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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season.ROCHESTER – Instead of building on a strong rookie season and working his name into the mix for a recall, Sabres prospect Sean Malone has spent the last seven months battling injuries. Malone, of course, is frust…

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TAMPA — The quest to find a right winger for Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel continued here Thursday night and it was a familiar face for Eichel. Evan Rodrigues, who played on the same line as the Buffalo captain during the 2014-15 season at Boston University, got the call for the Sabres' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rodrigues entered Thursday's game with eight…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – On Friday, Sabres prospect C.J. Smith heard center Yanni Gourde signed a six-year contract extension worth nearly $31 million and felt inspired. Gourde, 26, played 396 minor league contests, includ…

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The Buffalo Sabres upped the fun quotient at the end of practice Tuesday in HarborCenter, but it also seemed that coach Phil Housley was sending a message of what might be looming in a game sooner or later. Housley decided to practice 3-on-3 simulations, and the starting unit in Gold would seem to be coming to an overtime near you. Jack Eichel at center. Jeff Skinner…

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Sabres prospect Sean Malone practiced with the Rochester Americans on Thursday for the first time since suffering a knee injury during an NHL exhibition game and could make his season debut next week, coach Chris Taylor said. “He looked great,” Taylor said. “Obviously, it’s great to have him back out there. It was awesome, he looks ready. He’s put a lot of hard work in.…

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Injuries have hit the Buffalo Sabres early in the preseason. Sean Malone took a hit to the knee in the second period of Monday night's win against Columbus and hobbled off the ice. He is listed as out for six weeks. Malone is expected to be a major contributor in his second season in Rochester. Conor Sheary, acquired in the offseason from Pittsburgh, is listed as …

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Your calendar says August and so does mine, but things have been humming at HarborCenter for a few weeks now. In the eyes of players wearing Blue and Gold, hockey season has already started. It's been nearly five months since the Buffalo Sabres have played a game, so there's been plenty of time for self-reflection. The Sabres used to straggle back for some pickup hockey…

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Forward Sean Malone has accepted his qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres, signing a one-year, two-way deal that would pay $787,500 at the NHL level. He made $70,000 last year in the AHL. Malone, the West Seneca native and Nichols product who played collegiately at Harvard, was second among Rochester Amerks rookies last year with 12 goals and finished with 22 points…

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The Buffalo Sabres finalized their opening night roster Tuesday and, as expected, their most unlikely choice at forward is free-agent signee Seth Griffith. Griffith, who split time last year between Toronto, Florida and the minors, saw time on the top line in the third period of Friday's preseason finale against the New York Islanders. He was back with Jack Eichel and E…

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As the NHL's 5 p.m. deadline to finalize the opening night roster approaches, the Sabres have assigned Alexander Nylander and Sean Malone to Rochester. Neither player participated in training camp, as Malone reported injured and Nylander was hurt in the first game of the team's Prospects Challenge. Nylander, in particular, lost out at a chance to make the club out of ca…

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Ryan O'Reilly knows the Sabres' captaincy is available. While he says it would be an honor to wear the "C," he's not going to campaign for it. As usual, his words suggest he's a top candidate. The Sabres struggled with communication last season, and O'Reilly is determined to change that. "Leadership is a big part, hold everyone accountable, myself being accountabl…

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There are teams interested in Brian Gionta. He just needs to decide whether he's interested in them. The unrestricted free agent skated Thursday in Buffalo, staying in shape as NHL training camps rapidly approach. The former Sabres captain has had multiple teams express interest, but he continues to weigh his options. "Gio has not made any final decision on his futur…