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One simple headline in Tuesday's editions of Le Journal de Montreal says it all when it comes to Don Cherry. "Bon Debarras" screams the front-page banner over a picture of Cherry in the copy tweeted by Columbus Dispatch beat writer Brian Hedger, in town for Tuesday's Blue Jackets-Canadiens game in Bell Centre. Translation: Good riddance. That's where this corner s…

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Hall of Famer and former Sabres center Dale Hawerchuk has revealed that he's battling stomach cancer, the reason he took a leave of absence last month as the coach of the OHL's Barrie Colts. Hawerchuk's fight became a topic for Winnipeg and Calgary alumni at an NHL Legacy Luncheon Friday in advance of Saturday night's Heritage Classic game outdoors between the Flames an…

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The preseason view from here is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are finally going to figure it out come spring and have a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, in which they haven't won a single series since 2004. But what a long and winding road it figures to be. Implosion from within is always going to be a danger in media-crazy Toronto, where the Leafs have already e…

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TORONTO – As training camp narratives go, this one is getting pretty interesting. Dylan Cozens looks every bit the part of a first-round draft pick – and isn't remotely looking like an 18-year-old. In the Buffalo Sabres' otherwise nondescript 3-0 preseason loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Friday night in Scotiabank Arena, Cozens put up a strong showing in his first game …

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It's normally quiet in the NHL in August. Many GMs are at their Canadian cottages and so are the media types north of the border who specialize in transactional rumors. But the sense around the game is an avalanche of news is coming. What makes this summer unusual is the cadre of restricted free agents who remain unsigned and are looking for big money out of their entry…

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Tampa Bay and Montreal swung big and missed. Florida reeled in one big fish and lost another. Toronto did an extreme makeover. The Buffalo Sabres were one of several teams to play it cool. The Atlantic Division was top-heavy last season, with Tampa Bay, Boston and Toronto all hitting 100 points, Montreal at 96 and no one else over 90.  The top of the division still look…

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Jack Eichel has played in multiple international competitions for Team USA and had some solid moments this year at the World Championships in Slovakia before the Americans lost, 4-3, to Russia in Thursday's quarterfinals. Team USA went 5-3 and Eichel had two goals and eight points in the eight games. Fair enough. A good showing. But from the Sabres' perspective, the mos…

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MONTREAL -- You could feel the tension all around the Toronto Maple Leafs when they arrived in KeyBank Center on Wednesday. And don't think it went away just because of their dominance over the playing-out-the-string Sabres either. Denials aside, there is something bubbling between coach Mike Babcock and General Manager Kyle Dubas. Babcock tried to lessen it when speaki…

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When Carter Hutton skated to the bench after the first period Tuesday night, six of his Buffalo Sabres teammates were waiting to thank him. Hutton, the team's 33-year-old goalie, had just stopped all 19 shots he faced in the first 20 minutes. Following the second period, Hutton slammed the shaft of his stick against the dasher board in front of the Sabres' bench. In the…

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Driving down Washington Street to The News building 90 minutes before faceoff, I saw 26 fans in Leafs jerseys between Sahlen Field and Harborcenter before I saw a Sabres jersey. And that one was a Marcus Foligno No. 82, not even someone on the current team. It set the stage for another one of those crazy frenetic nights with the Leafs in the building. Of course, it was …

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Brandon Montour looked around the crease with an expression of disbelief. The Buffalo Sabres' defenseman did not understand how he could have tight coverage on Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, only to see the puck in the back of his net. Montour would learn moments later that a centering pass went off Matthews' skate and over the goal line to tie the score, a…

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Jason Pominville beamed and spoke passionately about the Buffalo Sabres' rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs, describing the excitement leading up to each game and the energy from the crowd, especially in KeyBank Center. However, Pominville wasn't on the ice for the 219th regular-season meeting between the two teams. Pominville, the 36-year-old winger who has faced …

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There was real live noise in KeyBank Center Sunday when you couldn't have expected it. Fans responded to the Buffalo Sabres' physical play and their 4-3 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues. We know there will be noise tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs – and their legion of fans – hit town. But the Sabres want to find the same kind of style to help them get through …

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For the second time in their careers, it will be Nylander vs. Nylander on Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. This time, the brothers on opposite sides of the Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry are coming into the game on good rolls. Alexander Nylander has made clear progress in his four-game recall with the Sabres and posted his first career multipoint game in t…

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The Buffalo Sabres have a chance to get rid of a pair of illnesses Wednesday night in KeyBank Center. They're sick of losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they're sick of not being able to win two games in a row for more than three months. A pair of ugly streaks are at play here when the teams meet in what figures to be yet another quasi Leafs home game, with th…