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Posted On Tuesday, 10.04.2011 / 1:21 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - The Sabres take Germany

Sabres close preseason vs. Adler Mannheim

The Buffalo Sabres will close their preseason with a game in Mannheim, Germany, against German club team Adler Mannheim.

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff told the team's website goalie Jhonas Enroth likely will play the entire game.

Mannheim native Jochen Hecht will not play due to lingering concussion symptoms. However, he could still be part of the pre-game festivities.

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff leads the team in scoring in the preseason with 2 goals and 3 assists in four games.
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Posted On Friday, 07.01.2011 / 1:37 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - Free Agency '11 Blog

Flames add to defense, ink Butler for two years

The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Chris Butler on Friday to a two-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million.

Butler, 24, played all three of his NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, posting 5 goals and 31 assists in 155 games.

Calgary acquired Butler, a restricted free agent, along with Paul Bryon on a draft day trade with the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik and Calgary’s second pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.
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Posted On Friday, 06.24.2011 / 9:26 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - 2011 Entry Draft blog

CHL again dominates top of draft

For the second year in a row, there's a run on Canadian Hockey League players at the top of the NHL Entry Draft.

Ten of the first 13 players taken in the first round Friday night play in one of the CHL's three leagues. That includes center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 pick from Red Deer of the Western Hockey League, the fifth consecutive CHL player taken with the first selection in the draft.

The three non-CHL players taken in the first 12 all played in Sweden this past season: Defenseman Adam Larsson (No. 4 to New Jersey), forward Mika Zibanejad (No. 6 to Ottawa) and defenseman Jonas Brodin (No. 10 to Minnesota).

Not all of the CHL players taken were Canadian.

Gabriel Landeskog, taken No. 2 by Colorado, is Swedish but plays for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League, and Sven Baertschi, taken 13th by Calgary, is a Swiss player who plays for Portland in the WHL. Sean Couturier, taken by Philadelphia with the eighth pick, was born in Phoenix but played for Team Canada at the World Junior Championship.

Jamie Oleksiak, a defenseman who plays at Northeastern University, was the first non-CHL North American player taken when he went to the Dallas Stars at No. 14. J.T. Miller, a left wing with the U.S. National Team Development Program, went No. 15 to the New York Rangers.

Last year, the first eight players taken in the draft all played in the CHL -- Mikael Granlund, who played in Finland, was the first non-CHL player taken when he went No. 9 to Minnesota.
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Posted On Friday, 06.03.2011 / 8:46 PM

By Compiled By -  NHL.com Staff /NHL.com - Stanley Cup Final: Canucks vs. Bruins

Congressmen celebrate Bruins' trip to Final

Reps. Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts celebrated the Boston Bruins participation in the Stanley Cup Final at the Samuel Adams statue on Friday.

Both Congressmen represent the City of Boston and are founding members of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who support youth hockey in America, particularly programs for disadvantaged and disabled youth who might not otherwise be able to afford to play hockey -- including support for the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone and NHL Street  programs, as well as USA Hockey's youth hockey initiatives.
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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres