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Growing up in Montreal as a Canadiens fan, John Gilmour didn't automatically gravitate to the team's defensemen. He was a fan of captain Saku Koivu flying up and down the middle of the ice. Gilmour wasn't playing center Tuesday night in KeyBank Center, but he got a rare chance at forward for the first time as a professional. The injury-riddled Buffalo Sabres put him in …

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has learned to treasure even the slightest distractions since he underwent double-hip surgery in April. There were dinners with Seamus Kotyk, the Sabres' goaltender development coach, in Buffalo during the early stages of physical rehabilitation; spending two summer months in Finland; joining the Rochester Americans for structured practices last mon…

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Lawrence Pilut will get his chance to go home. The Sabres recalled the Swedish defenseman Sunday from Rochester before the team left for the NHL Global Series in Stockholm and placed defenseman Marco Scandella on injured reserve. Scandella suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 24 and is expected to miss two to three weeks. Pilut, a native of Tingsryd, Sweden, had a goal …

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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen sat in his hotel room Saturday frantically piecing together his game-day routine. Luukkonen typically has every stretch and workout planned to the exact minute. However, on the morning of his first start in almost seven months, the Buffalo Sabres' goalie prospect awoke with no recollection of the regimen that helped him win gold for…

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ROCHESTER – Sabres prospect Rasmus Asplund practiced with the Rochester Americans on Monday after an upper-body injury sidelined him one game. “He was feeling good, so we’re looking forward to having him back,” interim Amerks coach Gord Dineen said. Asplund, 21, was killing a penalty and crouched down when the puck hit him about 2:15 into Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss t…

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The Sabres have assigned goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen to Rochester, a positive sign in his recovery from hip surgery. Luukkonen, 20, underwent surgery in April and was given a six-month estimated timeline for recovery. He spent much of the offseason in Buffalo, where he worked with Sabres goalie development coach Seamus Kotyk and Dennis Miller, the team's head of reh…

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The hip surgery that prevented Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen from competing in the Prospects Challenge will also keep him out for the duration of training camp this month, assistant general manager Randy Sexton told The Buffalo News. Luukkonen, 20, underwent surgery in April and was given a six-month estimated timeline for recovery. He has spent mu…

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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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Sabres No. 1 draft pick Dylan Cozens appeared to be a long shot to be around come September after having surgery to repair the thumb he injured during the team's 3-on-3 tournament that closed development camp in June. Not so fast. Even though his recovery time was listed as two to three months, Cozens has been back on the ice at Harborcenter and isn't ruling out the Pro…

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Reminder: This isn't the NFL. The NHL Scouting Combine is far more about long-term projection than instant success. Of the more than 100 players who took their exercise paces and bike rides Saturday in Harborcenter, only presumptive No. 1 pick Jack Hughes is a sure bet to be in the NHL next season. Kaapo Kakko, the likely No. 2 pick who skipped the proceedings, will …

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen played through a hip injury during a historic season in which he won gold at the World Junior Championship and became the first European goalie to earn the Ontario Hockey League's top individual award. Luukkonen, a 20-year-old Buffalo Sabres prospect, was announced Thursday as the recipient of the Red Tilson Trophy, which is given annually to the OH…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect, underwent hip surgery and his recovery could take up to six months, the team announced Thursday. Luukkonen, 20, joined the Rochester Americans on an amateur tryout ahead of their first-round series sweep at the hands of the Toronto Marlies and made his professional debut in the regular-season finale. Luuk…

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ROCHESTER – As the Rochester Americans skated through a special teams drill Wednesday morning in Blue Cross Arena, goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen sat on the bench and waited to be told when he should join the team on the ice. Meanwhile, in a hallway adjacent to the Amerks' dressing room, Jacob Bryson, a 21-year-old defenseman, was having his headshot taken and did not arri…

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Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, the Buffalo Sabres' top goalie prospect who led Finland to Gold at the World Junior Championship, will join the Rochester Americans during their push for the Calder Cup. Sabres assistant general manager Randy Sexton announced Friday that Luukkonen will arrive on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season, though Luukkonen is unlikely to appe…

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More changes will be made to the Buffalo Sabres' roster this offseason. The only question is what sort of steps will General Manager Jason Botterill take to address their deficiencies. Entering Monday night's games, the Sabres had the second-fewest points (35) in the NHL since winning their 10th game in a row Nov. 27, scoring the fifth-fewest goals during that span. The…