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It's hard to imagine an NHL general manager having a worse spring than Jason Botterill. He's hard at work trying to redeem himself and the early returns of summer are good. We're at the point now where I can't wait for his next move. This is a fascinating process to watch play out. The Big One has to be coming. And you're starting to realize it may not be simply R…

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Alexander Nylander's tumultuous tenure with the Buffalo Sabres has come to an end. Nylander, the final first-round draft pick of former General Manager Tim Murray, was traded Tuesday to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right-shot defenseman Henri Jokiharju. Nylander, a 21-year-old right winger, had some success during his 12-game stint with the Sabres last seas…

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The Buffalo Sabres have to learn how to walk before they can run. The public proclamations come training camp in September are expected to revolve around climbing into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but a serious reality check is needed. The Sabres still have lots of work to do with their roster, including the major decision of keeping defensive workhors…

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For the second time in their careers, it will be Nylander vs. Nylander on Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. This time, the brothers on opposite sides of the Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry are coming into the game on good rolls. Alexander Nylander has made clear progress in his four-game recall with the Sabres and posted his first career multipoint game in t…

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Alex Nylander doesn’t know whether he’ll remain with the Sabres beyond Jack Eichel’s two-game suspension, but the former first-round draft pick intends to make the most of the opportunity. The forward, drafted eighth overall in 2016, has played just seven NHL games over the last two seasons, recording one goal and one assist. “I’m just going to play my best and obvio…

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The Buffalo Sabres recalled Alexander Nylander from the Rochester Americans on Sunday, with captain Jack Eichel facing an NHL disciplinary hearing. Nylander, the eighth overall pick in 2016, is riding a four-game goal streak and has seven points in the last six games with the Amerks. He has already set career highs in goals (12) and points (31) in 49 games. He has tied …

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TAMPA — The quest to find a right winger for Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel continued here Thursday night and it was a familiar face for Eichel. Evan Rodrigues, who played on the same line as the Buffalo captain during the 2014-15 season at Boston University, got the call for the Sabres' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rodrigues entered Thursday's game with eight…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Americans coach Chris Taylor didn’t hesitate to answer a question about Alexander Nylander’s early career struggles. “Absolutely,” Taylor quickly replied when asked if criticism of the Buffalo Sab…

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When Alex Nylander left Buffalo after development camp in June, he was going home to Sweden facing more questions about his future than answers. He didn't skate during development camp and was fresh off a disappointing 27-point, 51-game campaign in Rochester. For any 20-year-old, eighth overall pick in his spot, it was obvious the summer he was embarking on was critical…

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After not stepping foot on the ice during Sabres development camp in what is a critical offseason, Alex Nylander enters the club’s Prospects Challenge tournament this weekend with a lot riding on his shoulders. “It’s a huge little tournament for me and it’s obviously nice to get some games in before the real training camp starts,” Nylander said Friday morning after the …

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It's a two-pronged attack going on this week in KeyBank Center. While Jason Botterill is charging through the revamping of the Buffalo Sabres, assistant general manager Randy Sexton is doing likewise for the Rochester Amerks. It's a heavy lift for both. Botterill is trying to fix the worst team in the NHL (and drafting Rasmus Dahlin, of course, is a good way to start…

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Alex Nylander just got out of his teens. He's in a no-win position with his draft status. He started the season with a serious injury. It's almost unfair to rip his play. But he makes it so easy. The Buffalo Sabres prospect had an uninspired postseason as Rochester was swept out of the first round. He was dropped to the fourth line. He lost his power-play spot. He di…

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The stat sheet doesn't tell nearly the whole story. By the numbers, it shows the Buffalo Sabres gave up three goals in the third period and lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-5, here Friday night. It was a wild game before 19,902 in Amalie Arena that saw the Lightning take a two-point lead over Boston while Buffalo dropped its third in a row and fell to 2…

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TAMPA, Fla. – Casey Mittelstadt and Alexander Nylander, the Buffalo Sabres' top draft picks the last two years, scored the first goals of their NHL careers Friday night early in the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Amalie Arena. Mittelstadt converted with a wrist shot on a power play at 2:57 of the first period while Nylander tipped home a Brendan Guhle shot at 6…

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When Alex Nylander arrived in Buffalo last summer, he was eager to prove he belonged. He'd bulked up and said he'd grown up. He was determined to play for the Sabres. Seven months later, the winger will get his chance. An injury derailed the start of Nylander's season, but he has an opportunity to finish strong. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft will play …