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Video- The Patrik Berglund Story

from Chris Jonhston of Sportsnet,

For those of us who never took a stride in Patrik Berglund’s skate boots, there would have been more than 13 million reasons to stay.

The Swede didn’t just walk away from his NHL dream when he made the surprising decision to step away from the Buffalo Sabres last December. He also walked away from a guaranteed contract that had $13.03-million remaining on it.

“I know exactly how much money I left,” Berglund said when we sat down in Stockholm for an interview in late August.

That conversation has been turned into a feature called “ExPat: The Patrik Berglund Story,” which will air during Saturday’s “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcast...

What struck me most about Berglund is how much conviction he still has about that life-changing decision. He actually said that, in the end, it was no decision at all. This was the only path he saw back to a good place following a trade to the Sabres that never should have happened at all.

The 31-year-old is the son of a former Swedish Hockey League player and a former first-round NHL draft pick. He spent 12 years with the St. Louis Blues organization and signed a $19.25-million, five-year extension with them on Feb. 24, 2017 that included a 20-team no-trade list for Years 2 and 3 of the deal.

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Video- Rasmus Dahlin Will Not Return Tonight

No penalty on the play.



added 9:30pm, Marty Biron with the commentary below.

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Trade Market Muddied By LTIR

from TSN,

Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill stated earlier this week that he was  “actively looking” for forward help to spark his slumping team, but according TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, it's not easy to maneuver in the trade market at the moment.

"It's a moving target," Dreger said on Insider Trading Thursday. "Jason Botterill, the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, has, in fact, made offers on forwards but the system is gummed up a little bit – the financial system of the National Hockey League. There are so many teams, 10-plus teams, who are working with LTIR players and that can get very, very problematic. 

"There are some out there that believe that Botterill is feeling a sense of urgency and he'd like to make at least one, maybe even two, trades in the next week to two weeks. But he's got to find the right fit and the right match."

Including the Sabres, 11 teams - the Toronto Maple Leafs, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Sabres, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings - currently have players on long-term injured reserve providing cap relief, according to CapFriendly.


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Don’t Make A Big Deal Of Rasmus Dahlin’s Recent Benching

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Rasmus Dahlin showed no signs of angst inside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room Sunday night.

The 19-year-old defenseman isn't worried about his play. Neither are his coaches or teammates. Dahlin explained following a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks inside United Center that people outside the Sabres are making too much of him being benched one night earlier.

"We’re making too big a deal of what it is," Dahlin said.

All Dahlin cared about was that the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators. He didn't sulk afterwards or get down on himself. Instead, he followed the benching with a promising performance against the Blackhawks, recording one shot on goal among seven attempts with a plus-1 rating.

Dahlin's status as a former first overall draft pick magnifies each of his mistakes, and he shoulders immense responsibility as the quarterback on the Sabres' top power-play unit. Though Dahlin committed a few defensive mistakes against the Blackhawks, his resolve impressed coach Ralph Krueger.


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“A Dream Come True” For The Czech/Slovak Fans Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

They sat 14 strong in Section A15, Row 11 of the Ericsson Globe. A few hours before the Buffalo Sabres played a game in Sweden for the first time in their history, the members of the Sabres CZ-SK Fan Club (that's Czech-Slovak) were in Austria, taking a flight here from Vienna.

You didn't know there was such as thing as the Czech-Slovak Fan club? Me either.

They arrived in plenty of time for the 8 p.m. local time faceoff, even got some pictures taken with the team at the Grand Hotel before the players boarded the buses to the arena. Once at the game, they came with full throats and full regalia and were a big part of a very different atmosphere for an NHL contest.

Many had painted their hair in the red, white and blue colors of the Czech Republic. The leader, 23-year-old university student Viktor Maudr from Prague, carried a drum that he banged on to lead the cheers while wearing his 50th anniversary Victor Olofsson jersey.

"We have so much passion for the Buffalo Sabres and it is a dream to be here to see them," Maudr said, talking rapidly but in English clear enough to be deciphered through his accent. "A dream come true."


