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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…

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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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Here are five things to know about goalie Carter Hutton, who is now officially a member of the Buffalo Sabres: 1. He didn't make his NHL debut until he was 27. Hutton was at UMass Lowell for four years after going undrafted, then spent three seasons in the American Hockey League before making his NHL debut with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2012-13 season. He bec…

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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…