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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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Newly signed goaltender Robin Lehner is a "unique case," Islanders president Lou Lamoriello said during an interview with Sirius XM NHL Radio on Thursday. Lehner, a former Sabre, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the team earlier this week. Lehner became an unrestricted free agent when the Sabres declined to make him a qualifying offer. He would have been…

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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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“Luuuuuce, Luuuuuce, Luuuuuce.” The fans chant as No. 58 skates across the ice during the final day of Sabres development camp. He zig-zags to avoid defenders on his way to the goal, where he takes a shot on net before retreating to the bench at the end of his shift.  “Luuuuuce, Luuuuuce, Luuuuuce.” He returns to the ice, this time on the same pairing as No. 1 ove…

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Robin Lehner is heading to the New York Islanders. The team announced Tuesday that they had signed the former Sabres goaltender to a one-year deal, reported by CapFriendly.com to be valued at $1.5 million. Lehner became an unrestricted free agent when the Sabres declined to make him a qualifying offer. He would have been due $4 million. Lehner, 26, was 14-26-9 las…

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Forward Colin Blackwell, who spent last season with the Rochester Americans, signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators, the team announced. According to a news release, Blackwell will make $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level in 2018-19. He will get $700,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL in 2019-20. The 5-foot-9 Blackwel…

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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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Tage Thompson can't even remember how many cities he's lived in over his 20 years. "I know my mom's tried to do the math," Thompson said. "That'd probably be a question for her." He moved around often growing up, following his father, Brent, as he pursued a career in the NHL and in coaching. Thompson had gone to nine schools by his junior year of high school. In the …

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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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The Sabres traded Ryan O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night for two draft picks and three players. After the deal was made, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong called O'Reilly to welcome him to the organization. While Armstrong offered congratulations on O'Reilly's wedding and asked about honeymoon plans, O'Reilly also expressed his desire to be in St. Lo…

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Five things to know about new Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund, one of three players acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade: 1. He has three 20-goal seasons under his belt The most recent came two years ago, when he played in every Blues game and scored 23 times. The 30-year-old center was on a 20-goal pace last season but his campaign was …

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Forward-thinking, money-saving trades are not easy to evaluate, at least judging by the reactions of Buffalo Sabres fans to general manager Jason Botterill's jettisoning of Ryan O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night. According to Buffalo hockey Twitter - the legions of armchair pundits anxious to express their feelings about breaking news - the response seemed…

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Five things to know about Tage Thompson, one of three players that the Buffalo Sabres acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade: 1. Last season was his first full year as a professional Thompson signed an entry-level deal with St. Louis last month after two seasons of college hockey at the University of Connecticut. The former first-round pick in 2…

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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired veteran winger Vladimir Sobotka from the St. Louis Blues as part of the package of players acquired for Ryan O'Reilly. Here are five things about Sobotka, who turns 31 on Monday: 1. He was drafted in 2005, but did not immediately come to the NHL The Czech winger was selected in fourth round of the 2005 draft but did not make his NH…