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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. He is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter, a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.


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The Buffalo Sabres' preseason takes an unusual detour Tuesday. No big city, big arena or bright lights. It's going to be a day for grassroots hockey. The team starts with a morning flight through the state to Griffiss Air Force base in Rome, notable as the site of Woodstock '99. Then it's a brief bus trip to the Village of Clinton, population 2,000. The Sabres will h…

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Brian Gionta sat down Monday at the front of the cramped media room in KeyBank Center and seemed surprised. He eyed the crowd of reporters, the bank of television cameras and many of his former teammates standing in the back of the room and said sheepishly that he didn't feel the end of his NHL career warranted any sort of formal announcement like this. He could not hav…

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Former Sabres captain Brian Gionta made it official Monday afternoon, announcing his retirement from the NHL after a career that spanned 1,026 games over 16 seasons. Speaking at a news conference in KeyBank Center, the Rochester native confirmed his playing days have ended and he is moving into an unspecified role on the development staff of the Sabres and Rochester Ame…

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Count Jack Eichel among the hundreds of NHL players past and present who have felt major impact from playing alongside former Sabres captain Brian Gionta. "He's somebody I grew up watching and all of a sudden I'm sitting a few stalls away from him my first years in the NHL," Eichel told The Buffalo News after practice Monday morning. "That was cool. It's an unbelievable…

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When Marco Scandella hit town last year, he wasn't expecting to lose. Scandella had been to the playoffs for five consecutive seasons with the Minnesota Wild. In 2011, he got to the Calder Cup final, playing for their AHL affiliate in Houston. Winning was all he knew as a pro. Didn't happen last season. Things quickly went sour for the Sabres in Scandella's first yea…

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Calle Rosen's shot from the point threaded its way into the net for a power-play goal with 9:28 left Saturday night, snapping a tie and sending the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 exhibition win over the Buffalo Sabres in KeyBank Center. The Leafs swept the weekend home-and-home series between the Atlantic Division rivals and improved to 4-0 in the preseason. The Sabres ar…

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The Buffalo Sabres are heading into the final week of training camp and in the wake of Saturday's visit by the Toronto Maple Leafs to KeyBank Center, there are only three preseason games left. None of those are at home. When the Sabres hit the ice again downtown, it will be for real as they stage the Oct. 4 season opener against the Boston Bruins. There is plenty of …

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The back half of the Sabres' home-and-home set with the Toronto Maple Leafs is tonight at 7 in KeyBank Center and it will mark the preseason debuts of Sam Reinhart and Zach Bogosian. Perhaps of even more note is that winger Tage Thompson will play on back-to-back nights and get a shot playing on the top line with Jack Eichel. Thompson struggled defensively at times in F…

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TORONTO -- The Buffalo Sabres knew their talent pool of forwards was getting deeper when they mapped it out over the summer. But looking good on paper is one thing. Seeing it play out on the ice is something else entirely. The Sabres suffered a 5-3 preseason loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night in Scotiabank Arena but the game was punctuated by highlight-reel…

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TORONTO -- West Seneca native and Nichols School product Chris Mueller stung his hometown team Friday night, scoring the tiebreaking goal in the second period to snap a tie and send the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-3 preseason win over the Buffalo Sabres. The game was played before 18,833 in the newly-named Scotiabank Arena, formerly Air Canada Centre. It was the Leafs' f…

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TORONTO —  The NHL's preseason waiver period has opened and the Sabres have put Matt Moulson on waivers in likely anticipation of once again loaning him to the AHL's Ontario Reign if he clears. You may have forgotten that Moulson, 34, is still Sabres property but he is in the final year of his contract with a $5 million cap hit. The Sabres would again be on the hook for…

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TORONTO -- The Sabres and Maple Leafs won't have deep lineups for Friday night's preseason game in the newly-named Scotiabank Arena. What does that mean for Buffalo fans? They will see Rasmus Dahlin in the rematch Saturday in KeyBank Center -- as well as the head-to-head matchup of good friends and All-Star Game teammates Jack Eichel and Austin Matthews. Update: Late…

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Sam Reinhart came to town without a contract and was on the ice skating with his Buffalo Sabres teammates the day after Labor Day. It was a good-faith sign on his part. Reinhart left town very disappointed a few days later with no deal. Several weeks of negotiation proved fruitless, making for one long flight home. He had no idea when he'd be back and missing the start …

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After three days away from the team on the road back from hip surgery, veteran defenseman Zach Bogosian returned to practice with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday and fully took part in all drills at HarborCenter. Bogosian, who had not been seen since practicing in the first two days of camp, revealed he has been skating on his own. "Coming back from a major surgery, y…

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While the Buffalo Sabres were hard at work for the last week in HarborCenter, Sam Reinhart was in Vancouver skating with the University of British Columbia. He had come here to skate in September with many new teammates but returned home when there was no new contract with Buffalo. Vancouver in September is lovely. It wasn't where Reinhart wanted to be at all. "It wa…