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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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On what he termed his "first official day in the office," new Sabres coach Ralph Krueger met with the media and touched on a variety of topics: On being in Buffalo: “I think to grow up in Winnipeg you know all about the history of the Buffalo Sabres. It's an organization that coming in the top 14 teams has left an amazing footprint as far as having personalities come th…

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Rasmus Dahlin has added another accomplishment to his remarkable rookie season with the Buffalo Sabres. Dahlin, who turned 19 years old earlier this month, was announced Saturday, along with Vancouver center Elias Pettersson and St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington, as a finalist for the Calder Trophy, which is awarded annually to the league's rookie of the year. The w…

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This is not how Rasmus Dahlin envisioned his rookie season ending. The 19-year-old defenseman, along with his Buffalo Sabres teammates, endured a miserable second half that stretched the team's playoff drought to eight seasons, longest in the NHL, and led to the firing of coach Phil Housley. Dahlin was solemn during locker cleanout Monday in KeyBank Center. He declin…

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DETROIT — Thomas Vanek was watching from his couch Thursday night and he had the same feeling for Jason Pominville that everyone in KeyBank Center did. Vanek is in a similar spot as Pominville, a mid-30s player pondering his future and balancing the thought of another year with the Detroit Red Wings with the needs of his family. So he was thrilled to see Pominville, his…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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Just as you would have expected after they drafted Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick last June, the Buffalo Sabres are going global. As in the NHL's Global Series. The league announced early Thursday morning that the Sabres will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in two regular-season games Nov. 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be Buffalo's first trip overseas sin…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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The preseason game was so long ago that Rasmus Dahlin cannot recall the opponent or the result, but the stern message delivered by teammates in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room has resonated with him ever since. "I was upset," the 18-year-old rookie defenseman recalled. "I didn't play well and wanted to make the team. They said, 'Hey, you can't do this after every game…

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TAMPA -- Perhaps there is no more maddening aspect to the Buffalo Sabres' season than the way they've played against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts are the NHL's best team by a mile, 17 points ahead of Calgary and on pace to threaten the all-time record of 132 points set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings. But they struggle every time they see Buffalo. The Sabres w…

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It's fairly well-known who Jack Eichel's top friends are around the NHL. They all have backgrounds from the Boston area or the U.S. National Development Team. Think names such as Calgary's Noah Hanifin and Johnny Gaudreau, Toronto's Auston Matthews and Detroit's Dylan Larkin. The one player Eichel has developed a tight bond with since his NHL career began – and whom he …

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is currently part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Travis was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. F…

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Casey Mittelstadt sat quietly at his spot in the home dressing room in KeyBank Center and looked over to his left, where a dozen reporters were gathered around Jack Eichel. Mittelstadt, a 20-year-old center for the Buffalo Sabres, had just left the ice following an exhaustive post-practice skate with his fellow rookie teammates – additional work to get young players acc…

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SAN JOSE – Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and winger Jeff Skinner each placed second in a category as the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced its midseason awards Thursday in conjunction with the start of All-Star Weekend. Dahlin finished second in the midseason balloting for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year to Vancouver's Elias Pett…

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As the Buffalo Sabres hit their bye week and the All-Star break, their season to date is in two distinct packages. It's clear they weren't nearly as good as their 17-6-2 record over the first 25 games suggested. And they can't possibly be as bad as their 7-12-4 mark over the next 23 games would indicate either, even though it's the worst record in the NHL since the dram…