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With no new contract, Reinhart officially becomes a holdout

Sabres coach Phil Housley said Thursday the team is dealing with no injuries and everyone scheduled to be at training camp has reported to KeyBank Center. The lone absentee was unsigned forward Sam Reinhart.

Reinhart, who has taken part in informal skates with his teammates the last couple of weeks, officially became a holdout when he did not report for physicals and testing in KeyBank Center.

Negotiations continue between General Manager Jason Botterill and Reinhart's agent, Craig Oster, on a new deal for the 22-year-old, who is coming off career highs in goals (25) and points (50).

"That's Jason's job and Sam's agent and I don't want to get in the middle of that," coach Phil Housley said. "We're going to mainly focus on the guys that are here. Push forward tomorrow, have a good day of work and we'll go from there."

Speaking on "The Instigators" on WGR Radio/MSG, Botterill reiterated what he said after the Prospects Challenge on Monday that talks are ongoing.

"Sam is not here today," Botterill said. "We'll continue to work with his advisors to try to get him in as quick as possible."

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