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DALLAS – Kyle Okposo tried to make it short and sweet. "Yes," he said with a relieved grin. "Simple answer. Yeah, a big weight off my shoulders." But this deserved more. He's one of the Sabres' leaders, a guy with a history of performing. So when it took him 11 games to score his first goal of the season, a little deeper meaning was needed. "It's a big goal for …

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The first month of the schedule is gone. And just like so many others in recent years, it's a bad one in the standings for the Buffalo Sabres. Saturday's 3-2 loss to San Jose dropped the Sabres to 3-7-2. They are seventh out of eight teams in the Atlantic Division, 15th out of 16 in the Eastern Conference and 28th out of 31 overall. Photo Gallery: Sharks 3, Sabres 2 …

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After the Sabres completed practice, Phil Housley and associate coach Davis Payne gathered the first power-play unit at the whiteboard. They had a lot to talk about. The Sabres boasted the top power play in the NHL last season, but they're scuffling along at No. 22 this year. Housley switched the units Monday, and he wants more when Detroit visits Tuesday night. "Bet…

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It was a quick journey from the doghouse to the penthouse for Kyle Okposo. The right winger practiced on the top line Monday with center Jack Eichel and left wing Evander Kane. Okposo was benched for much of the Sabres' loss Friday, but an improved effort during a win Saturday elevated his status. "I thought Kyle was fantastic, moving his feet, winning a lot of puck …

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Eight games. It took Marco Scandella only eight games to learn what Sabres fans have been saying for years. "We need more pride in this dressing room," the defenseman said Friday night. Scandella sincerely meant it. The offseason acquisition was clearly embarrassed by the 4-2 loss to Vancouver, a defeat that was way worse than the score would indicate. He shuffled an…

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LAS VEGAS — Veteran winger Kyle Okposo returned to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights after missing the previous two games due to the flu. He said it was a relief to escape the throes of his bug and regain some of the weight he's lost. "Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said afte…

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LOS ANGELES – Jordan Nolan was focused on trying to help the Buffalo Sabres get their first win of the season here Saturday night. But returning to Staples Center certainly brought back memories of June 11, 2012. The Los Angeles Kings were one win away from the first Stanley Cup in their 45-year history heading into Game Six of the Cup final against New Jersey. They …

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LOS ANGELES -- Kyle Okposo missed the morning skate Thursday in San Jose but played in the Sabres' 3-2 defeat and actually put together his best game of the season, collecting five shots on goal and playing 20 minutes, 35 seconds. The veteran winger was held out of practice Friday in El Segundo to regain his energy but didn't make the morning skate here Saturday in Stap…

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The Sabres were booed off the KeyBank Center ice following the first period today as the New Jersey Devils took a 2-0 lead in a game that saw Buffalo forwards manage just two of the team's six shots on goal in the opening 20 minutes. Not much offense at all. Where was the 'O'? Well, there was an extra one on the back of winger Kyle Okposo's sweater. That's right. Ok…

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BROOKLYN – Kyle Okposo walked into Islanders' arena to smiles and handshakes. While Sabres fans are certainly glad to see him return to health, the emotions are much stronger in New York. Okposo spent nine seasons with the Isles before joining Buffalo prior to last year. When word of his concussion-related hospitalization surfaced in April, the well-wishes poured in f…

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Kyle Okposo is a news junkie. He knows the political and sports worlds have collided. As the Sabres forward has watched the angry drama play out, he's wished people would listen to each other rather than yell. "As a country we need to become more tolerant of people and of views," Okposo said Tuesday. "If you want to speak out on equality, I think that's a good thing …

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Jack Eichel knows how to make an entrance. His arrival in 2015 brought hope to the Sabres' fan base. His arrival at training camp Thursday set the tone for the season. "If you look at what I've done, it hasn't been a whole lot: two mediocre seasons on a losing team," Eichel said. "I think I have a lot to prove. Actually, I think I've proven nothing. "It's a huge y…

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There's no member of the Buffalo Sabres who stands to lose more from the sacking of General Manager Tim Murray than goaltender Robin Lehner. Murray, remember, gave up a first-round draft pick to get Lehner in 2015 from Ottawa. Lehner had won Murray a Calder Cup in Binghamton and Murray brought him here with a controversial trade that critics said was a massive overpay. …

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Kyle Okposo's health concerns are gone, so there's really just one thing he wanted to say. Thanks. "To the people of Buffalo and to the fans, it's been really heartwarming for me and touching for me and my family the support that we've received and the support that I received when I was in the hospital and the months thereafter," Okposo said Thursday as the Sabres re…

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The Sabres fully expect forward Kyle Okposo to be ready for training camp after a medical scare late last season landed the 29-year-old in intensive care, reportedly due to a bad reaction to medication. But still, there's no substitute for doing. Okposo played (somewhat) competitive hockey for the first time since his hospitalization Wednesday night in Minnesota, mar…