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EDINA, Minn. – Casey Nelson knows he has a big advantage on paper when it comes to earning a job with the Buffalo Sabres this season. He wants to make sure his play on the ice seals the deal. One of the big storylines of training camp will be which players can be sent to Rochester without waivers and which ones cannot. The Sabres can send down Brendan Guhle, their 21-ye…

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Just under two months from when he could have become an unrestricted free agent, defenseman Casey Nelson made it clear where he wanted to be. Nelson re-signed with the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, with the club announcing he has inked a two-year, $1.625 million deal. The cap hit will be $812,500. He had been a rare Group VI free agent, for players 25 or older who had…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Buffalo Sabres couldn't wait to see their new-look defense corps prior to the season. Due to a barrage of injuries and ineffective play, the pairings weren't as competent as anyone hoped. Coach Phil Housley feels he's found a solid one. Casey Nelson and Victor Antipin formed the Sabres' second pairing Friday night against Florida, the third straig…

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Jason Botterill isn't going to fix the Buffalo Sabres by Monday's trade deadline. The general manager is expected to make significant moves, of course, but there will still be holes everywhere in the organization. That actually could be a good thing as college free agency approaches. When NHL unrestricted free agents look for contracts, they weigh everything from dol…

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The special-teams units for the Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche combined for five goals Sunday night. Colorado did more at even strength, and that was the difference. Buffalo's modest two-game winning streak came to an end with a 5-4 loss in KeyBank Center. The Avs entered the third period with a slim 3-2 edge, but they scored twice in the opening seven minutes…

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John Tavares is one of the elite offensive players in the NHL, the type of guy who makes defensemen sweat and dig pucks out of their net. Nearly every time the New York Islanders captain jumped over the boards Thursday, the Sabres' Marco Scandella and Casey Nelson hit the ice, too. For Scandella, it's a regular occurrence to match up against the elite. It's new for Nels…

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The worst thing for young players – or any players, for that matter – is to think they've arrived. Now that Casey Nelson is on the Sabres' top defensive pair, he knows he's earned the trust of Buffalo's management and coaching staff. So what? "It's a good feeling, but I'm not satisfied," Nelson said Thursday. "I've just got to keep going forward." Nelson will skat…

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Casey Nelson will keep getting looks. The Buffalo Sabres have eight defensemen on the roster, and Nelson is keeping two NHL regulars on the sidelines. The rookie call-up from Rochester has impressed coach Phil Housley and will play his eighth straight game Saturday when the Sabres host the St. Louis Blues. "I really like the way Casey's playing," Housley said after p…

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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…