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In a seven-paragraph message posted to Twitter Friday night, former Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly thanked the Sabres organization and the City of Buffalo for the treatment he received during his three seasons with the team. Wrote O'Reilly in part: "When I was traded here I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away by how much this city has to offer and all of the amazi…

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Ryan O'Reilly is thrilled with his new start but said his goodbyes to Buffalo Monday by acknowledging he's leaving some unfinished business behind. The Sabres didn't make the playoffs in any of O'Reilly's three seasons and he was sent to St. Louis on Sunday night wondering what could have been here. "It's frustrating, not what you want," O'Reilly said Monday on a con…

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So no matter what he might think of them as players, it's fairly obvious what Jason Botterill thinks of Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly as locker room influences. The Sabres' general manager has been bent on improving the culture of his club, and moving out former GM Tim Murray's prime trade acquisitions has clearly been one talking point. Kane had to go…

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The Sabres traded Ryan O'Reilly to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night for two draft picks and three players. After the deal was made, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong called O'Reilly to welcome him to the organization. While Armstrong offered congratulations on O'Reilly's wedding and asked about honeymoon plans, O'Reilly also expressed his desire to be in St. Lo…

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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired veteran winger Vladimir Sobotka from the St. Louis Blues as part of the package of players acquired for Ryan O'Reilly. Here are five things about Sobotka, who turns 31 on Monday: 1. He was drafted in 2005, but did not immediately come to the NHL The Czech winger was selected in fourth round of the 2005 draft but did not make his NH…

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The NHL's goaltending carousel is already spinning and numerous reports say it's going to land the Buffalo Sabres' way. When free agency starts Sunday at noon, the Sabres are expected to have their starting goalie when they sign St. Louis Blues backup Carter Hutton. It's expected to be a three-year deal, pegged by NHL sources in the neighborhood of $10 million to $11 mi…

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Evander Kane has to rate as one of the most complex personalities to ever walk through the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room. But his time here was clearly over. Having watched his first two games with the San Jose Sharks, you're blown away by what he could mean to a good team, especially what he could bring to a playoff run. This corner has so many thoughts on Kane that th…

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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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Defenseman Carl Gunnarsson snapped a scoreless tie on a quick snap shot with 5:41 left Saturday night to give the St. Louis Blues a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres before 18,777 in KeyBank Center. Paul Stastny posted a clean faceoff win over Ryan O'Reilly back to Gunnarsson at the left point and his shot clanked off the crossbar and dropped in the net behind Robin L…

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The New York Islanders will be in KeyBank Center to finish the Sabres' homestand Thursday night and their lone visit of the season comes as they are building one of the most fascinating storylines going in the NHL right now. The Isles entered Saturday in last place in the Metropolitan Division -- but just one point out of a wild-card slot. They announced on Monday they'…

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Get ready for some heavy hockey. That's what you can expect Saturday night in KeyBank Center as the St. Louis Blues hit town to meet the Buffalo Sabres. The Blues are 31-19-3 and third in the rugged Central Division,  just four points back of first-place Winnipeg and two behind defending Western Conference champion Nashville. This is St. Louis' annual fathers' trip and …

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ST. LOUIS – Overtime in the snow went fine Sunday back home in Orchard Park. Out here in the Midwest, overtime on ice didn't have the same kind of happy ending. There are so many ways you can twist the last 25 minutes in Scottrade Center. The Buffalo Sabres were in a 2-0 hole through two periods and doing nothing against the St. Louis Blues. Then Evan Rodrigues scored t…

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ST. LOUIS — The Buffalo Sabres fell behind in the first minute Sunday night and not much happened after that for the first 40 minutes. But the continued strong work of goaltender Robin Lehner and some big offense from Evan Rodrigues got them even. Rodrigues scored a pair of third-period goals, including the tying tally with 1:27 left and Lehner on the bench, but Vladimi…

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ST. LOUIS — The Buffalo Sabres have secured three of the first four points on their Central Division road trip. Even with the disappointment of Friday's overtime loss in Chicago, a win or even a point Sunday night in Scottrade Center over the St. Louis Blues would make for an ultra-successful trip. The game is a 6 p.m. local start, meaning 7 p.m. Eastern on MSG and WGR …

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HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- The St. Louis Blues rolled to another big victory Saturday but might be without one of their big weapons when they meet the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night in Scottrade Center. Winger Jaden Schwartz, who has 35 points in the team's first 30 games, was helped from the ice during the first period of Saturday's 6-1 win in Detroit after taking a shot to the fo…