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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jack Eichel thinks the World Cup of Hockey is a fantastic idea. He could find out soon if he’ll be playing in it.The initial 16 players for each of the eight teams will be announced March 2 as the NHL and its players’ association move a step closer to the international event. Eichel is one of three Sabres with a chance to play in the tournament, which will…

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- USA Hockey is holding its ninth annual "Hockey Weekend Across America," with children ages 4 to 9 able to try hockey for free Saturday in Northtown Center (9:30-10:20 a.m.), North Buffalo Ice Rink (4:30-5:30 p.m.) and Cornerstone CFCU Arena in Lockport (9-10 a.m.). See TryHockeyForFree.com for more details. As part of the weekend celebrating hockey the U…

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Marcus Foligno had a rough morning. The trip to the dentist probably won’t be any better. A teammate’s skate struck the Sabres forward in the mouth during Friday’s morning skate, leaving blood and a tooth on the ice in Nationwide Arena. Foligno is still expected to face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. “Didn’t look all that pretty coming off th…

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The NHL doesn’t often get it right on violence (really, nothing for Radko Gudas’s hit on Dan Catenacci?), but Gary Bettman should be commended for upholding Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension for crushing a linesman on Jan. 27.It’s truly gratifying to hear the commissioner question the sincerity of Wideman’s apologies, calling them “somewhat hollow.” That characterizes 98…

Justin Bailey’s dream came true. He pulled on a Sabres sweater and played in the NHL.He hopes to do it again soon.The Sabres sent Bailey back to Rochester on Thursday after a four-game stint with the big club. Tim Murray was waiting for the Williamsville native at the conclusion of practice, and the general manager delivered the bad news. He also had words of encouragement…

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Evander Kane is forgiven. His job now is to make people forget. Kane will be out of the doghouse and back on the ice Friday when the Sabres visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The left winger’s benching for missing practice is over after one game, and he insists he received the message sent by the organization. “It’s always good when you can get back on the ice and get back…

When Justin Bailey left the ice after practice Thursday, Tim Murray was waiting. The Sabres’ general manager delivered bad news (the forward is going back to Rochester) and words of encouragement (Bailey will be back in Buffalo at some point soon). With the Sabres returning to health, Bailey has been sent to the Amerks. The Williamsville native played four games with the …

The benching of Evander Kane will last one game. He says he learned a lesson from it. His coach sure hopes so. Kane, who sat out Tuesday in Ottawa after missing practice, will return the lineup when the Sabres visit Columbus on Friday. The left winger is expected to resume his top-line spot alongside center Ryan O’Reilly and right wing Sam Reinhart. “It’s always good whe…

Jack Eichel and Rasmus Ristolainen will find out soon if they’re locks for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. The eight teams competing in the tournament will announce their initial rosters of 16 players March 2. The remaining players will be selected prior to the World Cup, which will be held Sept. 17 through Oct. 1 in Toronto. Eichel and Ristolainen are the Sabres with the …

The NHL can be an unforgiving place. Even when a team feels like it’s getting somewhere, the standings tell a different story.It’s yet another hard lesson for the Sabres.After helping Buffalo to another point last game, goaltender Robin Lehner looked to the bright side.“We got a point on the road,” Lehner said after Tuesday’s 2-1 shootout loss in Ottawa. “We’re creeping up…

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Evander Kane’s attorney said he is still waiting for word from Erie County prosecutors on whether charges will be filed against the Buffalo Sabres star in connection with an incident in late December involving a 20-year-old woman.Detectives from the Buffalo Police Sex Offenses Squad have been trying to determine what happened between Kane and the young woman during an enco…

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OTTAWA – As a whole, the Buffalo Sabres probably didn’t get their just reward after a strong performance here Tuesday night. But a key takeaway from their 2-1 shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators was that Matt Moulson did. The veteran winger snapped his ugly, 44-game drought with his first goal since Nov. 1 by sliding a backhand between the legs of Ottawa’s Craig Anderson…

OTTAWA -- Another chance at a three-game winning streak, another chance denied. For the sixth straight time this season, the Buffalo Sabres failed to win three in a row as the Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo, 2-1, in a shootout Tuesday night in snowbound Canadian Tire Centre. Bobby Ryan and Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa while the Sabres were blanked in the shootout as the S…

Junior Achievement of Western New York will be rooting for the goalie at every Buffalo Sabres game for the rest of February. For each save the team makes this month, the Sabres and the First Niagara Foundation will donate $10 to JA under their Sabres Saves Campaign. Last year, 15,238 students from kindergarten through 12th grade in 165 schools and community organizations t…

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OTTAWA – Evander Kane could not have been more emphatic here Tuesday: He will never cause another distraction for the Buffalo Sabres again. Now it’s up to him to make sure he lives up to that bold promise. That was the message the benched Kane sent at Canadian Tire Centre after taking part in the Sabres’ optional pregame skate. Kane did not play in the game against the O…