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Sabres Re-Sign Robin Lehner

Jul 26, 2017 1:29 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The team announced the deal Tuesday. Lehner was a restricted free agent.

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Kyle Okposo To Play Summer League Game

Jul 20, 2017 12:44 AM

Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is set to play in a summer league game, his next step while recovering from an undisclosed illness that placed his hockey future in question in March.

"Da Beauty League" announced on its Twitter account that Okposo will make his debut Wednesday night.

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Sabres Name Phil Housley New Head Coach

Jun 16, 2017 1:30 AM

Phil Housley still remembers Sabres fans at Memorial Auditorium in opening his Hall of Fame career in Buffalo during the 1980s.

Now, Housley is looking forward to bringing that type of excitement back to Buffalo -- this time as the Sabres' head coach.

Some 35 years to the day since the then-18-year-old was selected by the Sabres in the NHL draft, Housley is being asked to instill relevance to a franchise coming off its latest offseason house-cleaning.

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Sabres Re-Sign Linus Ullmark To Two-Year, $1.5M Extension

Jun 14, 2017 1:12 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goalie Linus Ullmark to a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension.

Ullmark completed the final year of his rookie contract and was eligible to become a restricted free agent next month. Though he spent much of the past two seasons being groomed in the minors, Ullmark has an 8-11-2 record in 21 NHL career games.

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Sabres Hire Jason Botterill As GM

May 11, 2017 1:29 PM

Jason Botterill is leaving the Pittsburgh Penguins' bid to defend their Stanley Cup title for an opportunity to build the Buffalo Sabres into a contender as general manager.

The Sabres hired the Penguins' associate GM on Thursday to lead a franchise that owner Terry Pegula criticized for lacking structure and discipline.

"We are very happy to welcome Jason Botterill to the Buffalo Sabres family," Pegula said in a news release. "Jason's hockey knowledge, experience drafting and developing players, and his approach to management stood out to us during our interview process. Jason has built a solid reputation as a leader that connects strongly with players and staff around him. We are confident he will have a positive impact within our organization and will help us get to our ultimate goal."

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Rangers, Sabres To Play 2018 Winter Classic At Citi Field

May 10, 2017 12:28 AM

The New York Rangers will take on the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets on Jan. 1, 2018. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the Winter Classic outdoor game on television Tuesday night at intermission of the Rangers' playoff game against the Ottawa Senators.

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Sabres Interview Half-Dozen Candidates For GM

May 1, 2017 12:40 AM

The Sabres are putting together a lengthy candidate list for their vacant general manager job.

Sources confirmed to ESPN.com that Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito, Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald, Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton, and Kings assistant GM Mike Futa have all interviewed for the position in the wake of Tim Murray's firing on April 20.

According to TSN, two Penguins general managers, Bill Guerin and Jason Botterill, have also interviewed with the Sabres.

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Terry Pegula Vows To Take Hands-On Approach To Fix Sabres

Apr 22, 2017 1:36 AM

Criticizing the Sabres' management structure for being flawed under its previous regime, team owner Terry Pegula accepted the blame and vowed Friday to take a hands-on approach to fix what went wrong.

The first step, Pegula said, begins with him directly overseeing the search to hire a new front office. He spoke one day after the Sabres cleaned house by firing general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma.

"Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses."

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Sabres Fire GM Tim Murray, Coach Dan Bylsma

Apr 20, 2017 12:38 PM

The Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year, the team announced Thursday.

Last week, Murray had backed Bylsma returning for a third season as coach. Murray, however, noted that the ultimate decision on Bylsma and his own future rested with owner Terry Pegula.

Murray's rebuilding plan took a step back this season. With a 33-37-12 record, the Sabres finished last in the Atlantic Division, with two fewer wins than the previous year.

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Agent: Jack Eichel Not Pushing For Coaching Change In Buffalo

Apr 19, 2017 2:48 PM

If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives say their client is not the one pushing for a change.

Peter Donatelli told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a coaching change was "not even on [Eichel's] radar screen" last week during the player's exit meetings with Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray. Donatelli said any suggestion that the second-year player is demanding a change is "1,000 percent false."

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Kyle Okposo Showing Signs Of Improvement
Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is under the care of team doctors for an undisclosed illness.

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Auston Matthews Scores U.S. Rookie Record 39th Goal
Maple Leafs' rookie Auston Matthews scored his 39th goal of the season on Monday night against the Sabres.

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Pens Beat Sabres To Clinch 11th Straight Playoff Berth
Sidney Crosby helped the Penguins beat the Sabres by the score of 3-1 on Tuesday night.

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Rangers Trade Bodie To Sabres For Catenacci
Daniel Catenacci has skated in 50 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL this season.

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David Legwand Retires After 16-Year NHL Career
David Legwand is Nashville's career leader in goals with 210.

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Jack Eichel Could Play For Sabres On Tuesday
Sabres center Jack Eichel could possibly make his season debut against the Senators on Tuesday.

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Zach Bogosian Out Indefinitely With Sprained MCL
Defenseman Zach Bogosian was hurt in the Sabres win at Minnesota on Tuesday.

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Evander Kane Out Weeks With Broken Ribs
Sabres winger Evander Kane suffered three cracked ribs after crashing into the boards on Thursday night.

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Sabres Re-Sign Rasmus Ristolainen To Six-Year Deal
Rasmus Ristolainen will receive an annual average salary of $5.4M.

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Zemgus Girgensons Re-Signs With Sabres On One-Year, $1.15M Deal
From Latvia, Zemgus Girgensons has established himself as a two-way player in three seasons with the Sabres.

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Agent: Jimmy Vesey Meets With Seven Teams
NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey is the reigning winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top men's college hockey player.

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Woman Sues Evander Kane For Aledged Injuries
Evander Kane's actions are described as "unwanted, unconsented to, violent and offensive in nature physical battery," according to court papers.

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Sabres Meet With Prospect Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey intends to become a free agent on August 15.

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Kyle Okposo Signs Seven-Year, $42M Contact With Sabres
Kyle Okposo had played nine seasons with the Islanders.

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Sabres Trade Pysyk, Draft Pick To Panthers For Kulikov
Dmitry Kuilkov has scored 28 goals and 138 points in 460 career NHL games.

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Sabres Trade Third-Round Pick To Predators For Rights To Vesey
The Predators will receive the No. 76 overall draft pick from the Sabres in exchange for the rights to Jimmy Vesey.

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Evander Kane Being Investigated For Sex Offense
Evander Kane missed practice on Sunday amid reports that he is being investigated by authorities.

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Paul Stastny Returns To Blues' Lineup
Blues center Paul Stastny has missed 16 games with a broken right foot.

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Canadiens Extend Streak To Nine Games
The Canadiens defeated the Leafs by the score of 5-3 on Saturday night and are a win away from tying the NHL record previously set by the Leafs in 1993-94 and matched by the Sabres in 2006-07.

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Canadiens Begin Season With 8th Straight Win
The Canadiens are only the second team (Sabres) in NHL history to begin a season with eight straight wins, all in regulation.

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