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Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly finished in second place Wednesday night in balloting for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Vegas center William Karlsson won the honor at the NHL Awards Show held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. O'Reilly had 24 goals, 37 assists and just one minor penalty last season for the Sabres while also setti…

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Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly could bring home the Lady Byng Trophy for the second time in his career Wednesday night. O'Reilly is one of three finalists for the trophy, awarded to the NHL's most gentlemanly player who also shows a high standard of ability. Florida center Aleksander Barkov and Vegas center William Karlsson are the other finalists. The annual NHL Award…

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Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill says he's comfortable enough with the way the NHL Draft is set up for his team from the amateur side that he's spending most of his energy these days on the pro side of things. Translation: The phone isn't leaving his ear much with trade talk. And much of it is centered around Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres aren't shopping O'Reilly o…

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LAS VEGAS — For all the talk at the Stanley Cup final you heard about the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Barry Trotz and Marc-Andre Fleury, there was a player with a building buzz as the calendar crept into June and he had not played in an NHL game in more than two months. The name? Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres center's locker cleanout day chat with reporters that resonated ar…

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So why do teams, fans and media spend all season fretting about the quest for home-ice advantage in the playoffs? So far this spring, it's proving to mean very little. Road teams are 40-35 in the postseason this year heading into Saturday night's Tampa Bay-Washington showdown in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final at Tampa's Amalie Arena. That includes a 19-13 mark s…

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Ryan O'Reilly is again taking the blame for the Sabres' lost season. He also says he wants to stay in Buffalo and help fix things. O'Reilly, who headlined locker-cleanout day by saying he'd become OK with losing and lost his love of the game, sat down with TSN at the World Championship in Denmark to discuss the season. "Everything I said, yeah, I was being honest," O…

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Steve Greeley has apparently decided Buffalo is finer than Carolina. The Hurricanes interviewed the Sabres assistant general manager twice for their vacant GM job, but Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is reporting the courtship is over. The sides couldn't come to a contract agreement. Greeley joined the Sabres in June along with fellow assistant GM Randy Sexton. The 37…

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SYRACUSE – Ryan O'Reilly has one Lady Byng Trophy to his name. He has a chance for another. The Buffalo Sabres forward is one of three finalists to win the Lady Byng, awarded to the NHL's most gentlemanly player who also shows a high standard of ability. O'Reilly was announced Friday night along with Florida center Aleksander Barkov and Vegas center William Karlsson. …

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Smiles have been lacking in Saskatchewan since the Humboldt hockey team's tragic bus accident. Ryan O'Reilly brought a few Tuesday. The Buffalo Sabres forward joined Edmonton captain Connor McDavid for a tour of area schools and the Broncos' arena, then headed 70 miles west to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to visit injured players in the hospital. Sixteen people died when th…

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Ryan O'Reilly is a good hockey player. Everything else is up for debate. Is he a quitter who packed it in when the going got tough? Or is he a guy who simply got sucked into the vortex of losing known as the Buffalo Sabres? Is he in it for the paychecks? Or does O'Reilly really want to lead a franchise? Does he sincerely want to stay in Buffalo? Or is he orchestra…

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Buffalo Sabres backup goalie Chad Johnson, an unrestricted free agent, said he's interested in returning to Buffalo but has to be shown the team is willing to make changes. "I know I can be a good goalie in this league and I showed that when things were the way they should be," Johnson said at locker cleanout day Monday. "I have to see the change, whether it's through p…

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Losing has made Ryan O'Reilly a shell of what he used to be and a fraction of what he was supposed to be. Acquired in 2015 to help lead the Buffalo Sabres out of the basement, O'Reilly has instead joined them there. He's found he was OK with that. "We're stuck in this mindset of just being OK with losing," O'Reilly said Monday. "I feel it, too. I think it's really cr…

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Phil Housley knows Nashville is ready for a good time. At the very least, the Buffalo Sabres are in for a memorable experience. The merging of a great team, enthusiastic fans and a party atmosphere has made Nashville's arena one of the places to be in the NHL. That's especially true on weekends, as Buffalo will learn when it visits the Predators on Saturday night. "I…

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Whatever classes Casey Mittelstadt took at the University of Minnesota, none could prepare him for a crash course in Buffalo Sabres 101. Ryan O'Reilly admitted the Sabres are the worst team in the NHL. Jack Eichel was frustrated by Buffalo's never-ending tendency to slack off. Robin Lehner left with an injury. The Sabres watched an early 2-0 lead go up in flames in a 6-…

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NEW YORK – As a seventh lost season nears its merciful end and a roster overhaul beckons, the search for the holy grail continues. Accountability is harder to find than a playoff spot. The Buffalo Sabres continue to look for locker-room leaders, the guys who refuse to lose and insist others adopt the same attitude. It's a mindset needed not only from game to game, bu…