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The Buffalo Sabres have signed center Dylan Cozens, their No. 1 pick in last month's NHL Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Monday. Cozens, taken No. 7 overall at the draft in Vancouver, signed for the entry-level maximum cap hit of $925,000 per season, plus performance bonuses that could take the total of the deal to $5.325 million. As a…

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Dan Curtis is in the midst of his third term as the mayor of Whitehorse, the largest city in Canada's Yukon Territory. When he opened Monday's meeting of the city Council, his first key piece of business was left over from the weekend. It was time to offer public congratulations to Dylan Cozens. The Buffalo Sabres made Cozens the No. 7 overall pick of the NHL draft F…

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The Buffalo Sabres unveiled their first-round draft picks to the Western New York media Tuesday, with center Dylan Cozens and defenseman Ryan Johnson both thrilled to get tours of KeyBank Center, meet the team's support staff and get prepared for the start of development camp Wednesday in Harborcenter. "I'm excited for my first NHL camp," said Cozens, the Yukon native t…

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VANCOUVER – There are a lot of reasons the job of an NHL general manager is a tough one. Here's the latest one to add to the list: How do you know what kind of team to build these days? It sure seemed like the NHL was going back to a speed game when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Last year's Washington-Vegas Cup final certainly h…

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VANCOUVER – This was a four-hour show that needed to get done but it had nothing to do with the Buffalo Sabres' 2019-20 season. Now things start getting real. Sure, the Sabres added to their organizational goalie stockpile Saturday at the NHL Draft with 6-foot-6 Swede Erik Portillo. And it was funny to hear Jason Botterill talk about the "intel" they used to get the pic…

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VANCOUVER -- With their final selection of the NHL draft at No. 160 overall, the Sabres used the fifth pick of Round 6 to take Lukas Rousek, a left winger from Sparta in the Czech Republic. Rousek, the only one of Buffalo's Saturday's selections to attend the draft in Rogers Arena, is a 5-foot-11, 165-pounder who had 11 goals and 24 points while splitting 50 games betwe…

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VANCOUVER -- The Sabres didn't have a fifth-round pick after sending it to Detroit in 2017 to acquire winger Scott Wilson but reacquired one Saturday in Rogers Arena through another trade with the Red Wings. The Sabres sent picks 177 and 191 back to the Red Wings for No. 143 and then used that pick to select Swedish winger Filip Cederqvist of the Vaxjo Lakers. The 6-…

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VANCOUVER -- The Sabres moved up in Round 4 of the NHL Draft, sending picks Nos. 122 and 175 to the Vancouver Canucks to get pick No. 102. With that selection, the ninth pick of the round, the Sabres selected forward Aaron Huglen of Roseau (Minn.) High School. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Huglen had 17 goals and 52 points in 35 games last season for Roseau and added four go…

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VANCOUVER — There is the need and there is the best player available. When they intersect in the Top 10 of the NHL draft, you've done your job. The Buffalo Sabres had to feel super Friday night in Rogers Arena. They need centers in their organization in the worst way. There was a buffet of pivotmen to ponder with the No. 7 pick. Especially once Detroit threw the first r…

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Here are five things to know about the Sabres’ seventh-overall pick, Dylan Cozens: He’s the first player from the Yukon Territories to go in the first round. Cozens was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, where there were few youth hockey programs. Instead, he played with older players until he moved to Vancouver when he was 14 to play at a hockey academy. He was the 2018 Wes…

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VANCOUVER – The wait felt like several hours to Dylan Cozens. The 6-foot-3 center was unsure when his name would be called in the first round of the NHL draft in Vancouver. All he knew for certain was Friday night was more meaningful than the realization of his lifelong dream. When the Buffalo Sabres drafted Cozens seventh overall, he hugged his family, walked to the…

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VANCOUVER — The first two games of the Buffalo Sabres' 2019-20 schedule — and the Ralph Krueger era — were unveiled Friday afternoon and the team will be opening its season on the road on Thursday, Oct. 3 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in PPG Paints Arena. The home opener will be Saturday, Oct. 5 against the New Jersey Devils in KeyBank Center. Home openers for all 31 …

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VANCOUVER -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman unveiled sweeping changes of the league's video replay system here Thursday night, as the league's general managers clearly opted to close loopholes that crept up during this year's controversy-laden Stanley Cup Playoffs. Teams will continue to be able to challenge offsides and goalie interference but will now also be able to c…

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VANCOUVER — Welcome to another NHL Draft weekend, where dreams are made for 18-year-olds and teams set the stage for big deals. Our annual reminder is in place that this is not the NFL, where teams can reset their roster and get multiple starters out of one draft. In this NHL Draft, only presumptive Nos. 1-2 Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko are likely to play in the NHL this…

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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…