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Video- Nikita Kucherov Hit On Vladimir Sobotka Today

No call on the play.



added 3:36pm, YouTube version is below.

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Your 2020 Stanley Cup Champs Could Be The Buffalo Sabres

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Back in our 2014 Draft Preview, we boldly predicted that the Buffalo Sabres would win the Stanley Cup in 2020. Well, sort of. We also projected Leon Draisaitl as the fourth-best prospect in that draft, Dylan Larkin at 14, David Pastrnak (gulp) at No. 23 and Brayden Point (double gulp) at 42.

First, so sue us. Second, we had Draisaitl right where he was chosen and Larkin, Pastrnak and Point all ranked higher than they were selected. So we weren’t the only ones.

In any event, we didn’t come right out and say the Sabres would win the Stanley Cup in 2020, but we did a few months later when the story that appeared in that issue appeared on our website with the headline: ‘Why the Buffalo Sabres will be Stanley Cup champions in 2020’. It really doesn’t get much more definitive than that. And with an 8-1-1 record, which gives them the most points and the best winning percentage in the NHL, the Sabres are making us look pretty good at the moment.


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The Buffalo Sabres Remain Unbeaten At Home

from Mike Harrnngton of the Buffalo News,

It was just two years ago when the Buffalo Sabres won only 11 home games all season. It equaled a franchise low and was the fewest by any NHL team since 2007. It was an embarrassment, an affront to the fans who have given their hearts -- and their dollars -- to this franchise.

It was the year of General Manager Jason Botterill's infamous press box door slam during an ugly matinee against Los Angeles, and the year of a 7-1 loss to Dallas during a similar Kids Day special. Suzy and Johnny weren't badgering Mommy and Daddy to bring them back.

But the kiddies and everyone else in the 716 might want to head downtown now because there's plenty of fun to be had at the rink.

The Sabres are 8-1-1 overall for just the third time in their history. They're 5-0 at home also for the third time – and the first since 1984.

Tuesday's 4-3 overtime thriller over San Jose was a wild slapstick affair filled with frustration and fun. No one experienced more emotion than captain Jack Eichel.


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Video- The Buffalo Sabres Unveil Their 50th Anniversary Jersey

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have dubbed it the Golden Jersey.

The team announced its alternate jersey for the 2019-20 season through a Twitter video Friday morning, and the white sweater with gold striping will be worn for 13 dates during the 50th anniversary season.

The crossed swords crest will be displayed in fluorescent gold and navy blue, rather than white and blue. Five stripes -- one representing each of the franchise's decades -- are embroidered on both sleeves as well as the jersey's bottom. Four are gold and one wider one is in blue.

Two unique features of the uniform is an inner neckline to the sweater that features logos from throughout the team's history, and white gloves that will be worn for the first time in franchise history and look similar to those that have been worn the last two years by the Vegas Golden Knights.

continued, includes pictures and below, watch a video from the Sabres on the sweater...

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Jeff Skinner Is Dedicated To The Game

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

The puck careened off the blade of Jeff Skinner’s stick and wide of the empty net, banging off the glass near a group of unsuspecting spectators on a Friday night in late July.

Skinner slightly shook his head and clenched his lips, yet he quickly took his place in front of the net to try to tip the next shot from his skills coach, Bill Bowler.

Skinner scored on the next shot and almost every other attempt that followed. The two then gathered the loose pucks and continued the hourlong workout in Paramount Ice Complex, a bleacherless rink with four ice surfaces in North York.

These workouts with Bowler prepare Skinner for a number of situations he’ll face when trying to score goals for the Buffalo Sabres — from attempting a quick wraparound after gathering the puck off the end boards to batting a puck out of the air backhanded — but they are only one piece of an offseason regimen that sparked a career year and earned the 27-year-old All-Star winger an eight-year, $72 million contract in June.

"We feel very comfortable in how Jeff handles himself off the ice, how he's dedicated to conditioning and training," Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill said shortly after the contract was signed.


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