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What happened on Elias Lindholm's overtime goal for Calgary that beat the Sabres, 3-2, on Wednesday night at KeyBank Center? Rasmus Ristolainen was caught on the ice for the entire 77 seconds of overtime and pondered a change one time but couldn't leave. He then made a futile chase for the puck behind the net but Lindholm got in front and curled it past Linus Ullmark fo…

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Through five decades of hockey, the Buffalo Sabres have always had plenty of success against the Toronto Maple Leafs. From the Aud to Maple Leaf Gardens and now from KeyBank Center to Scotiabank Arena, wins and goals have been plentiful. And so has the byplay in the stands. The Sabres once scored 11 goals in a game in Toronto in 1975 and battered the Leafs, 14-4, in an …

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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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STOCKHOLM – There were probably a lot of unique stories in the crowd again Saturday as the Buffalo Sabres had the eyes of the hockey world upon them during their NHL Global Series game against Tampa Bay. But up in Section B19 of Ericsson Globe, Nicolas Dantinne and girlfriend Jessica Miclotte from Namur, Belgium, had a good tale to tell. It was Dantinne's first Sabre…

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Rasmus Ristolainen placed his right hand against the wall opposite his stall inside the Honda Center dressing room and did not hesitate when asked what the Buffalo Sabres' 5-0-1 start to the season means to him. "Great," the 24-year-old defenseman said with a slight smirk Tuesday afternoon. "Everyone wants to win, especially guys who have been here lon…

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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 chatter continues to swirl around Rasmus Ristolainen. But with injuries on defense making it less likely the Buffalo Sabres would trade him before the start of the season, the veteran is back in games getting ready for his seventh season. And there was no toe-dipping for Ristolainen, as he was in the thick of action in his preseason debut Saturday against the Toront…

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So the Buffalo Sabres are taking the ice Friday for the first time in training camp and, lo and behold, Rasmus Ristolainen is going to be among them. Would not have given you a nickel to make that bet in April. After a summer of workouts back home in Finland – and one infamous television interview where Uncle Google Translate made it pretty clear he wanted out of here –…

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Rasmus Ristolainen's mood was not somber when he walked into the KeyBank Center media room on the first official day of Buffalo Sabres training camp. The 24-year-old defenseman smiled, cracked a joke about the media eagerly waiting to speak to him and expressed excitement for his seventh training camp with the team. His demeanor was in stark contrast to what one would e…

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The countdown is on to Ralph Krueger's first training camp as an NHL head coach. The Buffalo Sabres' new bench boss, remember, has been a head man for only one year in the league but that 2013 season with the Edmonton Oilers was the lockout season. There was essentially no training camp during the chaotic January, just a couple of practices to get ready for the opening gam…

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It's like captain Jack Eichel said last week in Chicago: Rasmus Ristolainen is under contract, so he'll be at training camp unless the Buffalo Sabres decide otherwise. Ristolainen, who told a reporter in Finland last month he would prefer to move on after six years with the Sabres, was scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Monday night and would likely take part in informal…

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CHICAGO — It remains to be seen if apparently disgruntled defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen is a problem for the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room when training camp opens next week. Captain Jack Eichel is like most everybody else: He has no idea what's going to happen. "I think everyone is expecting him to show up, right? He's under contract. But I can't really comment on that…

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It's normally quiet in the NHL in August. Many GMs are at their Canadian cottages and so are the media types north of the border who specialize in transactional rumors. But the sense around the game is an avalanche of news is coming. What makes this summer unusual is the cadre of restricted free agents who remain unsigned and are looking for big money out of their entry…

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Hockey season is upon us. The Buffalo Sabres will host their prospects challenge beginning Sept. 6, and training camp will open the following week. Finally, after months of speculation, we'll learn more about how the Sabres will play under new coach Ralph Krueger. Though style of play could be evident early in camp, several questions will linger until the season opener,…

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No matter what Rasmus Ristolainen may have said last week in Finland, the party line from the Buffalo Sabres is they're currently planning to have the veteran defenseman on their team for the start of training camp next month. Speaking last week to Finnish outlet MTV Sports, Ristolainen implied it might be better for him to get traded by the Sabres rather than to stay i…