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Once Andrew Poturalski grew a little bigger, the mini-stick games or table-tennis matches in the family’s basement in Williamsville developed a greater intensity. “We have battles … it’s just in our blood,” said his mother, Diane, a former softball player at Iowa and Erie Community College. Early on, like most parents, Diane would let Andrew win. But then she sensed …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – When Jason Botterill informed Cliff Pu that the Buffalo Sabres had traded him, the general manager’s message was short and a little vague. “He just said, ‘You got traded to the Carolina Hurricanes…

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Here is some of the early social media reaction from fans and media to the Sabres' acquisition of Jeff Skinner for Cliff Pu and three draft picks: https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/02/5-things-about-new-sabres-forward-jeff-skinner/ https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/02/sabres-acquire-jeff-skinner-from-carolina-hurricanes/

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Here are five things about new Sabres winger Jeff Skinner, acquired Wednesday night in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes. Quick start: After being selected seventh overall in 2010, Skinner scored 31 goals to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. He beat out an impressive group of Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Logan Couture for top rookie honors. He also m…

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Jeff Skinner had a no-trade clause in his contract. But as Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell looked to move the veteran forward, he knew a deal with the Buffalo Sabres might be able to work. "He was going to make the decision whether he goes or not," Waddell said in a conference call with reporters Thursday night. The decision, apparent…

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The Sabres think highly of Cliff Pu, so they've wasted little time signing him. Buffalo has signed the forward to a three-year, entry-level contract. He will make $742,500 during the first two seasons and $792,000 during the final year, according to a source. Pu is playing his fourth year of junior hockey and will turn pro next season. The contract won't start until …

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Cliff Pu laid a strong foundation. He'll build on it with another year of junior hockey. The Sabres sent Pu back to London of the Ontario Hockey League on Saturday morning. The 19-year-old is expected to again be the Knights' leader after pacing the team last season. He had 35 goals, 51 assists and 86 points in 63 games. Pu was the last junior player left in Buffalo'…

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Since 1989, the No. 32 has symbolized fighting prowess in Buffalo. Rob Ray wore it for 14 years. John Scott intimidated people for two seasons. The number is being worn during training camp by goaltender Adam Wilcox. Believe it or not, he's dropped the glove (and blocker) before. The fight would have done his No. 32 predecessors proud. While playing for Green Bay of …

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The new addition to the Sabres' dressing room won't score any goals. He won't give fiery pep talks. Actually, he won't do much of anything. But coach Phil Housley hopes the newcomer helps bring his team together. High on the wall of the dressing room, above the door that leads to the video area, is a giant stuffed buffalo head. It's visible from everywhere inside the…

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Junior players are always hopeful of appearing in a preseason game. More often than not, they skate around during practice and watch the professionals play in the exhibitions. Cliff Pu is an exception. An impressive showing in the Sabres' Prospects Challenge earned him another chance to put on a Buffalo jersey. He'll play in the preseason opener Monday night when Car…

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Because he has such a fun name to say, Cliff Pu has quickly earned a following in Buffalo. Whenever he's scored, earned an assist or blocked a shot during the Sabres' Prospects Challenge, the fans in HarborCenter have serenaded the center. "Puuuuuuuuuu!" The way he's progressing, it's a name fans could be saying for a while. Selected in the third round of the 2016…

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It started like so many home games from the past few years. The Sabres started slow, mishandled the puck and looked overmatched. Then they did one thing last season's Buffalo squad did well: They came back. The Sabres erased two deficits and took a third-period lead in the opening game of their Prospects Challenge. It wasn't enough to send fans in the packed HarborCe…

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. – At some point, nearly everyone at USA Hockey Arena has uttered some form of the phrase "it's summer hockey." It's an idiom used to describe the play that's not crisp or clean, that has plenty of mistakes to be cleaned and shaped up in the coming months. Execution aside, there was no "summer hockey" when it came to the intensity of the U.S.-Canada sh…