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Presumptive No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin isn't the only Swedish defenseman set to come to Buffalo. The Sabres have reportedly agreed to terms with award-winning Lawrence Pilut, too. Because Pilut is still part of the Swedish national team as it prepares for next week's World Championship, the Sabres can't confirm the signing. General Manager Jason Botterill did acknow…

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TORONTO – The Buffalo Sabres know hockey can be a physical game, especially when Scott Hartnell is on the ice. They know his hits are worse when the recipient is in an awkward position. That's how they view the Nashville forward's hit on Victor Antipin. While Sabres coach Phil Housley fumed about the lack of suspension for Hartnell's hit that ended Antipin's season, …

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Alex Iafallo said Feb. 17 was one date he had circled when he looked at the Los Angeles Kings' schedule. It was pretty easy to see why Saturday. As the Eden native took the ice in KeyBank Center, the Zamboni end of the rink was full of fans in black and silver. "Eden loves Iafallo" read one placard, a heart substituting the word "loves." A comedian in the crew even plas…

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The Sabres used the No. 2 overall draft pick on center Sam Reinhart in 2014. For much of the last two seasons, Reinhart was a right winger, not a center. Just a few minutes into Phil Housley's chat to open training camp, it was wondered where Reinhart will play. "Do I really have to reveal that right out of the gate?" Housley said with a laugh. Thankfully, the coa…

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CHICAGO – In the ideal scenario, Buffalo was going to draft a goaltender. The situation Saturday wasn’t only ideal, it was tops. The Sabres used a second-round selection on Finland’s Ukka-Pekka Luukkonen. He was the top-ranked European goalie prospect, according to NHL Central Scouting, after leading his junior team to the league championship. Though he’s one to thre…

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CHICAGO – There’s going to be a push to further build hockey in the United States. Terry Pegula will be involved. The Sabres’ owner will appear with some of hockey’s top executives Friday at a news conference that will “support college hockey.” Pegula will be joined by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, players’ association executive assistant Mathieu Schneider, USA Hockey …

I It was a big win and a big loss all at once Tuesday for the Buffalo Sabres.Thomas Vanek left for good with 7:14 to play in the second period after scoring his second goal in the 6-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Lindy Ruff revealed Vanek will miss several weeks with an undisclosed upper body injury.Vanek slid hard into the end boards after scoring the goal on…

Buffalo Sabres center Tim Connolly, who has missed four straight games, told The News during Saturday's meeting with the New York Islanders he suffered a broken rib when he was checked by St. Louis' Keith Tkachuk.Connolly was hit hard by Tkachuk on Nov. 12, but an initial diagnosis failed to reveal the crack. The Sabres have described the injury only as an "upper body/musc…

Tim Connolly is still affected by the concussion he suffered May 8, and it was only in the past week that he finally decided to watch the crunching hit that stopped his season.The center ended his silence Saturday as the Buffalo Sabres closed their dressing room until September. He said he's feeling pretty good, but he was talking more staggered than usual in an HSBC Are…