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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 Sabres have added a veteran to their existing coaching staff, hiring three-time Stanley Cup champion Steve Smith as an assistant coach two days after he resigned from a similar post with the Carolina Hurricanes. Smith, 55, has been an NHL assistant for nine years and spent four years with the Canes. While in Carolina, he was in charge of the team's defensemen and pe…

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The Vladdy Express is close to pulling in for a stop at Coca-Cola Field. Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., baseball's top prospect and the pride of the Toronto Blue Jays organization, will be promoted to the Buffalo Bisons when he returns from the disabled list, according to a report Tuesday by the Toronto Sun. Guerrero, 19, has destroyed Double-A pitching this ye…

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When Jack Eichel Instagrammed the world on Friday he was changing his uniform number from 15 to 9 next season, that was a relatively rare move. Players often change numbers when they switch teams but it's not normally done by big names without a change of scenery. A couple of notable exceptions that jump to mind are Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles (switched from 8 to 24 in 2…

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The Buffalo Sabres have announced they have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year, entry-level contract that will begin with the 2018-19 season. The signing was largely a formality, as the CBA mandates maximum values for entry-level deals. Dahlin is getting a max contract, with a cap hit of $925,000 ($832,500 in salary and $92,500 in signing bo…

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The new season will be a new era for the Buffalo Sabres with Rasmus Dahlin in the fold. But Jack Eichel is going back to something tried and true. With Evander Kane now in San Jose, Eichel is going back to the uniform number from his days of youth and college hockey and switching from No. 15 to No. 9. “For a long time, the number nine has always been a part of my ide…

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Jose Bautista's return to Toronto with the Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday went pretty much as you would have expected. The Blue Jays did a fine job with a pregame video tribute, and the fans showered Mr. Bat Flip with standing ovations both nights as he came to the plate. It all had a throwback sort of feel to it, odd in a way because Bautista just left Toronto last Sept…

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So if it seems like it's been a whirlwind to follow the Buffalo Sabres for the last month, that's because it has been. The Scouting Combine hit Buffalo and gave us our first introduction to Rasmus Dahlin. We followed him to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final – the first NHL game the 18-year-old had ever seen live. Then came the worldwide coverage of draft week in Dallas, a…

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Jordan Nolan's stopover in Buffalo was for one season and he's now going to join a couple of ex-Sabres teammates in St. Louis. Less than four days after the blockbuster deal that sent Ryan O'Reilly from Buffalo to the Blues, Nolan has signed a one-year contract to return to the Western Conference. Nolan will play in St. Louis with O'Reilly and former Buffalo backup goal…

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Ryan O'Reilly is thrilled with his new start but said his goodbyes to Buffalo Monday by acknowledging he's leaving some unfinished business behind. The Sabres didn't make the playoffs in any of O'Reilly's three seasons and he was sent to St. Louis on Sunday night wondering what could have been here. "It's frustrating, not what you want," O'Reilly said Monday on a con…

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So no matter what he might think of them as players, it's fairly obvious what Jason Botterill thinks of Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly as locker room influences. The Sabres' general manager has been bent on improving the culture of his club, and moving out former GM Tim Murray's prime trade acquisitions has clearly been one talking point. Kane had to go…

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It was a rumor you heard much of last season and it came to fruition Monday as former Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has returned to play in the KHL. Antipin has signed a three-year deal with his former team, Magnitogorsk Matallurg, after a difficult season in Buffalo. Antipin, 25, had played 266 games for that club and been a full-timer for five years (2012-17) befor…

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After a last-place season, General Manager Jason Botterill promised the Buffalo Sabres were going to get a shakeup. After several moves in recent days, Botterill delivered with a blockbuster Sunday night. Center Ryan O'Reilly, who signed what was the richest contract in team history just over three years ago, was traded to the St. Louis Blues for a large haul: A first-r…

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The job of retooling the Buffalo Sabres is far from over. But a major question mark was officially answered Sunday. Just as General Manager Jason Botterill promised, he solved the team's goaltending riddle by signing St. Louis' Carter Hutton to a three-year deal at a very reasonable cap hit of $2.75 million per season. Hutton, 32, is expected to be the No. 1 goalie and …

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Things just got ratcheted up in the Buffalo Sabres' biggest rivalry. The Toronto Maple Leafs shifted the balance of power in the Atlantic Division -- and maybe became one of the favorites for the Stanley Cup -- when they signed New York Islanders center John Tavares to a seven-year, $77-million free agent deal Sunday. The stunning announcement ended the league's hott…

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Winger Scott Wilson was a Stanley Cup champion for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2017 and provided the Sabres some depth at forward after being acquired from Detroit last fall. The Sabres hoped to bring him back to their bottom six and got the job done Sunday by signing Wilson to a two-year contract. He will have a cap hit of $1.05 million. The Sabres did not give Wilso…