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DENVER – Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo sent a clear message to General Manager Jason Botterill after Sunday's win over Winnipeg and it certainly seemed to resonate at Monday's NHL trade deadline. Following the 2-1 win over the Jets that got the Sabres within six points of the final playoff slot in the Atlantic Division with 20 games to go, the veteran said he hoped …

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Kyle Okposo signed a seven-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres only 13 months after the franchise drafted Jack Eichel second overall. Okposo, a 31-year-old winger, has since experienced three non-playoff seasons, arguably none worse for the Sabres than their historic-second half collapse in 2018-19. In March 2017, Okposo suffered a concussion that led to him being hos…

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While the Buffalo Sabres are clinging to longshot hopes of getting deep into the playoff race, there will be plenty of individual milestones to simultaneously play for. One was crossed Sunday night as veteran winger Kyle Okposo notched the 500th point of his career with a third-period goal that put the Sabres into a two-goal lead en route to a 5-2 win over Toronto. "…

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The Buffalo Sabres could be getting big reinforcements on the wing for Thursday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets as Victor Olofsson and Kyle Okposo both practiced on their lines Wednesday in KeyBank Center. Olofsson, who has been out since Jan. 2 with a high-ankle sprain, returned to the ice Saturday. Okposo, who suffered an upper-body injury during the Jan. 30 …

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The injury-ravaged Buffalo Sabres are expected to receive reinforcements up front as early as this week. Winger Kyle Okposo skated with the Sabres on Tuesday morning ahead of their matchup against the Detroit Red Wings in KeyBank Center. Though Okposo is still a "few games away," according to coach Ralph Krueger, it's an important step in the 31-year-old's rehab from an…

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An upper-body injury will keep winger Kyle Okposo out of the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for "a while," coach Ralph Krueger told reporters Saturday morning in KeyBank Center. Okposo left for the trainers' room after playing only 3:47 in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Though Krueger is awaiting a thorough diagnosis, he told reporte…

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The Sabres will likely be without another forward when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in KeyBank Arena on Saturday afternoon. Winger Kyle Okposo is not expected to play Saturday against Columbus after sustaining an upper-body injury in the first period of a 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Okposo, 31, was unable to return to the game after play…

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When he was sidelined with a high ankle sprain for nearly two months at the start of the 2016-17 season, Jack Eichel drew plenty of inspiration from Kobe Bryant. A year earlier, Showtime released an 83-minute documentary entitled "Kobe Bryant's Muse" that took a deep dive into the career of the Los Angeles Lakers legend and paid particular emphasis to his 2013 rehab fro…

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PHILADELPHIA – In the 50th anniversary season of the franchise, you have to go back nearly 50 years before you find a Buffalo Sabres player who has registered a point in 18 consecutive games. Jack Eichel can join some pretty good company Thursday night. If Eichel gets a point in Buffalo's game against the Philadelphia Flyers in Wells Fargo Center, he will equal the c…

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VANCOUVER -- After missing 11 games with another concussion that again had him pondering his career, Kyle Okposo's return Saturday lasted nine seconds before he found himself in the penalty box. But the embarrassment of a neutral-zone tripping call soon went away as Okposo played well and even scored a goal in his return to the lineup, an uplifting sidelight from the 6-…

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Kyle Okposo did not need to hear a diagnosis to know something was wrong. He had become all too familiar with the symptoms of a concussion. The Buffalo Sabres forward knew his neck was an area of concern after he was hit in the head during an accidental collision with Ottawa Senators defenseman Ron Hainsey in KeyBank Center on Nov. 16. Okposo, who skated with the Sabres…

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The Buffalo Sabres' medical news is almost laughable in one sense, with the team losing a forward to injury for five consecutive games and likely to put a paper-thin lineup on the ice for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild in KeyBank Center. But things took a much darker tone Monday afternoon. The club announced veteran forward Kyle Okposo suffered another con…

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Hunting pucks. Ask Kyle Okposo what the Buffalo Sabres' grind line has been doing through the first four games and that's his answer. Along with center Johan Larsson and fellow winger Zemgus Girgensons, the group may not have any goals yet as a unit but is driving opponents crazy. Captain Jack Eichel mentioned the line's importance to Wednesday's overtime win over Mo…

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It's awfully interesting that the Florida Panthers turfed coach Bob Boughner on Sunday morning, clearly setting the stage for Joel Quenneville to head to the Sunshine State. Jason Botterill dumped Phil Housley two hours later and Botterill has to know among the numerous sticky issues the Sabres have going forward, the Atlantic Division is becoming a big one. Think ab…

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UNIONDALE — It happened again to St. Cloud State on Friday. Sabres defenseman Will Borgen lived the nightmare in person last year. It seemed all too familiar watching on TV this time. There will be no Frozen Four trip to Buffalo for the No. 1 seed in the NCAA hockey tournament after St. Cloud State was upset by American International, 2-1, in the NCAA West Region semifi…