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RiverWorks Brewing Company opened two years ago in an almost impenetrable set of former grain silos on the Buffalo waterfront, so it only makes sense its brewers turned to the Buffalo Sabres best all-time goal stopper to help with their first canned beer. The brewers spent four hours Friday filling 7,000 cans of Dominator, a Czech Pilsner inspired by former Buffalo Sabr…

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Ralph Krueger insisted on his opening conference call with Buffalo reporters Wednesday that the 2019 Sabres are ahead of the Edmonton Oilers he coached in 2013, who were mired in the "rebuild phase completely." The Sabres, of course, have big-name talents Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin and Sam Reinhart, as well as the promise of many younger players on the NHL roster and in…

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When watching the Stanley Cup playoffs from his offseason home in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton noticed a common thread among teams still playing in mid-May. Defensive structure. The high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay did not reach the second round, while teams with less high-end skill used their discipline witho…

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The injury that prevented Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour from competing in the duration of the IIHF World Championship should not keep him off the ice for training camp this fall. The Sabres announced Thursday that Montour sustained a medial collateral ligament sprain during Canada's 6-5 win over Slovakia early this week and is expected to require six weeks t…

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Ralph Krueger did not intend to leave for the NHL when he spoke to Jason Botterill about the Buffalo Sabres' coaching vacancy in 2017. As chairman of English Premier League's Southampton F.C., Krueger was amidst his own managerial search and was not ready to walk away from a project that consumed his life since he was dismissed as coach of the Edmonton Oilers following …

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When Ralph Krueger sought to find out more about the Sabres and the City of Buffalo, he went undercover in a handful of bars during a visit late last month. The 59-year-old coach watched two Stanley Cup playoff games, switching venues at the conclusion of each period, and asked patrons about the team he could coach next season. The fact-finding mission revealed a passio…

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Ralph Krueger's first task as Buffalo Sabres coach will be to meet with Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart next week in Slovakia, where both players are competing at the IIHF World Championship. The more pressing conversation could be with Jeff Skinner, the Sabres' leading goal scorer who will become an unrestricted free agent if he is not signed to a contract extension befor…

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While texting this week with a Western Conference colleague about Buffalo Sabres coaching candidates, he stopped me in my tracks when he asked if I ever had seen the commercials for Dos Equis, the Mexican beer that featured "the most interesting man in the world." "I think that is Ralph Krueger," my friend said confidently. "Who else has been an NHL head coach, ran Sout…

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Ralph Krueger is not unfamiliar with the task he'll face upon beginning his job as coach of the Buffalo Sabres. The 59-year-old stepped into a similar situation seven years ago when he was promoted to coach the Edmonton Oilers. The team lacked a winning culture after six consecutive nonplayoff seasons, three of which yielded the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft. K…

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A five-week long exhaustive coaching search that began with the firing of Phil Housley has led Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill to a man with perhaps one of the most unique resumes in professional hockey. Ralph Krueger, a 59-year-old who previously coached the Edmonton Oilers and the Swiss National Team, was announced Wednesday morning as the 19th coach in…

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A lower-body injury prevented Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour from skating during the third period of Canada's 6-5 win over Slovakia on Monday and will keep him off the ice for the rest of the IIHF World Championship. Montour, whom the Sabres acquired on the eve of this season's trade deadline, was representing Canada for the first time at any tournament and w…

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When the search for Phil Housley's replacement as Buffalo Sabres coach began five weeks ago, General Manager Jason Botterill was expected to target candidates with extensive NHL experience. Botterill went a different route after all. Ralph Krueger, a 59-year-old who previously coached the Edmonton Oilers and the Swiss National Team, was announced Wednesday morning as…

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Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel notched two assists Monday as Team USA won its second straight game at the IIHF World Championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Finland at Kosice, Slovakia. The Americans won the game as Detroit's Dylan Larkin scored on a snapshot with 1:13 left in OT. Team USA lost its opener to host Slovakia, 4-1, before rebounding with a 7-1 vict…

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The Buffalo Sabres' depth on the blue line took another hit with Monday's announcement that Lawrence Pilut underwent successful shoulder surgery that will require five to six months for recovery. Pilut, 23, appeared in 33 games during two stints with the Sabres this season, recording one goal with five assists and a minus-8 rating. It is unclear if surgery is the result…

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Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Brandon Montour were on the wrong side of the two biggest upsets on the first day of the IIHF World Championship. Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres' 22-year-old captain, and the United States lost to Slovakia, 4-1, while Reinhart and Montour of Canada dropped their opening preliminary round game to Finland, 3-1, Friday at Steel Arena in Kosice, Sl…