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Scotty Bowman On Rasmus Dahlin

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Rasmus Dahlin will be a complete and dynamic NHL player for many years, Scotty Bowman told NHL.com on Saturday.

"His skating is so complete; he can go forwards, backwards and sideways so well and he has a good core," Bowman said of the Buffalo Sabres rookie defenseman after watching him at the Prospects Challenge. "He's got good size and strength and you can see he really likes to go.

"It's a different game now from when I was coaching. There are some defensemen who just move the puck up, and there's a sprinkling of guys who can lug it, and he's one of those guys. It's like (Ottawa Senators defenseman) Erik Karlsson and (Boston Bruins defenseman) Charlie McAvoy; those are special players."...

"Lidstrom was a different kind of player because Nick wasn't a puck-carrier, he moved the puck," said Bowman, who coached Lidstrom for nine seasons with the Detroit Red Wings (1993-2002). "The similarities are they have no difficulty making passes when they're in tight and it's always on the stick. So when [Dahlin] gets the puck, there's a good chance Buffalo is going to keep it. That's the way we used to track Lidstrom; whenever he got the puck, very seldom did he make a play where the other team got it, so it was all about possession. [Dahlin] likes to go and join the rush.

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Video- He Shoots And Dominik Hasek Makes The Save

Six minutes of saves by The Dominator.

 

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Video- An Impressive Debut For Rasmus Dahlin

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Rasmus Dahlin waited long enough for the chance to play against his peers and provide Buffalo Sabres fans a sneak peek of what they could expect this season in his first game of the Prospects Challenge at HaborCenter on Friday.

The defenseman didn't disappoint, scoring two goals and getting an assist, exhibiting poise and decisiveness and delivering a big hit in a 6-4 win against the New Jersey Devils prospects.

"It was a lot of fun playing in front of all the fans," Dahlin said. "It was crowded and loud so it couldn't get much better.

"I think the biggest challenge for me was getting back into it after the offseason and playing real hockey again. It was fun."

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Evening Line- Mike Harrington

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Jeff Skinner Traded To Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 2, 2018) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Jeff Skinner from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Cliff Pu, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, a third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Skinner (5’11”, 200 lbs., 5/16/1992) joins the Sabres after spending his first eight NHL seasons with the Hurricanes. In his 579 career games, he has totaled 379 points (204+175), scoring the 20th-most goals in the NHL during that span and tying for 10th-most at even strength (159).

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Skinner recorded 49 points (24+25) in 82 games last season, topping the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career. He finished the season tied for 12th among all NHL players with 89 goals during the last three seasons and tied for seventh with 74 even-strength goals during that same span.

Skinner was selected by Carolina in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. In his first season, he topped the 30-goal mark for the first of three times in his career, earning a Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

added 6:45pm, Carolina release is below.

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Rasmus Dahlin Signs His Entry-Level Contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 9, 2018) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Dahlin (6’3”, 185 lbs., 4/13/2000) was taken by Buffalo with the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft last month in Dallas. He became just the third player to be taken No. 1 overall by the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (1970) and Pierre Turgeon (1987).

The defenseman appeared in his second professional season in 2017-18, posting 20 points (7+13) and tying for fourth among all SHL defensemen with seven goals in 41 games. Through two SHL seasons, he has totaled 23 points (8+15) in 67 regular-season games, adding eight points (4+4) in 20 postseason contests.

A native of Lidköping, Sweden, Dahlin won a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. His six points (0+6), plus-7 rating and 23:08 average ice time at the tournament all led or tied to lead his team, helping him earn Best Defenseman honors and a spot on the tournament All-Star Team.

Dahlin also represented Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as a 16-year-old and, at 17, was the youngest player at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Jack Eichel Changes His Number And About Those Old #15 Sweaters

via Sabres PR,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that forward Jack Eichel will wear No. 9 on his jersey starting during the 2018-19 season.

"For a long time, the number nine has always been a part of my identity as both a person and as a player," Eichel said. "The opportunity opened up to switch and I felt it was the right time to make the change as I begin the next phase of my career as a Sabre."

For fans that currently own an official-licensed Eichel jersey with the No. 15, the Sabres Store will offer a $49 credit toward the purchase of a new adult Eichel No. 9 jersey or $29 toward the purchase of a youth jersey.

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Buffalo Trades Ryan O’Reilly To St. Louis

added 8:47pm,

 

 

added 9:02pm, St. Louis release is below.

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Looks Like We Have A Pittsburgh/Buffalo Trade

 

added 1:54pm, it took some time, but trade is now official, Buffalo release is below.

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Videos- Top Prospects Mic’d Up On Draft Day

First up is Rasmus Dahlin.

 

 

Below, Brady Tkachuk and Quinn Hughes...

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