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LAS VEGAS – Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin was a unanimous choice on the annual NHL All-Rookie Team, announced late Wednesday night in conjunction with the NHL Awards Show. All three Calder Trophy finalists were unanimous picks by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, as Dahlin was joined by Vancouver center Elias Pettersson and St. Louis goalie Jordan Binningto…

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LAS VEGAS – It was just under 15 months ago when Robin Lehner had a panic attack during intermission of a Buffalo Sabres game in KeyBank Center, left the building before the final buzzer and finally admitted to his wife and the team that he needed help. Forget about the potential end of Lehner's hockey career, which was thrust into limbo when the Sabres walked away from…

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LAS VEGAS – Fellow Swede Elias Pettersson was the winner and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin finished in third place in balloting for the Calder Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year announced here Wednesday night. Pettersson's victory was a landslide as he finished with 1,650 points and got 151 of 171 first-place votes from members of the Professional Hockey Writers…

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LAS VEGAS – Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted for full transparency in balloting for the NHL Awards in 2018, with all votes for each award being publicly revealed after the conclusion of the ceremony. Here are the ballots of the two voting members of The Buffalo News Sports Department for the awards that were handed out Wednesday in Mandalay B…

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LAS VEGAS – Patrick Kane is a self-professed hockey nerd. The South Buffalo native watched the Stanley Cup playoffs closely as Central Division rival St. Louis capped its run from last place in the league in January to the summit in June. It's a lesson Kane said his Chicago Blackhawks and a lot of other teams can learn from. "You're just watching as a fan, not really ro…

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LAS VEGAS – There is no whirlwind spring and summer being a top draft prospect. Rasmus Dahlin is back in the gym – and back on the ice – taking the lessons he learned from his rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres to make some strides as a sophomore. And he's anxious to see how it's going to go under new coach Ralph Krueger. "I didn't even really know who he was but …

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Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly could bring home the Lady Byng Trophy for the second time in his career Wednesday night. O'Reilly is one of three finalists for the trophy, awarded to the NHL's most gentlemanly player who also shows a high standard of ability. Florida center Aleksander Barkov and Vegas center William Karlsson are the other finalists. The annual NHL Award…