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ROCHESTER – With Friday’s game tied at 2 in the third period, Rochester Americans winger Tage Thompson grabbed a pass from Scott Wilson at center ice and zoomed past a helpless defender into the Binghamton Devils zone. “I had a couple of good chances earlier in the game from shooting and felt one was bound to go in if I kept testing him,” the Buffalo Sabres prospect sai…

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STOCKHOLM – Hockey Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom stopped by the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room Friday morning to meet the teen dubbed "the next Nicklas Lidstrom." Lidstrom, the Detroit Red Wings legend widely regarded as the best defenseman ever to come out of Sweden, chatted in Swedish with Sabres prodigy Rasmus Dahlin for a few minutes after the team's morning skate p…

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STOCKHOLM – Lawrence Pilut was having a routine breakfast with his teammates from the Rochester Amerks over the weekend when he suddenly got the call from the Buffalo Sabres. And it was no ordinary call-up. Pilut was told to head to Buffalo to make the plane for his homeland of Sweden and the Sabres' trip to the NHL Global Series. Pilut has spent the year in the AHL aft…

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The Sabres have assigned goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester, a positive sign in his recovery from hip surgery. Luukkonen, 20, underwent surgery in April and was given a six-month estimated timeline for recovery. He spent much of the offseason in Buffalo, where he worked with Sabres goalie development coach Seamus Kotyk and Dennis Miller, the team's head of reh…

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Former Sabre Nathan Gerbe had the lone shootout goal as Cleveland defeated Rochester, 4-3, Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena. Rochester had maintained a 3-2 lead through the second period before Stefan Matteau tied the game with less than six minutes to play on his second score of the night. Dalton Smith, Jean-Sebastien Dea and Scott Wilson each scored for the Ame…

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The Florida Panthers played a super third period here Friday night, salvaging a point in what became a shootout loss to the Sabres. They were pedestrian before that and are clearly a work in progress under new coach Joel Quenneville. Fired 11 months ago in Chicago after a spectacular run that included three Stanley Cups, Quenneville brings instant credibility to a Flori…

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ROCHESTER – Among the 25 red, white and blue jerseys on the ice for Americans practices over the past week, defenseman Lawrence Pilut has been easy to spot. Just look for the only orange sweater. Five months after the Sabres prospect injured his left shoulder and underwent surgery, he has started skating with his teammates in a non-contact role. While Pilut hasn’t…

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One of the key players over LECOM Harborcenter's first six years is getting a big promotion into the Sabres front office. Clarence native Kevyn Adams, a Stanley Cup champion in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes, has been named the Sabres' senior vice president of business administration. Adams had been serving as general manager of Harborcenter since January, partly in …

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The Buffalo Sabres continue to have major question marks at center, so No. 1 draft pick Dylan Cozens is going to get an even longer look in training camp. The Sabres announced Sunday they have trimmed 15 players from the roster in their initial cuts of coach Ralph Krueger's first camp – but the 18-year-old Cozens remains on the team. The Sabres have assigned forward Art…

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The Sabres signed the first of their seven restricted free agents Tuesday, reaching agreement on a two-year, $1.4 million contract with winger C.J. Smith. Smith, 24, had 28 goals and 30 assists last season in Rochester, ranking second on the team in goals and points and third in assists. He led the Amerks with a plus-26 rating. Signed as a college free agent in 2017 …

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, is writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER — After earning his first regular NHL duty last season, a confident Nick Baptiste signed a new contract and expected he would stay in the Sabres organization. Not only did Baptiste, 23, play a career-hig…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Buffalo Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.Sabres prospect Casey Fitzgerald said he never considered free agency. After finishing his career at Boston College last month, Fitzgerald, 22, could have waited until August and hit the open market inste…

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I just don't get it. Now, it's clear you can say that about a whole bunch of things when it comes to the Sabres these days. In this case, we'll stick to the club's player development theories. Injuries have largely necessitated some overdue callups from Rochester, so the Sabres' lineup now includes Victor Olofsson, Alexander Nylander, Will Borgen and Lawrence Pilut. …

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ROCHESTER – Early in Tage Thompson’s first American Hockey League appearance in more than a year, the newcomer looked determined to make an immediate impact. Instead of simply clearing the puck during a kill, the Americans newcomer sent it sailing 130 feet down the ice and over the glass, earning a delay of game penalty. The Laval Rocket tied the game during the ensu…

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Now that his season is over with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League, the Sabres have reassigned 2018 fourth-round pick Matej Pekar to the Rochester Amerks. But that doesn't necessarily mean Pekar is going to see any action the rest of the season or in the Calder Cup playoffs. Pekar has not played for Barrie since Jan. 10 due to a broken collarbone and the trip to Ro…