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Welcome to June, 2018. It's the month the Buffalo Sabres hope will change their franchise forever. We got our first glimpse of Rasmus Dahlin Friday in HarborCenter and you can immediately see one thing that's going to change: The Sabres are about to get a lot more attention. The presumptive No. 1 draft pick's whirlwind of a month is under way at the NHL Scouting Comb…

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Rasmus Dahlin is a survivalist. Whether stickhandling through the neutral zone or strafing his way through Anarchy Acres, his mission is the same: to escape chaos and make his enemies pay the price for failing to contain him. Dahlin is the presumptive first overall draft choice in the NHL Draft. He's a blue-line prodigy who was 16 when he turned pro in Sweden's top l…

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Three of the picks from Tim Murray's final draft as Buffalo Sabres general manager are done with the organization and eligible to go back into the hopper for this year's selections in Dallas. The team has relinquished the rights to defensemen Austin Osmanski and Vojtech Budik as well as forward Brandon Hagel , choosing not to sign them by Friday's 5 p.m. deadline. Teams…

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In his first meeting with the media Friday at the NHL Scouting Combine, Rasmus Dahlin's improving English laid things out in plain terms that embattled Buffalo Sabres fans will love to hear. Q. How much do you hate losing? A. "Pretty much." Q. How can you lift a team, especially one like the Sabres that has lost a lot in recent years? A. "I'm a player that wants to…

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A member of the Ottawa Senators front office will appear in a Buffalo courtroom on Monday to face charges that he harassed a 19-year-old male by rubbing the teenager's shoulders and making lewd comments to him. Randy Lee, the team's assistant general manager who was in town for this weekend's NHL pre-draft Scouting Combine, was arrested and arraigned in Buffalo City Cou…

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The goal seemed simple: Talk to NHL scouts, ask for in-depth descriptions of three parts of Rasmus Dahlin's game and relay what makes the defenseman special in those areas. There was a problem. The scouts refused to get tied down to just three parts of Dahlin's game. "He's more or less a complete package," Goran Stubb, director of NHL European Scouting, said by phone…

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One of the most appealing qualities of Rasmus Dahlin is there are no question marks. He's ready for the NHL right now. "I'm not saying he will be a god for the Buffalo Sabres, but he will definitely help them in his first year," Goran Stubb, director of NHL European Scouting, said by phone from Finland. It's nothing new for the No. 1 overall pick to jump right to the…

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As the Buffalo Sabres look toward the future with this week's NHL Scouting Combine, they also have to look back at the 2016 NHL Draft. There is a deadline looming for unsigned prospects. Teams have two years to sign players drafted from Canadian junior leagues, and the contracts must be complete by June 1. The Sabres do not yet have deals with their final four picks fro…

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It doesn't matter which Rasmus Dahlin highlight is picked. It could be a scintillating rush. It could be a pinpoint pass through traffic. It could be a top-shelf shot. Pick any of them – Buffalo Sabres fans will gladly pick them all – and take a look at Dahlin's eyes. His head is up, analyzing the play. He knows the puck is on his tape while he skates. He knows his stic…

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LAS VEGAS -- Brayden Holtby made a miraculous save to preserve the lead. Not outrageous to think that could happen. Brooks Orpik scored the game-winning goal. Hard to fathom that could happen in the Stanley Cup final. The Washington Capitals held on for a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights here Wednesday night, the second straight breathtaking affair in a series that…

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LAS VEGAS — As a questioner aptly deadpanned to Washington coach Barry Trotz prior to Game 2 Wednesday, "It turns out there's a lot to do in this town on the off nights." So how are the Capitals keeping their eyes on the prize during the Stanley Cup final and not getting led into temptation in Sin City? Trotz created a new verb to offer the explanation when he pointed o…

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LAS VEGAS -- The Stanley Cup final marches on with Game 2 Wednesday night in T-Mobile Arena, as the Vegas Golden Knights look to take a stranglehold on the series. Can this game match up to the supercharged atmosphere and wild mood swings of the opener? Game 1 was simply crazy. Washington overcame a 1-0 deficit to go ahead, 2-1. The Caps then fell behind, 3-2, rallied f…

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LAS VEGAS – The celebrities are agog with hockey. Celine Dion has worn a Vegas Golden Knights jersey on stage at Caesars Palace. Wayne Newton has done likewise at T-Mobile Arena. Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather was in the stands Monday for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, too. They're not the only ones who've jumped on the bandwagon. Las Vegas is awash with people fro…

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LAS VEGAS – Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final was a massive lost opportunity for the Washington Capitals. No one on their roster felt that more than center Lars Eller. The Vegas Golden Knights led, 5-4, and T-Mobile Arena was in an uproar as the Caps were playing 6-on-5 hockey in the final minute Monday. Tom Wilson moved close to the goal, cutting around Golden Knights de…

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LAS VEGAS -- To get the true feeling of what it's like to be here for the Stanley Cup final, you have to start at the beginning Monday. And we're not talking the opening faceoff. There were thousands of people on the plaza outside T-Mobile Arena for a Lil John concert and the jumbtron led the paying customers inside in chants in unison with the folks outside. The place …