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Busy day ahead in Sabreland: O'Reilly back in court, Franson expected to sign, prospects arriving

While most of you might be fretting over whether Tyrod Tyler has enough Luck in him to beat the Colts on Sunday (yes, pun intended), there's a ton of potential news ahead with the Sabres on Thursday as well.

----Center Ryan O'Reilly will be back in a London, Ont., courtroom today at 9 a.m. and could get some word on his penalties for the DUI/leaving the scene charges he earned for that little run-in with an Ontario Tim Hortons six days after he signed his $52 million deal. O'Reilly was contrite about the incident during his first public comments on Tuesday.

----The Sabres are expected to sign defenseman Cody Franson today to a two-year, $6.6 million deal, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported late Wednesday night. The 28-year-old has been waiting all summer for a team to offer him a two-year deal and The News first reported the Sabres were a willing partner a couple of weeks ago.

Franson was up and down late last season in Nashville and never quite fit in with the Predators after a deadline day deal from Toronto. But he certainly figures to be an upgrade for the Sabres, especially on the power play.

Franson certainly rates as a top-four blueliner with the Sabres, along with Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges. Mark Pysyk and Mike Weber also figure to make the club, likely leaving just one NHL spot for the likes of Carlo Colaiacovo, Jake McCabe, Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Donovan and Bobby Sanguinetti.

----The Sabres prospects should all be arriving today for physicals. They have their first practice Friday morning at 9 in First Niagara Center and it's open to the public. So is Saturday's 10 a.m. morning skate.

That, of course, includes Jack Eichel. He was one topic of conversation at Wednesday's World Cup press conference in Toronto

And while you're in Bills mode, don't forget there's actually a game here Saturday night at 7. The Sabres and Devils prospects play at the FNC and tickets are just $10, available at the box office or online at

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