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EDMONTON – Josh Gorges had an inkling his NHL career was over when he and the Buffalo Sabres lost their regular-season finale in Sunrise, Fla., on April, 7, 2018. In an emotional postgame talk with reporters, Gorges said he and his wife had discussed it possibly being the end. The 34-year-old defenseman made it official Monday morning when he announced his retirement th…

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Buffalo Sabres backup goalie Chad Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, said he's interested in returning to Buffalo but has to be shown the team is willing to make changes. "I know I can be a good goalie in this league and I showed that when things were the way they should be," Johnson said at locker cleanout day Monday. "I have to see the change, whether it's through p…

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The scene deep within BB&T Center late Saturday night was one of those circle-of-life contrasts. On one side of the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room was rookie goaltender Adam Wilcox, smile as wide as the Everglades after stopping all 14 shots he faced in a relief role that marked his first NHL game. A few feet away at the end of room was veteran defen…

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Josh Gorges has played 779 NHL games, including 219 on the Sabres' defense over the last four years. There's a decent chance the 33-year-old is now inside the final 10 games of his career and it's questionable how much more he sees the ice this season. It's become an all-too-familiar ritual for Gorges, who is getting back into the lineup for the first time in nearly two…

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The way Linus Ullmark sees it, it's better to have the slump now. If a team has wire-to-wire success, it's just setting itself up for failure in the playoffs. Every team needs a regular-season hiccup. The Rochester Americans are having theirs. The Amerks have won just three of their last 15 games, falling to 25-13-14 after holding a 23-8-7 record Jan. 12. Rochester i…

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The countdown to Feb. 26 is on. Things have been awfully quiet in the NHL in recent days, save for the big Los Angeles-Ottawa trade that involved Dion Phaneuf and Marian Gaborik packing. That's all about to change as the NHL's trade deadline day approaches. The Sabres are expected to be a prominent seller, with the likes of Evander Kane, Benoit Pouliot, Robin Lehner and…

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PITTSBURGH – With staged fights between enforcers essentially a thing of the past, pugilistic battles typically come after a big hit. Many bemoan the fact that even clean checks result in fisticuffs. Josh Gorges isn't among the many. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman barreled through Montreal's Brendan Gallagher on Saturday, then had to answer for the legal blow by fight…

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The start of this NHL season has been a career reset for Josh Gorges. For eight straight years, including his first two with the Sabres, Gorges averaged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game. Then his total last year dropped to 18:27 per game as he began to slip down the Sabres' rotation. With Phil Housley's new speed style in place, Gorges began…

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SAN JOSE -- The Sabres' West Coast trip opens Thursday night in SAP Center against the San Jose Sharks with a 10:30 game on MSG and WGR Radio. Rick Jeanneret is on the trip and will have the play-by-play along with Rob Ray. The Sabres are 0-2-1 while the Sharks are 0-2 and trying to avoid going to 0-3 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. Here are Five Things …

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The most comfortable spot on the ice for Josh Gorges is the area within his own blue line. The 33-year-old veteran of more than 700 NHL games has built his hockey career by being a defensive defenseman. In his last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, Gorges has scored just three goals with 21 assists. But even a defensive defenseman is excited about the new style …