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The Sabres won't have to wait nearly as long to see the Toronto Maple Leafs as they did last season. The QEW rivals will square off in the first of four meetings on Dec. 4 in Buffalo, the 29th contest of Buffalo's 2018-19 campaign. The Sabres and the Leafs didn't play last year until March 5, Buffalo's 66 game. This year's series continues in the second half of the s…

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Former NHL defenseman Jay McKee, who spent 10 seasons playing for the Buffalo Sabres through 2006 before moving on to other teams and then coaching, has finally sold his Western New York home. McKee and his wife, former Buffalo Jills cheerleader Nicole Malczewski, sold their five-bedroom home in Elma to Richard L. and Cynthia L. Betschen on Wednesday. The sale price was $…

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Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly finished in second place Wednesday night in balloting for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Vegas center William Karlsson won the honor at the NHL Awards Show held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. O'Reilly had 24 goals, 37 assists and just one minor penalty last season for the Sabres while also setti…

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It's a great time to be a Sabres fan. Really. (OK, that's provided you avert your eyes from staring at the standings that wrapped up in April.) But that's not only because you're about to watch Rasmus Dahlin on the roster for probably, oh, the next 10 to 15 years. Dahlin will join the organization on Friday night at the first round of the NHL Draft in Dallas. We should …

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The NHL released the 2018-19 home openers for its teams Wednesday, and the Buffalo Sabres will play at KeyBank Center at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 against the Boston Bruins. Barring something unforeseen, the game will mark the NHL debut of No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin. The game also will mark the fifth straight year Buffalo has opened its season at home, and the Sabres…

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Rasmus Dahlin will enter a long line of first-round picks for the Buffalo Sabres when the team selects him Friday night in Dallas. The club's history with their top pick is a roller coaster ride of results. There are three Hall of Famers who were selected in the first round. There were stars of franchise annals and solid contributors, and there were several choices that…

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Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill says he's comfortable enough with the way the NHL Draft is set up for his team from the amateur side that he's spending most of his energy these days on the pro side of things. Translation: The phone isn't leaving his ear much with trade talk. And much of it is centered around Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres aren't shopping O'Reilly o…

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As we move into NHL Draft Week, I spent a few minutes this morning talking with Steve Kouleas on Sirius XM about many things Sabres. Topics discussed include (who else?) No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin, Casey Mittelstadt, Ryan O'Reilly trade rumors, Jack Eichel, goaltending and more. Click below to hear the interview:   https://buffalonews.com/2018/06…

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There have been 11 defensemen drafted No. 1 overall since the Buffalo Sabres entered the NHL in 1970, and the Blue and Gold will make it 12 when they take Rasmus Dahlin Friday in Dallas. Five of the 11 played at least 1,000 NHL games but four of those names – Chris Phillips, Ed Jovanovski, Roman Hamrlik and Rob Ramage – hardly rate as superstars. The fifth name surel…

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Statistics with the Buffalo Sabres for players drafted by the team over the last 10 years who made the NHL (* – no longer in the organization) https://buffalonews.com/2018/06/17/key-to-development-sabres-need-to-find-success-through-the-draft-not-just-at-the-top/ 2017 Rd/Pick Name GP G A Pts 1/8 Casey Mittelstadt 6 1 4 5 2016 Rd/Pick Name GP G A Pts 1/8 Ale…

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The Buffalo Sabres' record of recent success with their first-round draft picks should continue Friday night in Dallas when they take Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick. But where their development model has been flawed in recent years has been after Round 1. That's something General Manager Jason Botterill is bent on changing. He has to cha…

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On the same weekend he hopes will mark a big change for the fortunes of a franchise he's worked for since Day One of its existence, longtime Buffalo Sabres equipment manager Rip Simonick will be honored for all the years he's already put in with the Blue and Gold. Simonick is this year's Hall of Fame honoree of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society/Society o…

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In spite of widespread speculation that veteran winger Matt Moulson was a candidate, Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said Friday he doesn't expect the team to be involved in the NHL's buyout window, which runs until June 30. "I don't have any interest in doing buyouts here right now," Botterill told The News on Friday while declining to address specific players. …

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Now that the Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup, the NHL has announced the official order of selection for next weekend's draft in Dallas. The Sabres, of course, will have the No. 1 overall pick on Friday night, with the festivities beginning at 7:30 Eastern time on NBC Sports Network. Rounds 2-7 are Saturday starting at 11 a.m. on NHL Network. Here is the …

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The Sabres' seven-game preseason schedule is out, leaked through opposing teams and officially confirmed by the club on Friday. It features home-and-home sets with Pittsburgh and Toronto, two games with Columbus and a neutral-site game with the New York Islanders in Oshawa, Ontario. The Sabres will not play a game this year at Penn State's Pegula Ice Arena, after tak…