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In the grand scheme, Kyle Okposo feels pretty good. One year ago, he'd just been released from a neuro intensive care unit and wasn't sure if he'd ever play hockey again. He's healthy and lasted the entire season. It wasn't a good season, however. The Buffalo Sabres were bad, and so was Okposo. So from a hockey standpoint, Okposo doesn't feel good at all. "It was …

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In another difficult season for the Buffalo Sabres, veteran winger Kyle Okposo's daily presence is a reminder that players can't take their time in the game for granted. Okposo, who landed in the neuro ICU unit of Buffalo General Medical Center last year after a serious reaction to concussion medication, is a nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Okposo was se…

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NEW YORK – As a seventh lost season nears its merciful end and a roster overhaul beckons, the search for the holy grail continues. Accountability is harder to find than a playoff spot. The Buffalo Sabres continue to look for locker-room leaders, the guys who refuse to lose and insist others adopt the same attitude. It's a mindset needed not only from game to game, bu…

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Kyle Okposo is ready to play. He's eager to make an impact. The formerly concussed right winger is expected to return to the lineup Monday when Buffalo hosts Nashville. Okposo has missed three games since colliding with Ottawa's Bobby Ryan on March 8. "All signs look like a go," Sabres coach Phil Housley said Sunday. Okposo wants to use the final three weeks of th…

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As soon as Kyle Okposo felt the jarring blow to his head, he knew it was another concussion. He'd been hospitalized for one before, so he prepared for the worst. Thankfully, the worst never came. "The impact was really hard," the right winger said Friday. "I was just a little dizzy and, 'All right, just take your time, make sure that you're OK.' "I was OK, then I …

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OTTAWA -- There are two simple takeaways from the proceedings Thursday night in Canadian Tire Centre. You have to feel great for Robin Lehner. You have to feel terrible for Kyle Okposo. The Buffalo Sabres eked out a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators, twice tying the game in regulation and finally prevailing in a shootout as Jacob Josefson got the game-deciding goal --…

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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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Plus-minus can be an admittedly fickle stat at times. But when it's an extreme, it can be a window into a player's season. That's where things stand right now with Sabres winger Kyle Okposo. It's been a struggle offensively for Okposo this year with just 11 goals and an even bigger problem defensively at a minus-29 – the worst figure in the league among NHL forwards ent…

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Coach Phil Housley said Tuesday he only knows Danny O'Regan from what he heard Monday when the Buffalo Sabres acquired the former American Hockey League Rookie of the Year from San Jose as part of the Evander Kane trade. O'Regan is heading to Rochester initially but Sabres center Evan Rodrigues has full knowledge of the organization's newest name. Rodrigues played with …

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An 82-game schedule in the National Hockey League can wreak havoc on a player's body. Even the lucky ones who don't miss time with an injury are battling some physical ailments – bumps, bruises, exhausted muscles that need time to recover. But the season also takes a toll mentally. It's a grind, even if you're on a winning team. And just like learning how to take care o…

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The New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center to finish the Sabres' homestand Thursday night and their lone visit of the season comes as they are building one of the most fascinating storylines going in the NHL right now. The Isles entered Saturday in last place in the Metropolitan Division -- but just one point out of a wild-card slot. They announced on Monday they'…

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So if you were an empty seat Thursday night in KeyBank Center, you came close to outnumbering live bodies in the stands. The empties, and those who actually did attend a Thursday night affair against the who-cares Florida Panthers, saw a disastrous final nine minutes of the first period followed by a pretty solid showing in the second and third period. And ultimately, a…

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The Sabres thought they should have had a five-minute power play in the first period Tuesday night. The NHL apparently agrees with them. New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for his boarding penalty against Sabres winger Kyle Okposo during the Devils' 3-1 win in KeyBank Center. Hall was only given a minor penalty on…

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New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA, for his boarding penalty against Sabres winger Kyle Okposo in the first period Tuesday night in KeyBank Center. Hall was only given a minor penalty on the play, perhaps in part because Okposo immediately hopped to his feet and was uninjured. But the league's ruling today clearly ind…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…