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Sam Reinhart's hot hand has earned him a promotion. Reinhart got a chance to play with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner in the third period Saturday and the trio produced two late goals that got the Sabres even in their eventual 4-3 shootout win over Vancouver. The line practiced together Monday in HarborCenter and will get the call in Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay in Ke…

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TORONTO – Martin Brodeur got his Hockey Hall of Fame ring Friday and will earn his formal induction Monday night. Great moment for him and his family, certainly one that was fully expected. The longtime New Jersey goaltender would like to see it repeated someday for a former Stanley Cup-winning teammate who continues to be one of the more notable omissions from the Hall. …

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TORONTO — Gary Bettman isn't getting booed this weekend. Or at least if he does, the folks doing the catcalling will be in on the joke. Friday began a run of four days when Bettman will be celebrated. Imagine that. The NHL commissioner took charge in 1993 and 25 years later, he has earned induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And what emotion will that spark from h…

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TORONTO -- Alexander Yakushev was standing in the corner of the Esso Great Hall of the Hockey Hall of Fame Friday with his interpreter. There were crowds nearby around Gary Bettman, Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis. Yakushev, still a massive man at age 71, was with a couple of Soviet reporters when The Buffalo News chimed in. "Buffalo!" Yakushev said, breaking into a…

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Yes, Sunday is about free agency. The Sabres almost certainly will add Carter Hutton to be their starting goalie and keep looking for help on the wing, but the real story will be if we get any verdict on Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres paid O'Reilly's $7.5 million signing bonus at midnight as the clock struck July 1. Now we see what that means in terms of a potential deal. …

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On the same weekend he hopes will mark a big change for the fortunes of a franchise he's worked for since Day One of its existence, longtime Buffalo Sabres equipment manager Rip Simonick will be honored for all the years he's already put in with the Blue and Gold. Simonick is this year's Hall of Fame honoree of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society/Society o…

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TORONTO -- Marcus Foligno told Minnesota beat writers last month he's quickly learned the difference between the Sabres and the Wild, and reiterated it last week during a visit in Air Canada Centre. "We have to be emotionally involved. There's nothing but winning here," Foligno told The Buffalo News. "Anything less than that is failure. That's not to discredit anything …

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From his youth days in Hamilton to his teenage days as an NHLer in Buffalo and as a 40-year-old hoisting the Stanley Cup, a career in hockey quickly flashed through the mind of Dave Andreychuk Monday night in Toronto. As his father openly wept in the audience at Brookfield Place, the 22-year NHL veteran accepted his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in a speech hig…

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TORONTO -- At the start of his Hall of Fame weekend, Dave Andreychuk spent plenty of time Friday afternoon thinking about where his NHL odyssey started. Memorial Auditorium is just a hole in the ground these days but it was the site where yet another Hall of Fame career was born. Andreychuk was taken by the Sabres at No. 16 in the 1982 draft, 10 spots after current c…

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Come Monday night, two of the Buffalo Sabres' trio of first-round draft picks from 1982 will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. One is current head coach Phil Housley, who became an honored member in 2015. The other is Dave Andreychuk, who will accept induction during this year's annual ceremony in Toronto. Housley's reaction: "Well, Scotty must have known something…

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Toronto and Buffalo have met once before on our 100 Things journey. One unruly night at KeyBank Center, we explored the friendly but raucous rivalry between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now, we explore Toronto itself. It's a funny place, Toronto. Going there, you know you're in a foreign country. The people don't look like us. Their houses don't lo…