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No decade in Buffalo Sabres history had such wild swings of emotion as the 2000s. When former owner Tom Golisano and a couple of dozen ex-players gathered in town this week, they were largely celebrating the near misses of the Stanley Cup runs in 2006 and 2007. How long ago they seem. The Sabres currently own the longest playoff drought in the NHL, dating to 2011, an…

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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Chris Drury has been named general manager of Team USA for next month's World Championships, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. The International Ice Hockey Federation event runs May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia. Drury is the assistant general manager of the New York Rangers and general manager of their AHL affiliate, the Hartfo…

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DALLAS -- The Carolina Hurricanes took Harvard-bound center Jack Drury with the sixth pick in the second round Saturday. You should know the name. Drury is the son of former Harvard star and longtime NHLer Ted Drury. He's the nephew of former Sabres co-captain Chris Drury, now the assistant general manager of the New York Rangers. The Chicago native had 24 goals and …

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The opening of NHL free agency this weekend marks 10 years since the Sabres let co-captains Danny Briere and Chris Drury get away, gutting the heart of the Sabres' Presidents' Trophy-winning, post-lockout teams. Here is a look back at News covers and stories from that week. July 1 As free agency opened, Tim Graham's story noted that Briere and Drury were thought to b…

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The Buffalo Sabres had co-captain Chris Drury locked up for four more years. Then they drove him away with their inaction. Drury and the Sabres agreed on terms of a new contract last fall, but the team suddenly went silent and never formally presented the offer. The co-captain, after weeks of uncertainty, had his agent withdraw the deal and started thinking about a new …

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One day after the Buffalo Sabres lost co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, fans weren't the only ones trying to cope. Former teammates were coming to grips with the departures, too. Drury and Briere led the Sabres to the Presidents' Trophy last season and a second straight trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Now the Sabres must move forward without two of th…

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In case you hadn't heard, Joe Thornton signed a three-year contract extension worth $21.6 million with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. The former Hart Trophy winner had one year remaining on his contract, but the Sharks didn't want to risk the possibility of losing their best player. It made such good sense that the Calgary Flames decided to follow suit. They're working …

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The Buffalo Sabres lost them both. Black Sunday will go down as one of the most demoralizing days in franchise history. Gone in the span of about five hours were co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. The popular centers signed contracts to play elsewhere, leaving the Sabres with a vestige of their very soul. Briere accepted a whopping eight-year, $52 million dea…

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Daniel Briere and Chris Drury could have new uniforms this afternoon. By most accounts, they might as well be considered former Buffalo Sabres co-captains already. The free agency market opens for business at noon today. Of the dozens of players up for grabs, Briere and Drury are among the five or six most coveted. They shouldn't remain unattached for long. "There…