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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…

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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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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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Tyler Ennis is returning to the Atlantic Division. Ennis, a 5-9 forward who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Buffalo Sabres, signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. The deal is worth $650,000. Ennis had the final year of his contract bought out by Minnesota. The Wild acquired him in a trade with the Sabres last summer th…

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Martin Dahlin and his wife, Asa, never really talked about this at home with their son, Rasmus. But for some time, the Dahlin family knew they would be sitting here, in a hockey rink someplace in North America, watching Rasmus play. That someplace became Buffalo late last month, when the Sabres used the first overall pick in the National Hockey League entry draft to sel…

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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…