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Jeff Skinner's tenure with the Carolina Hurricanes ended last week when the eight-year veteran was traded to the Sabres. Skinner took to Twitter on Sunday night to thank the fans and the organization for his time there. "Thank you Carolina Hurricanes! I will cherish the many memories and friendships that I have formed over the past 8 years. I am grateful to have met …

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Jeff Skinner had the final say on if and where he'd get moved by the Carolina Hurricanes. With a full no-trade clause, the 26-year-old winger could veto any trade General Manager Don Waddell attempted. On Thursday, he elected to accept a move to the Buffalo Sabres, a team that finished in last place in 2017-18. Why? Skinner, who spoke to the Buffalo media on a confer…

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While Tampa Bay and Boston continue to battle on the ice, the Atlantic Division is undergoing sweeping change. It was by far the weakest division in hockey this season – with four of the NHL's bottom five teams – but may not stay that way much longer. The biggest impact, of course, came from the draft lottery as the Sabres earned the No. 1 pick while Montreal won the dr…

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There's no word yet on any sort of timetable for Jack Eichel's return to the Buffalo Sabres' lineup. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be on the verge of getting Auston Matthews back, but his return may not come when the teams meet Thursday in KeyBank Center. The Sabres are 6-6-2 without Eichel, who suffered a high ankle sprain Feb. 10 at Boston and has resum…

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The Carolina Hurricanes are in the market for a general manager after new owner Tom Dundon kicked Ron Francis into the role of president and announced a new GM would report directly to the owner's office. Their search has apparently taken them through Buffalo. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Monday that the Canes asked for permission to interview Steve Greeley, one of the S…

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The New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center to finish the Sabres' homestand Thursday night and their lone visit of the season comes as they are building one of the most fascinating storylines going in the NHL right now. The Isles entered Saturday in last place in the Metropolitan Division -- but just one point out of a wild-card slot. They announced on Monday they'…

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The Bills ended the longest postseason drought in American professional sports by making the playoffs for the first time since 1999, ending a span of 17 consecutive seasons without a playoff berth. Who owns the longest playoff drought now? No, it's not the Buffalo Sabres, although they're on the list. That sad title now belongs to the Seattle Mariners, who have gone …

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jack Eichel was calm, direct and to the point late Saturday night. No ranting and raving, no rolling of the eyes. Dare we say he was captain-like? In the wake of a dispiriting 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in PNC Arena, a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score might indicate, Eichel laid bare what had just transpired with a Buffalo Sabres t…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Two years, two straight season sweeps of the Buffalo Sabres by the Carolina Hurricanes. The Canes won their sixth straight game over the Sabres, sending Buffalo into the holiday break with a 4-2 loss Saturday in PNC Arena. The Sabres will sit on a 9-20-7 record for Christmas, as well as their last-place standing in the Eastern Conference. They are 0-5…

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Sabres' final pre-Christmas game is Saturday night in PNC Arena against the Carolina Hurricanes and it's the first of seven straight out of town for Buffalo. Note we can't say it's seven straight on the road because the Winter Classic Jan. 1 in Citi Field is considered a "home" game for the Sabres (wink-wink). Carolina is 4-1 in its last five games a…

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Closing out a busy stretch of six games in 11 nights, the Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m. tonight in KeyBank Center. The Sabres are 2-1-2 in their last five games, while the Canes are 1-2-2. Faceoff is shortly after 7 p.m. on MSG and WGR Radio 550. Here are five things to know ahead of the visit from the Canes: 1. In the nets: Robin Lehner is…