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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 – After spending his entire career in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, Taylor Leier has quickly acclimated to the Americans and his new surroundings. On the ice, Leier has scored nine goals and 16 …

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Longtime Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.ROCHESTER – It took Remi Elie a few outings to find a groove and generate confidence after the Sabres recently assigned the seldom-used winger to the Americans. Elie, 23, hadn’t earned regular action since…

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Justin Bailey needed only 10 games away from Rochester to earn another call to the NHL. Bailey, a 23-year-old Williamsville native traded by the Buffalo Sabres last month, was recalled by the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday morning. The former second-round draft pick had five goals among seven points in 10 games for Lehigh Valley, the Flyers' AHL affiliate. Bailey join…

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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 – As much as Americans newcomer Taylor Leier enjoyed sticking with the Philadelphia Flyers for a full season, he only played in 39 games last season. After earning regular action early, Leier, 24, m…

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VANCOUVER — Justin Bailey's tenure with his hometown Buffalo Sabres came to an end late Thursday night when the former second-round draft pick was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Bailey, a Williamsville native drafted by the Sabres in 2013, was dealt for Taylor Leier, a 24-year-old forward with two goals in 55 career NHL games. Leier had 10 goals among 19 points in 3…

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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 – Goalie Jonas Johansson figured he could earn a recall to the Americans this season. The Sabres' prospect had already played 14 AHL games, including some big matchups down the stretch in March and …

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Longtime Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. On a team featuring some of the American Hockey League’s leading scorers, high-priced veterans and a slew of talented youngsters, winger Wayne Simpson has quietly carved out an important role for the Roc…

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Not long after the Sabres waived Justin Bailey last month and assigned him to the Rochester Americans, Daniel Briere called to offer him some words of encouragement. Briere knows Bailey, a Williamsville native, from his days starring for the Sabres. Before he morphed into an elite NHL scorer, Briere experienced what Bailey recently went through when the Phoenix Coyotes …

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The Sabres have signed restricted free agent forwards Danny O'Regan, Nick Baptsite and Justin Bailey to two-way contracts for the 2018-19 season, the team announced Sunday. O'Regan's deal has an average annual value of $874,125. Baptiste's has an average annual value of $787,500 and Bailey's has an AAV of $715,000. O'Regan was acquired by the Sabres at the trade dead…

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Only three home games remain for the Buffalo Sabres, starting with Friday's visit by Montreal. Here are Five Things to Know as the Sabres hope to impress the folks in KeyBank Center. 1. It's Friday night Friday was historically the Sabres' big home date. This will be only the seventh (and final) Friday home game. The Sabres haven't hosted a Friday night game since…

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The Buffalo Sabres' three-headed goalie is no big deal to Robin Lehner. He's lived it before and understands what the club is doing with prospect Linus Ullmark, even though it will likely cost Lehner ice time over the season's final weeks. "I got into the league the same way. Almost every goalie that gets into the league does it this way," Lehner said prior to the game …

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Whenever Nick Baptiste, Justin Bailey and Evan Rodrigues would crowd around the TV in Rochester and watch NHL games, this was the kind of day they envisioned. They'd be on the ice together for the Buffalo Sabres, joining forces to take it to an established team like the Chicago Blackhawks. And they took it to them Saturday. Put together as linemates during the third per…

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This is not the season Justin Bailey expected. It makes days like Saturday a little sweeter. The right winger has totaled just 35 games because of ankle and thumb injuries. He went 21 games without a goal in Rochester. It added up to just one stint with Buffalo. Things are finally looking up. Bailey put up four goals and five points in five games with the Amerks. It …

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This is not the season Justin Bailey expected. The right winger has totaled just 34 games because of ankle and thumb injuries. He went 21 games without a goal in Rochester. It added up to just one stint with Buffalo. Things are finally looking up. Bailey put up four goals and five points in five games with the Amerks. It prompted the Sabres to recall him Friday, and …

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Jack Eichel raised his arms to celebrate a goal. Then he did it again. And again. He and the Buffalo Sabres couldn't celebrate at the end, however. Eichel recorded his first career hat trick Friday night, and it was the first one by the Sabres in KeyBank Center since 2011. Despite the individual dominance, the Sabres suffered a 5-4 overtime loss to Carolina. Eiche…