent seller, with the likes of Evander Kane, Benoit Pouliot, Robin Lehner and…

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Sabres fans really aren't that demanding. Give them effort, give them goals, maybe give them a win once in a while and KeyBank Center can become fun. There probably weren't more than 11,000 in the house for Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay, with the city's fans voting with their feet that they didn't care to see the NHL's best team -- even for the $6 you could spe…

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TAMPA -- Back in the fall, there were few experts locally or across North America who pegged the Buffalo Sabres as a playoff team. But virtually no one pegged them to fall off a cliff, either. After the disappointment of last year's 78-point campaign and the much-ballyhooed hirings of coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill, the most common consensus was …

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VANCOUVER – Going back to Dec. 23, the Sabres' net was a go-to zone for the opponent. It was an 11-game onslaught that had Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson grasping at air and debating whether to change their equipment, styles and routines. So as much as anyone in the dressing room, the goaltenders are relishing the fun of the last two games. Johnson stopped 32 of 33 sh…

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CALGARY – There haven't been many postgame celebrations for the Buffalo Sabres, so each one is special. This one, however, could be tough to top. The hugs for Chad Johnson were tighter and longer than usual. The pats on Jack Eichel's helmet were more pronounced and enthusiastic than normal. Everyone knew it was a meaningful game for the goaltender and the team. For o…

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CALGARY – This was not the ideal homecoming for Chad Johnson. "I think everybody, especially at this point halfway through the season, is just disappointed, embarrassed by how things have gone so far," the Buffalo Sabres goaltender said Monday. There was no way for Johnson to sugarcoat things as he returned to Calgary, the city where he spent his childhood and played…

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The nightmare continues for Chad Johnson. Backup goaltenders live their existence fraught with anxiety, both over when they'll get their chance to play and whether they take advantage of it. So far this season, Johnson simply hasn't been able to do it. The Buffalo Sabres hit the halfway mark of the season Friday night with a 4-3 loss to the Winn…

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jack Eichel was calm, direct and to the point late Saturday night. No ranting and raving, no rolling of the eyes. Dare we say he was captain-like? In the wake of a dispiriting 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in PNC Arena, a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score might indicate, Eichel laid bare what had just transpired with a Buffalo Sabres t…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Center Ryan O'Reilly was out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for the first time this season Saturday, missing the game against the Carolina Hurricanes for the birth of his first child. The Sabres did not specify the reason for O'Reilly's absence until after the game, when coach Phil Housley announced that O'Reilly's fiancee, Dayna Douros, had given birth t…

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Chad Johnson is ready for the Winter Classic. The Buffalo Sabres' backup goaltender has new equipment for the New Year's Day game against the New York Rangers. The highlight is undoubtedly his pads. Johnson has a sword starting at the base of each pad, and they crisscross at the midpoint to finish on the other pad. The predominantly white gear has blue and gold accen…