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It was a rumor you heard much of last season and it came to fruition Monday as former Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has returned to play in the KHL. Antipin has signed a three-year deal with his former team, Magnitogorsk Matallurg, after a difficult season in Buffalo. Antipin, 25, had played 266 games for that club and been a full-timer for five years (2012-17) befor…

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The Sabres have finalized qualifying offers for restricted free agents and will be sending offers to six of their nine RFAs, General Manager Jason Botterill said Monday. The Sabres will not be extending offers to goaltender Robin Lehner, defenseman Victor Antipin and forward Scott Wilson -- but Botterill said the team is simply doing a paper move with Wilson to avoid sa…

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Victor Antipin said he wasn't scared when he woke up from the hit that ended his season. “Who, me scared? No. I didn’t remember what happened.” Antipin was one of three Sabres defensemen who finished the season on the shelf -- joined by Zach Bogosian and Jake McCabe. His year ended in the most dramatic fashion of the trio, as he took a hard hit from behind by Nashvil…

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TORONTO – Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley confirmed suspicions that defenseman Victor Antipin almost certainly will miss the last four games of the season with the injuries he suffered from a hit Saturday in Nashville from Predators forward Scott Hartnell. Speaking after the morning skate in advance of tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Housley was talkin…

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TORONTO – Victor Antipin's season is likely over. Scott Hartnell's continues uninterrupted and the Buffalo Sabres are thus very unhappy with the NHL's version of justice. The Sabres announced Sunday that Antipin is out indefinitely with a concussion, broken nose and dental issues suffered when he was plummeted into the boards from behind by Hartnell Saturday night in Na…

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has been diagnosed with a concussion and will be out indefinitely after taking a hard hit from behind Saturday night against Nashville and being stretchered off the ice. The Sabres announced Sunday that Antipin also suffered facial lacerations, a broken nose and dental injuries. He will travel with the team from Nashville on Sund…

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NASHVILLE -- Likely to the surprise of no one in the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room, Predators forward Scott Hartnell pleaded innocence late Saturday night over the hit that sent defenseman Victor Antipin off the ice on a stretcher. "I was on the forecheck, saw the guy reverse the puck. (The hit) wasn't late," Hartnell told Nashville reporters. "I just tried to rub him o…

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SUNRISE, Fla. – The Buffalo Sabres couldn't wait to see their new-look defense corps prior to the season. Due to a barrage of injuries and ineffective play, the pairings weren't as competent as anyone hoped. Coach Phil Housley feels he's found a solid one. Casey Nelson and Victor Antipin formed the Sabres' second pairing Friday night against Florida, the third straig…

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This corner did lots of pondering Tuesday that didn't have much to do with the Sabres and Anaheim Ducks. It was game 53 of a season going nowhere, the merciful start of the final 30 games of a campaign where the playoffs were a pipe dream before Thanksgiving. It ended with another bizarre overtime loss to drop Buffalo to a ghastly 14-39 in real math. The bottom line que…

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EDMONTON, Alberta – It hasn't been an easy transition to North America for Victor Antipin. The Buffalo Sabres defenseman fell ill with a weight-sapping flu. He's been a healthy scratch more times than anticipated. He's on a losing team after playing for a consistent winner in Russia. Still, despite it all, Antipin is glad he made the jump to Buffalo and the NHL. "…

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CALGARY – The Sabres have a thin blue line once again. They've recalled Matt Tennyson to make it fuller. Buffalo lost defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to a possible concussion just 3:11 into Monday's 2-1 overtime victory in Calgary. Josh Gorges missed the game with an illness, leaving the Sabres with only six available blue-liners. Tennyson gives them an extra for Tuesday'…

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The Sabres' bye week, which runs Friday through Tuesday, is coming at a good time for Victor Antipin. The defenseman is finally healthy after an illness that kept him away from the team for 10 days. The break will allow him to eat and recover after he lost a noticeable amount of weight. "Certainly, him being out that amount of time has taken its toll on his body," Sa…

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The Sabres are in Buffalo for the first time since before Christmas. Here are Five Things to Know as they host Tyler Myers and Winnipeg tonight in KeyBank Center. 1. Road wasn't fun Including the "home game" on New Year's Day in Citi Field, the Sabres have played seven straight away from Buffalo. They went just 1-4-2 to drop to 10-23-9 this season. The Sabres have a …

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Linus Ullmark is going to the American Hockey League All-Star Game. The goaltender thinks he should have way more company. Ullmark and left wing C.J. Smith will represent Rochester at the midseason gala later this month. Both have earned their way, but so have others on the impressive Amerks club that has started 22-8-6. "We deserve a lot more people going to the All…

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ST. LOUIS -- After two games in the press box watching, winger Zemgus Girgensons got back on the ice Sunday night. The former first-round draft pick is in a brutal scoring slump but Sabres coach Phil Housley liked what he saw in practice the last few days, so Girgensons was inserted into the lineup for Buffalo's game against the St. Louis Blues. "It's never fun to be ou…