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John Vogl

John Vogl spent 15 seasons writing about the Sabres for The Buffalo News.


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There's no doubt Rasmus Dahlin should change the future of the Buffalo Sabres. If he's even close to what's being advertised, Dahlin will one day join Phil Housley and John Van Boxmeer as the only Buffalo defensemen to top 60 points in a season. It won't be right away, however. Since 1990, only two rookie blue-liners have even reached 50 points. Detroit's Nicklas Lid…

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Rick Dudley, the longtime NHL executive who is a fixture in the Buffalo Sabres press box, is headed to Carolina. The Hurricanes have hired Dudley as senior vice president of hockey operations. The 69-year-old is leaving the same position he's held with Montreal. Dudley, who was a player and coach in Buffalo, also has held executive roles with the Toronto Maple Leafs, At…

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The awards keep coming for Lawrence Pilut. The defenseman, who has reportedly agreed to a contract with the Buffalo Sabres, was named the Swedish Hockey League's best defenseman Monday. He already won the Salming Trophy as the league's best Swedish-born defenseman. The 22-year-old was an alternate captain for HV71 and blossomed with 38 points in 52 games, leading the…

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After watching his NFL team land a quarterback and linebacker in the first round and his NHL team secure the No. 1 pick in the draft, Buffalo Bills and Sabres owner Terry Pegula says the increased excitement among sports fans is warranted. He also says it's just the start of the process. Pegula called into "One Bills Live" on Monday as the organization's simulcast ha…

Beauts

Harrison Browne, who came out as transgender while playing for the Buffalo Beauts, has announced his retirement. Browne played for the Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League from 2015 to 2017, beginning his career as Hailey Browne. The 24-year-old announced he was transgender prior to his second season, becoming the first player to do so in professional team sport…

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Steve Greeley has apparently decided Buffalo is finer than Carolina. The Hurricanes interviewed the Sabres assistant general manager twice for their vacant GM job, but Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is reporting the courtship is over. The sides couldn't come to a contract agreement. Greeley joined the Sabres in June along with fellow assistant GM Randy Sexton. The 37…

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Whenever the Buffalo Sabres practiced, it was clear Phil Housley was lacking a Phil Housley. The coach was the best passer on the ice. He'd run a drill and hit players' tape. The players would follow and miss. The NHL Draft should change that. Although there are holes at wing and goaltender, arguably the biggest missing piece for Buffalo was a quarterback on defense.…

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TORONTO – Jason Botterill wasn't worried about hitting the jackpot. Suddenly, as the Buffalo Sabres reached the final four of the NHL Draft Lottery, the prize was right before his eyes. "That was the first time I was like, 'Oh, my goodness. This is nerve-racking, for sure,'" the Buffalo Sabres' general manager said Saturday night. The nerves were worth it. They led t…

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TORONTO – Jackpot. The third time was the charm for the Buffalo Sabres, who won the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night and hold the No. 1 pick for June's draft. Like 2014 and 2015, the last-place Sabres had the best odds for the top spot. Unlike the other two years, they will select first. It should change the franchise. The unquestioned No. 1 selection is defens…

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TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres are still alive in the NHL Draft Lottery. The league unveiled the fourth through 15th picks Saturday night, and the Sabres didn't hear their name. They will draft in the top three June 22 in Dallas, but they don't yet know exactly where. The first three selections, each done via lottery, will be unveiled at approximately 9:30 p.m. during …

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A groin injury appears to have ended Casey Mittelstadt's season. The Buffalo Sabres and their 19-year-old center hoped USA Hockey would select Mittelstadt for its World Championship team. The United States unveiled its initial roster Saturday, and Mittelstadt failed to make the cut. A groin injury is said to be the culprit. USA Hockey named 23 players to its roste…

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It was the day Darcy Regier repeated a word and launched an era. Suffering. The former Buffalo Sabres general manager has never been so right. Five years ago Sunday – April 29, 2013 – Regier and then-President Ted Black walked into the Sabres' news conference room. It started 46 minutes of madness. Verbal volleyball between Black and the media featured words su…

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As the Buffalo Sabres hope for one elite Swedish defenseman this weekend, they reportedly have signed another. The Sabres have agreed to a contract with defenseman Lawrence Pilut, according to Swedish website HockeyPuls.se. The 22-year-old won the Salming Trophy this season as the best native-born defenseman in the Swedish Hockey League. The Sabres have not announced…

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With the Alex Nylander analysis complete, here's a look at how other Sabres prospects fared during Rochester's short playoff series: * Sean Malone – The forward's stock went up in a hurry. The West Seneca native started on the fourth line, but he was double-shifting by the end. Malone was the Amerks' go-to guy on faceoffs, and his win in Game 3 set up Justin Bailey's go…