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In the last couple of weeks, Sam Reinhart might have picked up a pair of new best friends in the NHL he probably never knew he would have. Elias Lindholm and Jason Zucker haven't meant much to Reinhart's career and have had no impact on the fortunes of the Buffalo Sabres in recent years. Until now. Reinhart, 23, is the Sabres' lone remaining unsigned restricted fr…

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And one remains. The Buffalo Sabres agreed to terms Monday with forward C.J. Smith on a one-year, two-way contract, meaning the organization has signed five of its six restricted free agents. The only one without a deal to this point is Sam Reinhart. General Manager Jason Botterill has said the team and Reinhart's agent are looking to agree on a multiyear deal and Bo…

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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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Jack and Sam are roommates. Jack and Sam rode a tandem bicycle together to the first day of training camp. Jack and Sam have gone horseback riding together. Now, Jack and Sam are up for "Best Bromance" in the NHL Fan Awards, to be given to the "teammates whose chemistry extends far beyond the rink." Fans can vote for all the awards here. Voting ends June 11, with the…

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TORONTO – When the Buffalo Sabres approached their marquee game of the season on New Year's Day, a dreaded word had begun accompanying Sam Reinhart. Bust. The No. 2 overall pick in 2014 was producing next to nothing. He had five goals, six assists and 11 points in 38 games. He was mired in a slump of no goals and one assist in 16 games. His performance matched the nu…

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Sam Reinhart's fondness for getting in a goalie's face was talked about again Tuesday. Namely, did he envision himself in that role as he prepared for his NHL career? "Probably not, to be honest," the Buffalo Sabres right winger said in KeyBank Center. Reinhart was a slick-passing, goal-scoring center before the NHL. Now he's most effective when planting himself at t…

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So now the calendar has moved into March, the final full month of a Buffalo Sabres season that was cooked by Thanksgiving. What's left to watch for? Actually, more than you might think. The standings are mostly irrelevant unless you're an outlier still thinking a last-place finish is all that meaningful for draft lottery purposes. Even if the Sabres finish last, thei…

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Frankly, the way Jack Eichel's injury was being portrayed Sunday was quite a bit better than you would have expected. Especially after seeing the gruesome manner in which his right leg caved in Saturday night in Boston. Linemate/roommate Sam Reinhart said Eichel felt better after his latest high ankle sprain than he did when he suffered the same injury on the opposite l…

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Bar down and in. Off the toe and out. Off the post and out. That's the trio of talking points everyone trudging out of KeyBank Center will ponder from the Sabres' 1-0 loss Saturday night to the St. Louis Blues, a taut thriller where inches made a world of difference. Bar Down: The Blues won the game on defenseman Carl Gunnarsson's goal with 5:41 left, a snapsho…

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The Buffalo Sabres are treading water, trying not to sink into the basement of the NHL standings. In the words of Vito Corleone: How did things ever get this far? Before the season, we polled a panel of NHL media figures around the league for their opinions on the team. Now, after the All-Star break, we revisited some of our panelists to get their take on the struggling…

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TAMPA -- Back in the fall, there were few experts locally or across North America who pegged the Buffalo Sabres as a playoff team. But virtually no one pegged them to fall off a cliff, either. After the disappointment of last year's 78-point campaign and the much-ballyhooed hirings of coach Phil Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill, the most common consensus was …

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NEW YORK – Sam Reinhart went through all of December without a goal. He opened January with one that jump-started the Buffalo Sabres. Given the drought and the stage, it was meaningful. "It was one of my better ones to see it go in in my life, for sure," Reinhart said after a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Rangers in the Winter Classic. The right winger had bee…

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NEWARK, N.J. – Zemgus Girgensons is the Buffalo Sabres' hottest scorer. All it took was a move to Jack Eichel's wing. The Sabres might need to play Eichel on every line. An inability to score continues to frustrate Buffalo. The Sabres played one of their more complete games of the season Wednesday against the New York Islanders, and their average goal output actually…

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With one assist in his last 12 games and his ice time cut to just over 11 minutes Tuesday against Boston, Sam Reinhart seemed more likely to be headed for the press box than Jack Eichel's wing. But coach Phil Housley said Thursday he's liked what he's seen from Reinhart of late and that it's time to give him a chance with the Sabres' top creative playmaker. So Reinhart …

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In a span of 13 hours, Sam Reinhart went from the doghouse to the penthouse. The Buffalo Sabres forward skated just 11:05 during Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Boston. He was barely on the ice during the third period while posting his second-lowest ice time of the year, topping just the 9:09 on Dec. 5 in Colorado. When the Sabres practiced Wednesday morning, Reinhart was on t…