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The Buffalo Sabres have announced they have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year, entry-level contract that will begin with the 2018-19 season. The signing was largely a formality, as the CBA mandates maximum values for entry-level deals. Dahlin is getting a max contract, with a cap hit of $925,000 ($832,500 in salary and $92,500 in signing bo…

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Martin Dahlin and his wife, Asa, never really talked about this at home with their son, Rasmus. But for some time, the Dahlin family knew they would be sitting here, in a hockey rink someplace in North America, watching Rasmus play. That someplace became Buffalo late last month, when the Sabres used the first overall pick in the National Hockey League entry draft to sel…

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So if it seems like it's been a whirlwind to follow the Buffalo Sabres for the last month, that's because it has been. The Scouting Combine hit Buffalo and gave us our first introduction to Rasmus Dahlin. We followed him to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final – the first NHL game the 18-year-old had ever seen live. Then came the worldwide coverage of draft week in Dallas, a…

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Yes, Sunday is about free agency. The Sabres almost certainly will add Carter Hutton to be their starting goalie and keep looking for help on the wing, but the real story will be if we get any verdict on Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres paid O'Reilly's $7.5 million signing bonus at midnight as the clock struck July 1. Now we see what that means in terms of a potential deal. …

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Matej Pekar says he "loves, loves, loves" to be the annoying guy on the ice, and it showed throughout Sabres development camp. The fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft was all over Casey Mittelstadt and Brett Murray Saturday, a day after he was the one getting nailed by a clean check from Rasmus Dahlin. Pekar says Boston's Brad Marchand, who became infamous for lickin…

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Casey Mittelstadt's shootout goal gave Team Martin a 3-2 victory over Team Perreault Saturday in the championship game of the Sabres' French Connection Tournament that wrapped up development camp. But the 1,800 fans that packed HarborCenter were there mostly to watch Rasmus Dahlin. The No. 1 overall pick hit the crossbar on the first shift of his first game and didn't s…

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Practices for Sabres development camp wrapped up Friday morning with another near-capacity crowd on hand in HarborCenter and most were in the house to again watch No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. Most of these workouts are pretty mundane, simple skating and stickhandling drills. Things got much more interesting during a 3-on-3 drill played in the neutral zone. Dahlin d…

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Don't be surprised if you hear ABBA echoing from the Buffalo Sabres' locker room at development camp. Ten of the 42 prospects at HarborCenter this week are from Sweden, including this year's first-overall pick Rasmus Dahlin. That's without counting Mattias Samuelsson, who grew up in the U.S. while his Swedish-born father Kjell played in the NHL. "You can almost talk …

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We've spent weeks hearing what scouts and draftniks have to say about Rasmus Dahlin. Wednesday afternoon, after we saw Dahlin in the flesh on the ice for the first time, it was good fortune to be able to ask a longtime teammate. Winger Victor Olofsson, the Sabres' seventh-round pick in 2014, has played alongside Dahlin for the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Hockey Leag…

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"The Rasmus Dahlin Show" was a big hit in Western New York. I'm referring to the 30-minute time period dealing with Dahlin becoming the first pick of the National Hockey League draft by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. The 30-minutes before, during and after the Dahlin pick was the highest-rated period of the coverage by cable's NBCSN hire. The program had a 5.…

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The roster is out for the Buffalo Sabres development camp this week in HarborCenter and, as expected, it's a star-studded list. All seven players drafted in the first or second round over the last three years will attend the camp. That group is headlined by No. 1 overall pick Rasmus Dahlin, who officially joined the organization Friday night in Dallas. Joining Dahlin…

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Rasmus Dahlin will become the 21st player in Sabres history to wear sweater No. 26. The team announced that will be his number this season as it wrapped up his official introduction Monday in KeyBank Center. The most recent 26 is veteran winger Matt Moulson, who is still technically on the Buffalo roster after spending most of last season on loan with the Ontario Rei…

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Ramus Dahlin walked to his seat in the KeyBank Center atrium Monday morning wearing a blue Sabres polo. After a 13-minute chat with Buffalo reporters, his first with the Western New York media since the NHL Draft, he was handed his new sweater with No. 26 on the back and beamed as he put it on. In between, the 18-year-old expected to lift the franchise out of the doldru…

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Rasmus Dahlin will wear No. 26 for the Buffalo Sabres. The jersey reveal was part of Monday morning's introductory news conference for the No. 1 overall NHL Draft pick. He wore No. 26 with the Frölunda Indians in the Swedish league. No. 26 was freed up last season when the Sabres assigned Matt Moulson to the Ontario Reign. "I'll take what I get. I'm pretty excited…

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DALLAS – Although there was certainly some celebration involved, the meals spent in Big D were working ones for the Buffalo Sabres. That's because there was simply no time to bask in a franchise-changing weekend that saw them land Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick of the NHL Draft. There's too much coming on the NHL calendar in rapid-fire fashion, and there was …