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From Luke Adam to Dainius Zubrus up front and from Tom Barrasso to Adam Wilcox in the net, exactly 500 players have suited up for the Buffalo Sabres in the regular season and playoffs since they were born in 1970. There have been 449 skaters and 51 goalies wearing the Blue and Gold – and the Black and Red. Winger Victor Olofsson became No. 500 when he made his NHL debut…

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The first five days of training camp are over. Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger and his coaching staff planned to spend Wednesday analyzing their first two preseason games. The film session provided them with a better idea of how they can better prepare the players to properly execute in all three zones. As important, the preseason games were Krueger's first opportuni…

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This is what labor peace looks like in the NHL: No fears of a lockout and a defined schedule to frame negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement. The NHL and NHL Players' Association agree they have issues with the current CBA that they would like rectified, but the spirit of collaboration continues. On the deadline for its decision a couple of weeks ago, the le…

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The hype around Rasmus Dahlin heading into the 2018 draft was massive. And as the Buffalo Sabres and their fans saw last season, there wasn't a shred of hyperbole. Dahlin played all 82 games, a feat he was particularly proud of, and put together one of the finest seasons in NHL history for an 18-year-old defenseman after the Sabres made him the No. 1 overall pick in Jun…

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CHICAGO — Before you think about this season, there's plenty of relevance in probing how the last one ended for Jack Eichel. And that's not a reference to the Buffalo Sabres' miserable finish or the firing of Phil Housley. Eichel went to the World Championships in Slovakia, where he first met new coach Ralph Krueger to get started on building the player-coach relationsh…

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CHICAGO — It remains to be seen if apparently disgruntled defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is a problem for the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room when training camp opens next week. Captain Jack Eichel is like most everybody else: He has no idea what's going to happen. "I think everyone is expecting him to show up, right? He's under contract. But I can't really comment on that…

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Jack Eichel has been nothing but consistent in the NHL Network's annual rankings of the top centers in the league. Eichel, the Sabres' captain, was No. 15 when the list was revealed Sunday. Eichel also was ranked No. 15 last season and was No. 14 in 2017. "He's only getting better, and as his team gets better, in large part because he will continue to get better, the…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News. Follow Yost on Twitter…

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The Buffalo Sabres have to learn how to walk before they can run. The public proclamations come training camp in September are expected to revolve around climbing into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but a serious reality check is needed. The Sabres still have lots of work to do with their roster, including the major decision of keeping defensive workhors…

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Jeff Skinner says Buffalo and the Sabres "checked all those boxes" that he was seeking, which is why he decided to sign an eight-year contract to remain with the team. In a first-person essay posted on the team website, Skinner says, "I wanted to be in a place where I believed the team would be competitive. It's a long commitment, so being comfortable in the community w…

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The signing of Jeff Skinner to an eight-year contract with an average annual value of $9 million means the Sabres have $19 million going to Skinner and Jack Eichel. With the salary cap at $83 million, those two salaries represent 22.9 percent of the cap. That is sixth in the league for salary cap space for a team's top two players, according to numbers compiled via capf…

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Jeff Skinner agreed to an eight-year, $72 million contract to remain with the Sabres. The contract has the second-largest overall value in franchise history behind only Jack Eichel's eight-year, $80 million deal. Here are the top six cap hits: Player Signed Terms Cap hit Jack Eichel 2017 8 years, $80 million $10M Jeff Skinner 2019 8 years, $7…

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On what he termed his "first official day in the office," new Sabres coach Ralph Krueger met with the media and touched on a variety of topics: On being in Buffalo: “I think to grow up in Winnipeg you know all about the history of the Buffalo Sabres. It's an organization that coming in the top 14 teams has left an amazing footprint as far as having personalities come th…

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Jack Eichel's offseason has officially begun. The Buffalo Sabres' 22-year-old center and the United States were eliminated from the IIHF World Championship with a 4-3 quarterfinal loss to Russia on Thursday in Bratislava, Slovakia. Meanwhile, Sam Reinhart and Team Canada beat Switzerland, 3-2, in overtime on a goal by Vegas winger Mark Stone in Kosice. Eichel did not…

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Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel notched two assists Monday as Team USA won its second straight game at the IIHF World Championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Finland at Kosice, Slovakia. The Americans won the game as Detroit's Dylan Larkin scored on a snapshot with 1:13 left in OT. Team USA lost its opener to host Slovakia, 4-1, before rebounding with a 7-1 vict…