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DETROIT -- Finally, more than two months after he was injured in the Sabres first game of the Prospects Challenge, Alexander Nylander is making his season debut tonight. Nylander, Buffalo's No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, will be in the lineup for Rochester's game against Hartford in Blue Cross Arena. Here's Nylander's interview today with the Amerks' web site: https:/…

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LAS VEGAS — Veteran winger Kyle Okposo returned to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup Tuesday night against the Vegas Golden Knights after missing the previous two games due to the flu. He said it was a relief to escape the throes of his bug and regain some of the weight he's lost. "Basically sitting in a hotel room for 2 1/2 straight days is not good stuff," Okposo said after …

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LAS VEGAS — Former No. 1 draft pick Alexander Nylander has been off the ice since he was injured in the Sabres' first prospect game in mid-September. He missed all of training camp, derailing any hope of him cracking the NHL lineup. Now he's missed the start of the season in Rochester too. But Nylander is getting closer to a return to the ice and a start to his season. …

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The Buffalo Sabres finalized their opening night roster Tuesday and, as expected, their most unlikely choice at forward is free-agent signee Seth Griffith. Griffith, who split time last year between Toronto, Florida and the minors, saw time on the top line in the third period of Friday's preseason finale against the New York Islanders. He was back with Jack Eichel and E…

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The only date Marco Scandella is concerned with is Oct. 5. He wants to be ready when the Sabres open the regular season. As for the days between now and then? If he can get on the ice, great. If not, that's fine, too. "I don't want to be that guy coming in and then being out right away again," Scandella said  in HarborCenter. "Once I get back in there, I just want to…

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Ryan O'Reilly knows the Sabres' captaincy is available. While he says it would be an honor to wear the "C," he's not going to campaign for it. As usual, his words suggest he's a top candidate. The Sabres struggled with communication last season, and O'Reilly is determined to change that. "Leadership is a big part, hold everyone accountable, myself being accountabl…

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The Sabres used the No. 2 overall draft pick on center Sam Reinhart in 2014. For much of the last two seasons, Reinhart was a right winger, not a center. Just a few minutes into Phil Housley's chat to open training camp, it was wondered where Reinhart will play. "Do I really have to reveal that right out of the gate?" Housley said with a laugh. Thankfully, the coa…

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As the Sabres' prospects wrapped up practice, Chris Taylor skated to Alex Nylander for a one-on-one chat. The coach wanted to make sure Nylander was ready for this weekend's tournament. "I’m ready," Nylander quickly replied. Sensing the forward was saying it just to appease him, Taylor stressed that he was serious. He wanted to make sure Nylander recognized the impor…

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Sabres fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys can wear them again. He is going to continue to wear No. 29. The Sabres did some number crunching Monday, announcing uniforms for 13 players. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will swi…

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The Sabres did some number crunching Monday. Buffalo fans who still have their old Jason Pominville jerseys will be pleased. Pominville, reacquired this offseason, will wear his familiar No. 29 when the Sabres return to the ice next month. Defenseman Jake McCabe gave up No. 29 and will switch to No. 19, the number he wore in college at Wisconsin. The Sabres announced…

Alex Nylander may not be ready to play for the Buffalo Sabres just yet, but he'd probably already be the team's best shootout specialist. Nylander scored two of Team Gold's goals on penalty shots in a 5-3 loss to Team Blue at the Sabres Development Camp Scrimmage Saturday. He capped off the afternoon by scoring a third time in an extra full-team shootout following the fin…

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1. Sabres start with a splash Fans who arrived on time for the start of day two were treated to Tim Murray's first trade of the summer. Buffalo moved up from No. 38 to 33 in a trade that sent Dimitry Kulikov to Buffalo and Mark Pysyk to Florida. The move helped the Sabres land Swedish center Rasmus Asplund. who was linemates with Sabres first-round pick Alex Nylander at t…

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1. Pegula’s address Sabres owner Terry Pegula opened the draft ceremonies with an address to the crowd, making Toronto Maple Leafs fans in attendance wait a few extra minutes for Auston Matthews. He welcomed visitors to Buffalo and gave the players a few words of advice. He also let visiting teams know if they have any problems, “just call my wife.” 2. Booing Bettman It…