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The Rochester Amerks have unveiled the schedule for their 63rd season in the AHL, and it includes a game in KeyBank Center for their eighth straight year. Rochester will meet the Cleveland Monsters, the affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets,  in Buffalo at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. The game is one highlight of the Amerks 37th season in multiple stints as a Sabres…

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The Sabres have added a veteran to their existing coaching staff, hiring three-time Stanley Cup champion Steve Smith as an assistant coach two days after he resigned from a similar post with the Carolina Hurricanes. Smith, 55, has been an NHL assistant for nine years and spent four years with the Canes. While in Carolina, he was in charge of the team's defensemen and pe…

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When Jack Eichel Instagrammed the world on Friday he was changing his uniform number from 15 to 9 next season, that was a relatively rare move. Players often change numbers when they switch teams but it's not normally done by big names without a change of scenery. A couple of notable exceptions that jump to mind are Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles (switched from 8 to 24 in 2…

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The Buffalo Sabres have announced they have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year, entry-level contract that will begin with the 2018-19 season. The signing was largely a formality, as the CBA mandates maximum values for entry-level deals. Dahlin is getting a max contract, with a cap hit of $925,000 ($832,500 in salary and $92,500 in signing bo…

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The new season will be a new era for the Buffalo Sabres with Rasmus Dahlin in the fold. But Jack Eichel is going back to something tried and true. With Evander Kane now in San Jose, Eichel is going back to the uniform number from his days of youth and college hockey and switching from No. 15 to No. 9. “For a long time, the number nine has always been a part of my ide…

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So if it seems like it's been a whirlwind to follow the Buffalo Sabres for the last month, that's because it has been. The Scouting Combine hit Buffalo and gave us our first introduction to Rasmus Dahlin. We followed him to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final – the first NHL game the 18-year-old had ever seen live. Then came the worldwide coverage of draft week in Dallas, a…

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Jordan Nolan's stopover in Buffalo was for one season and he's now going to join a couple of ex-Sabres teammates in St. Louis. Less than four days after the blockbuster deal that sent Ryan O'Reilly from Buffalo to the Blues, Nolan has signed a one-year contract to return to the Western Conference. Nolan will play in St. Louis with O'Reilly and former Buffalo backup goal…

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Ryan O'Reilly is thrilled with his new start but said his goodbyes to Buffalo Monday by acknowledging he's leaving some unfinished business behind. The Sabres didn't make the playoffs in any of O'Reilly's three seasons and he was sent to St. Louis on Sunday night wondering what could have been here. "It's frustrating, not what you want," O'Reilly said Monday on a con…

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So no matter what he might think of them as players, it's fairly obvious what Jason Botterill thinks of Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly as locker room influences. The Sabres' general manager has been bent on improving the culture of his club, and moving out former GM Tim Murray's prime trade acquisitions has clearly been one talking point. Kane had to go…

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Tage Thompson can't even remember how many cities he's lived in over his 20 years. "I know my mom's tried to do the math," Thompson said. "That'd probably be a question for her." He moved around often growing up, following his father, Brent, as he pursued a career in the NHL and in coaching. Thompson had gone to nine schools by his junior year of high school. In the …

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It was a rumor you heard much of last season and it came to fruition Monday as former Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has returned to play in the KHL. Antipin has signed a three-year deal with his former team, Magnitogorsk Matallurg, after a difficult season in Buffalo. Antipin, 25, had played 266 games for that club and been a full-timer for five years (2012-17) befor…

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Five things to know about new Buffalo Sabres center Patrik Berglund, one of three players acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade: 1. He has three 20-goal seasons under his belt The most recent came two years ago, when he played in every Blues game and scored 23 times. The 30-year-old center was on a 20-goal pace last season but his campaign was …

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Five things to know about Tage Thompson, one of three players that the Buffalo Sabres acquired from the St. Louis Blues in the Ryan O'Reilly trade: 1. Last season was his first full year as a professional Thompson signed an entry-level deal with St. Louis last month after two seasons of college hockey at the University of Connecticut. The former first-round pick in 2…

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After a last-place season, General Manager Jason Botterill promised the Buffalo Sabres were going to get a shakeup. After several moves in recent days, Botterill delivered with a blockbuster Sunday night. Center Ryan O'Reilly, who signed what was the richest contract in team history just over three years ago, was traded to the St. Louis Blues for a large haul: A first-r…

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The job of retooling the Buffalo Sabres is far from over. But a major question mark was officially answered Sunday. Just as General Manager Jason Botterill promised, he solved the team's goaltending riddle by signing St. Louis' Carter Hutton to a three-year deal at a very reasonable cap hit of $2.75 million per season. Hutton, 32, is expected to be the No. 1 goalie and …