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Sabres to select 8th at 2017 NHL Draft

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

TORONTO - For the second year in a row, the Buffalo Sabres will select eighth overall when the 2017 NHL Draft is held in Chicago on June 23 and 24. 

Three drawings were made to allocate the top three picks at the NHL Draft Lottery in Toronto on Saturday night. New Jersey won the drawing for the first overall pick, while Philadelphia will pick second and Dallas will pick third. 

The Sabres began the night with a 7.6-percent chance of obtaining the No. 1 pick, the sixth-highest odds among the 15 teams involved, but dropped two spots because Philadelphia and Dallas jumped into the top three. Dallas began the night with a 5.8-percent chance of winning the top draw, while Philadelphia had the third-worst odds at 2.2 percent. 

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Sabres to auction off game-worn and team-issued jerseys

by Sabres PR @SabresPR /

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will be holding an online auction featuring game-worn and team-issued jerseys. The auction will start today, Friday, April 28 at 5 p.m. and go until Sunday, May 14 at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.
Jerseys available include home and away jerseys of former and current Sabres including Robin Lehner, Zach Bogosian, John Scott and Maxim Afinogenov, several 40th anniversary jerseys - including those of Tyler Myers, Paul Gaustad and Drew Stafford - a Jack Eichel St. Patrick's Day warm-up jersey and several camouflage warm-up jerseys worn prior to the team's Military Appreciation Game this past November.

Fans interested in bidding on the jerseys can do so by visiting

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2017 Lottery Primer: Potential outcomes for the Sabres

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

The NHL Draft Lottery will be held in Toronto this Saturday, and there are a few different ways it can play out for the Sabres. We'll put it simply: Buffalo can either jump into the top three, or pick anywhere from sixth to ninth. 

You can tune into lottery coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. on NBC, with the results set to be announced shortly after 8 p.m. You can also follow @BuffaloSabres on Twitter, or check back here for coverage after the order is announced.

Have questions about the process? We're here to help.

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Sabres sign Stephens to entry-level contract

by Sabres PR @SabresPR /

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Devante Stephens to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Stephens (6'1", 172 lbs., 1/2/1997) recently completed his third season with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL), where he established career highs in goals (13), assists (22) and points (35) during the 2016-17 season. His goal total paced all Rockets defensemen and ranked ninth in the WHL.

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Sabres Green Team, Shred-it to host 'Shredding Day' May 13

by Sabres PR @SabresPR /

The Buffalo Sabres Green Team and Shred-it will partner to host a "Shredding Day" on Saturday, May 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at KeyBank Center.

This event provides an opportunity to properly shred and recycle important documents following tax season. Properly shredding your documents goes a long way to help prevent identity theft. 

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Uber unveils ridesharing partnership with Buffalo Sabres and Bills

Uber becomes official ridesharing partner of the Sabres, Bills and Bandits with designated pickup and drop-off zones

by Pegula Sports and Entertainment @PegulaSE /

Beginning this summer, Western New Yorkers will have reliable, affordable and safe transportation options for attending sporting events and concerts. Pegula Sports and Entertainment today welcomes Uber as the official ridesharing partner of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bandits.

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Estephan's postseason run continues in WHL conference final

by Kris Baker @SabresProspects /

Giorgio Estephan (2016, sixth round) notched a first-period assist Tuesday as Lethbridge advanced to the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Final with an exciting 5-4 overtime victory at Medicine Hat in Game 7.

Estephan, who has been on fire throughout the playoffs but was unable to score in the final three games of the series with Medicine Hat, got back on track with a pair of goals Friday as Lethbridge opened the conference final with a 3-2 victory over Regina.

Estephan made it a 1-1 game at 13:23 of the second period when he glided into a soft spot in the Pats' defense and buried a one-timer from the right hash marks for his ninth goal of the playoffs.

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Sharpen Up: April 24, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Lots of news to catch up on from last week.

Here's what you need to know.

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Pegula will look to instill structure in search for coach, GM

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Terry Pegula Press Conference


Terry Pegula addresses the media following the dismissal of general manager Tim Murray and head coach Dan Bylsma

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One day after relieving general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma of their duties, Sabres owner Terry Pegula met with the media to explain the decision on Friday morning. He began by thanking Murray and Bylsma, and then reiterated a sentiment he first expressed when he purchased the team in 2011.

"We, as members of the Sabres organization, are all responsible for our success," he said. "But accountability starts with me. We are not happy with our season this year and there are no excuses. Six years ago I stood here and told Buffalo Sabres fans that the reason for our existence is to win a Stanley Cup. That is still the truth. One team wins the Cup. We expected more this season."

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Statement from Sabres owner Terry Pegula

by Sabres PR @SabresPR /

Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula has issued the following statement:

"After reviewing the past season and looking at the future of our organization, Kim and I have decided to relieve General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Dan Bylsma of their duties. We want to thank Tim and Dan for their hard work and efforts that they have put in during their tenures with the club. We wish them luck. We have begun the process to fill these positions immediately."

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