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SAN JOSE — Evander Kane said here Wednesday that he's looking forward to playing against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night in SAP Center. At least, what's left of the Sabres that he knows. In the nearly eight months since Kane was told to find the way to San Jose at the NHL trade deadline, his old team has undergone an extreme makeover. And it's been widely noticed h…

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LAS VEGAS — Zach Bogosian got a restart to his season and his career Tuesday night. The Buffalo defenseman played his first regular-season NHL game in more than nine months as the Sabres met the Vegas Golden Knights in T-Mobile Arena. Bogosian played only 18 games last season, none after Jan. 9, before finally having surgery on his hip in February. Bogosian proclaime…

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So we're just over a week into the season and because it's only October, there's no need for any massive overreactions. Logic dicates that's true. But the season's first month is nonetheless a time to start drawing some conclusions and watching for trends. Remember the caveat we presented in our Sabres preview section through the math of Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman: S…

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Members of the Buffalo Sabres offered their support to former teammate Robin Lehner on Thursday after the ex-Buffalo goaltender revealed why his season ended prematurely last spring. In a chilling first-person story written for the Athletic New York, Lehner said he was diagnosed "bipolar 1 with manic phases" and then spent seven weeks at The Meadows, a suburban Phoenix …

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Evander Kane found a seamless fit after his trade from the Sabres to San Jose, and the Sharks rewarded him with a seven-year, $49-million contract extension last month – which provides the Sabres with a 2019 first-round draft pick. Writing for the Players' Tribune in a story released Friday, Kane said the welcome he received in the locker room and from fans about town m…

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Evander Kane has a home. The Buffalo Sabres have a first-round pick. The San Jose Sharks signed Kane to a seven-year, $49 million contract Thursday, officially giving a first-round pick to the Sabres as a condition of their February trade. The Sharks said the 2019 pick is lottery protected, so if they miss the playoffs next season, the first-round selection can slide to…

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The Buffalo Sabres have the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL Draft. They're reportedly getting another first-round selection next year. The San Jose Sharks and Evander Kane have agreed to a contract extension, according to Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet. The reporter, who is based in Kane's hometown of Vancouver, says the deal is expected to be in the range of seven years and …

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Jason Botterill didn’t get to ease into his first year as Buffalo Sabres general manager. He hired a coach, locked up the franchise player, drafted a future cornerstone and won a lottery. The only place where things were boring was on the ice. Botterill, who is celebrating one year on the job Friday, will need to improve the hockey during his second year. While he pl…

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Evander Kane has been asked about his contract status and free agency since the beginning of the season. "I’m going to take some time to maybe not think about it," Kane told reporters Tuesday in San Jose as the Sharks cleaned out their lockers. Once the pending unrestricted free agent puts his thinking cap back on, the Sharks will be interested in talking with him. …

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Evander Kane is feeling the sting of a playoff elimination and multiple injuries. Vegas continued its unprecedented run Sunday night, beating Kane and San Jose, 3-0, to win their second-round series in six games. The expansion Golden Knights will play either Nashville or Winnipeg in the Western Conference final. Kane had a rough series against Vegas. The former Buffa…

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Tim Murray landed Jack Eichel, made several moves that have proven dubious and got shown the door last April. His brother in tankitude out in Edmonton got Connor McDavid – the real tank prize in 2015 – and also made some terrible moves after reeling in his draft catch. Somehow, Peter Chiarelli survives and Oilers coach Todd McLellan is the one left twisting in the wind.…

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The ballot arrived Thursday via e-mail. It has to be returned before the first puck drops Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup playoffs. This corner has had a vote for the major NHL awards each season since 2007-08 but there has never been a dilemma like the one we see with this year's Hart Trophy balloting. You're supposed to vote for your top five. It's pretty easy to c…

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The place to take the scene all in Thursday night was the highest point of KeyBank Center. This corner is a big fan of the view from the press box, from where it's very easy to watch plays develop on the ice and equally cool to scan the stands. What we saw during this game was stunning. I've been going to Sabres-Leafs games since the 1970s in the Aud and there is no que…

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Former Sabres winger Evander Kane had a career game for the San Jose Sharks in Friday's 7-4 win in Calgary, pouring in four goals in posting his first career hat trick. Kane had one goal in the first period,  two in the second and got No. 4 just 62 seconds into the third period. Kane has 25 goals on the season, counting his time in the Sabres. He has five goals and five…

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Danny O'Regan might make his Sabres debut Thursday night in Ottawa and the forward acquired last week from San Jose knows he's not going to slip into the Buffalo lineup unnoticed. Especially after being the lone current player acquired for Evander Kane, Buffalo's top rental at the deadline. "I try not to put that pressure on myself but I know because I'm part of the Eva…