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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.

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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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Video- Season Preview For The Buffalo Sabres

Just under 7 minutes to watch.


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Buffalo/Chicago Trade


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Marcus Johansson Signs With The Buffalo Sabres

Good signing by the Sabres.



added 11:11am, Buffalo release is below.

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More Improvement Needed From The Buffalo Sabres

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have to learn how to walk before they can run.

The public proclamations come training camp in September are expected to revolve around climbing into the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but a serious reality check is needed.

The Sabres still have lots of work to do with their roster, including the major decision of keeping defensive workhorse Rasmus Ristolainen or trading him for offensive help. The acquisition of Colin Miller from Vegas indicates GM Jason Botterill is more inclined to deal Ristolainen, but for whom?

And while the Sabres have done a little tinkering, Florida, New Jersey and the New York Rangers have performed major roster surgery. All three, like the Sabres, were non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference last season and all seem well ahead of Buffalo at this stage of the summer.

Who might the Sabres be better than in the East right now? Maybe Detroit and Ottawa. That's about it. You see the dilemma.


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Buffalo Gets Jimmy Vesey From The Rangers

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2019) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forward Jimmy Vesey from the New York Rangers in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Vesey (6’3”, 199 lbs., 5/26/1993) totaled 35 points (17+18) last season, including 31 at even strength, which ranked third among all Rangers skaters in 2018-19. For the second consecutive season, 16 of his 17 goals were scored at even strength.

In three career NHL seasons with the Rangers, Vesey has totaled 90 points (50+40) in 240 regular-season games, adding five points (1+4) in 12 playoff contests. Of his 50 career goals, 43 have been scored at even strength, ranking third among Rangers skaters since he entered the league.

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Vegas Sending Colin Miller To Buffalo


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What Kind Of Build In Buffalo?

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

There are a lot of reasons the job of an NHL general manager is a tough one. Here's the latest one to add to the list: How do you know what kind of team to build these days?

It sure seemed like the NHL was going back to a speed game when the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. Last year's Washington-Vegas Cup final certainly highlighted speed but both of those teams were "heavy" as well.

This season seemed to be all about speed when you consider teams like Tampa Bay, Toronto and Calgary that roared to success over 82 games. Then the playoffs started. Upsets were everywhere. Columbus, Carolina and St. Louis were among the teams advancing. Boston forged on. The Lightning, Leafs and Flames were doused.

By the end, the final was between the Bruins and the ultra-heavy Blues. Speed seems to be what you want in the regular season. Brawn seems to answer the call in the postseason. What's a GM to do?

"It's always trying to find out do you have enough skill to go through it but is that skill willing to get into the hard areas and compete in certain areas?" Sabres GM Jason Botterill said here in the hours leading into the NHL draft. "What both organizations showed is that they faced injuries throughout their runs and they had the depth to step in. Guys could come in who had been out of the lineup and contribute right away.


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Too Much Money For Jeff Skinner?

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

It took weeks, maybe months, longer than most in Buffalo wanted, but with the clock ticking before the beginning of signing season, the Sabres and Jeff Skinner have come to terms on an extension that will keep winger in upstate New York for the foreseeable future.

Amid speculation the two sides were inching closer towards a pact, the Sabres announced Friday evening that Skinner has inked an eight-year, $72-million deal, a pact which signifies a massive raise for the 27-year-old and makes him Buffalo’s second-highest paid player behind captain Jack Eichel. The big-money deal for Skinner comes on the heels of his career year, as the sharpshooting winger scored 40 goals for the first time and matched his 63-point career high, a total he has now hit thrice in his nine seasons in the NHL.

Without question, the $9-million cap hit is higher than most projected for Skinner. When trying to estimate the value of a potential contract extension for Skinner earlier this season, it seemed reasonable that he would pull down somewhere in the $7.5-million range on a new pact and possibly even eclipse an $8-million AAV given he designated for unrestricted free agency and would have been a hot commodity on the open market. Skinner putting pen to paper on a contract worth $9-million per season is something few forecasted, however.


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