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It might not happen out of training camp, but Jean-Sebastien Dea is a good bet to play with the Sabres this season. And when he's not in Buffalo, the 25-year old figures to be one of the main cogs at center for the Rochester Amerks. If the Sabres want an upgrade of speed and skill to their bottom six forwards, Dea could be an answer. Particularly if he makes an impact i…

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A lot of big names will be in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup when they open the preseason against Pittsburgh tonight at 7 at Pegula Ice Arena on the campus of Penn State. Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner and Rasmus Dahlin are all scheduled to play in Ralph Krueger's first exhibition game as Buffalo coach. Another interesting debut will be that of No. 1 draft pick Dylan Cozens, who…

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The Buffalo Sabres are six practices over three days into the Ralph Krueger era and now they quickly transition to a different portion of their preseason with one main question: How does all this work translate to real game action? The answers will come fast and furious this week with four games in the next six nights. The Sabres open Monday at Pegula Ice Arena on the c…

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Candidate for one of the busiest summers among the Buffalo Sabres? Jake McCabe is high on the list. "Got married, had a lot of other weddings to go to and signed a contract, so it was a pretty good summer," the defenseman cracked Saturday afternoon after practice in KeyBank Center. McCabe and his wife, Gaby, were married in Madison, Wisc., where they both went to col…

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Colin Miller's hockey career took a couple of major jolts earlier this year. So when he spoke on a conference call to the Buffalo media in July after the Sabres acquired him from the Vegas Golden Knights, it was more than understandable to hear a voice that was a tad downcast at the other end of the line. Vegas, of course, went to the Stanley Cup final in its amazing…

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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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Training camps with a set roster are boring. Of course, those are usually the ones for good teams. Training camps such as the one the Buffalo Sabres are about to embark upon are wildly interesting. A team that hasn't made the playoffs for eight consecutive seasons needs to have open competition for jobs and bringing in a new coach will add to that process. Ralph Krue…

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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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He hasn't seen players on the ice in a group setting since development camp in June but Randy Sexton's long summer is about to end. The Buffalo Sabres start at least 32 straight weeks of hockey when their prospects convene this week in Harborcenter and the club's assistant general manager says it's a time that's circled on his calendar. "Probably other than playoffs,…

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The Buffalo Sabres have announced they will open training camp Sept. 12 as veterans report to KeyBank Center for testing, physicals and media interviews. On-ice sessions open Sept. 13. In their first camp under coach Ralph Krueger, the bulk of the team's work will be held in the downtown arena but much of that will be closed to the public. The three public sessions are …

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The Buffalo Sabres are heading into the final week of training camp and in the wake of Saturday's visit by the Toronto Maple Leafs to KeyBank Center, there are only three preseason games left. None of those are at home. When the Sabres hit the ice again downtown, it will be for real as they stage the Oct. 4 season opener against the Boston Bruins. There is plenty of …

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Two groups of Buffalo Sabres have combined to endure seven hours of often-grueling practices the last two days, so the team will be getting a change of pace on Day Three. The team will be holding its lone scrimmage of training camp at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The activity on KeyBank Rink is free and open to the public. "I just want to see some competitive fire. I want to s…

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The Buffalo Sabres continue training camp Saturday. Follow our team's live coverage: https://buffalonews.com/2018/09/14/with-big-expectations-swirling-dahlin-starts-small-at-opening-of-camp/ https://twitter.com/TBNSports/lists/sabres-coverage

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Coach Phil Housley promised a much tougher training camp and he delivered Friday as two groups of Buffalo Sabres combined to spend more than three grueling hours on the ice at HarborCenter. The drills came rapid-fire and the pace was fast, with Housley's voice barking orders that echoed throughout both rinks. Afterward, the second-year coach said he was thrilled to see …

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Rasmus Dahlin said it with a straight face Friday at HarborCenter after skating on his first day of training camp with the Buffalo Sabres: His goal is to make the team. Humble, noble thought by the 18-year-old. The rest of the world, of course, is far more presumptuous and has Dahlin mapped out to be the savior of the franchise. Reminded that all those draft magazine…