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The Buffalo Sabres added another forward to their roster of players in the fold on Monday when they signed left wing C.J. Smith to a one-year, two-way contract with an average annual value of $874,125, according to the team. The signing of Justin Bailey, Evan Rodrigues, Nicholas Baptiste and Danny O’Regan over the weekend leaves forward Sam Reinhart as the team’s only uns…

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And one remains. The Buffalo Sabres agreed to terms Monday with forward C.J. Smith on a one-year, two-way contract, meaning the organization has signed five of its six restricted free agents. The only one without a deal to this point is Sam Reinhart. General Manager Jason Botterill has said the team and Reinhart's agent are looking to agree on a multiyear deal and Bo…

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About five years ago, Amy and Mike Lesakowski were driving on the Niagara Thruway above downtown when Mike pointed to HarborCenter, then under construction, and told his wife that's where they would someday hold a record-breaking hockey tournament to raise money for charity. "I was like, 'OK, honey,' " Amy Lesakowki recalled Sunday with a laugh. Amy is a breast cance…

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By Sam Carchidi The Philadelphia Inquirer Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery died at age 35 while swimming in Ontario on Sunday morning. The Flyers confirmed his death late Sunday afternoon. The Hamilton Spectator reported a man drowned after visiting a friend’s boat at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. It did not name the victim, but Toronto photojournalist Andrew Co…

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The Buffalo Sabres addressed the depth at forward in the organization on Sunday with the signing of three skaters to one-year, two-way contracts including Williamsville native Justin Bailey. The Sabres also announced the signing of Daniel O'Regan and Nicholas Baptiste. All three restricted free agents have limited NHL experience but figure to contend for roster position…

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The Sabres have signed restricted free agent forwards Danny O'Regan, Nick Baptsite and Justin Bailey to two-way contracts for the 2018-19 season, the team announced Sunday. O'Regan's deal has an average annual value of $874,125. Baptiste's has an average annual value of $787,500 and Bailey's has an AAV of $715,000. O'Regan was acquired by the Sabres at the trade dead…

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With a number of signings this offseason, here's a look at five key players new to the Buffalo Beauts this year: 1. Shannon Szabados. The three-time Olympian for Team Canada has an 8-1-0 record at the Olympic games. She was part of the gold medal team in 2010 and backstopped the Canadians to gold in 2014. Her only blemish is a loss to the U.S. in the 2018 gold-medal gam…

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The initial reaction was surprise leaning toward shock. Did the Buffalo Beauts really just sign Shannon Szabados, the best goaltender in women’s hockey and one of the sport’s most recognizable names? But soon, the shock turned to no-brainer, at least for Jacquie Greco. The 27-year-old Buffalo native who also signed on for her third season with the Beauts saw the rush…

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In a seven-paragraph message posted to Twitter Friday night, former Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly thanked the Sabres organization and the City of Buffalo for the treatment he received during his three seasons with the team. Wrote O'Reilly in part: "When I was traded here I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away by how much this city has to offer and all of the amazi…

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As the 11 Day Power Play heads into its final weekend, there will be an emotional Sunday finale – and there are already plans for the event to return next year. Amy Lesakowski, the executive director of the 11 Day Power Play, said the fundraiser will be back in 2019 with the same "Community Shift" format it had this year. "At the closing ceremony last year we mention…

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Rochester's Blue Cross Arena will be management by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, owners of the Bills, Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, at least through the end of the year. At a news conference Friday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and PSE officials announced an interim agreement through Dec. 31, although Warren said she hopes that PSE becomes the permanent solu…

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Forward Sean Malone has accepted his qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres, signing a one-year, two-way deal that would pay $787,500 at the NHL level. He made $70,000 last year in the AHL. Malone, the West Seneca native and Nichols product who played collegiately at Harvard, was second among Rochester Amerks rookies last year with 12 goals and finished with 22 points…

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The 11 Day Power Play has already surpassed last year's fundraising total, and there are plenty of shifts left to play. The community fundraiser announced that it surpassed $1.2 million late Wednesday night. The event, held at HarborCenter, began on July 5 and concludes on Sunday. "We're completely overwhelmed by the support and the amount of people that are donating…

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The Rochester Amerks have unveiled the schedule for their 63rd season in the AHL, and it includes a game in KeyBank Center for their eighth straight year. Rochester will meet the Cleveland Monsters, the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets,  in Buffalo at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The game is one highlight of the Amerks 37th season in multiple stints as a Sabres…