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Sabres return 6 to junior clubs

by Press Release @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has returned forwards Vasily Glotov, Brandon Hagel and Cliff Pu, as well as defensemen Vojtech Budik, Austin Osmanski and Devante Stephens, to their respective junior clubs. 

 

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Nylander to make preseason debut against Wild

Reinhart and Kane remain linemates; Eichel to return to practice on Tuesday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Monday night will be a night of firsts for the Buffalo Sabres. It's the first game of the preseason both for them and for their opponent, the Minnesota Wild, in the first-ever NHL contest held at Penn State University. 

It's also the first NHL game for Alexander Nylander, Buffalo's first-round draft pick this summer. After skating with Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane through the first three days of practice, Nylander will play on a line with Cal O'Reilly and Cole Schneider against Minnesota.

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Sharpen Up: September 26, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

What do you need to know? It's a game day. What else is there? Well, a few more things, actually. Grab your morning coffee, ride the good vibes of that Bills win, and let's get going.

We'll kick off the first Monday edition of Sharpen Up with what you can expect from us here at Sabres.com:

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Girgensons eager to prove he's back after down season

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When he came into camp a year ago, Zemgus Girgensons was coming off a season to be proud of, one in which he put up 30 points (15+15) in only 61 games and was voted into his first All-Star Game. At age 21 and with a better supporting cast around him, it was hard to imagine he'd go anywhere but up.

As last season wore on, however, he never did find the same offensive consistency. His point total dipped to 18 (7+11) despite playing in 10 more games than he had the year prior. Quite frankly, he says, it was a disappointing season.

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O'Reilly, Canada advance to World Cup Final

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

A few weeks ago, it looked like Ryan O'Reilly wasn't going to play in the World Cup of Hockey at all. Now, he's got a chance to win the whole thing.

O'Reilly and Team Canada earned a 5-3 win over his new Sabres teammate Dmitry Kulikov and Team Russia on Saturday night to advance to the best-of-three Final. They'll play the winner of Sunday's Semifinal matchup between Europe and Sweden.

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Guhle taking second camp one day at a time

Schneider, Grant impress again at scrimmage; Nylander shows off his skating ability

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It seems the long summer was well spent by most - if not all - of the Sabres players. Tyler Ennis, Sam Reinhart, and Cody Franson are among the faces that have come to camp noticeably stronger than they were at the end of last season.

Another name you can add to that list is Brendan Guhle, who was pinpointed by fellow defenseman Jake McCabe on Friday as a player who looks entirely different than he did at camp a year ago.

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Sabres take the ice for first day of practice

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Much like when they opened camp a year ago, the Sabres were treated to high-tempo, fast-paced practices along with a scrimmage on Friday. But unlike a year ago, when many of the players were unfamiliar with each other and all were unfamiliar with coach Dan Bylsma, there was little they didn't expect.

"I know a lot of us, even the younger guys that just did the prospects tournament and everything, were all familiar with the drills so that's kind of why it can be high-tempo," defenseman Jake McCabe said. "We know what we're doing out there so let's get in the corners, get the pucks going, let's get after it."

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Franson looks to rebound from "scary" injury

With a new number and a new physique, Cody Franson is looking to leave his difficult 2015-16 in the past.

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Looking at Cody Franson as he skated during the first day of on-ice work at training camp for the Sabres, you can see a few obvious differences from a year ago. He's leaner and stronger, for example, which is the product of a summer spent working to become faster and more explosive. 

There's also the number on his back, which has changed from 46 to 6. He took 46 last season having few other options after signing late in the summer. There were no tears shed when he had the opportunity to leave that number behind and switch to the one he wore while coming up in junior hockey.

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Sharpen Up: September 23, 2016

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Maybe you've heard: #SabresCamp is open. 

A few players met with the media yesterday to talk about their summers and their expectations for the upcoming season. Overall, everyone seemed pretty upbeat based on how the team finished last season (They capped off the 2015-16 season with 47 points in their final 41 games, a pace that - if maintained over 82 games - would have put them in a playoff position). 

But it's a new season with raised expectations. The team is officially taking the ice together for the first time today at HarborCenter. And how do the line combinations and defensive pairings look during these first sessions? Let's take a look at Friday's groups.

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Kulikov, Russia advance with win over Finland

With Russia's win, Jack Eichel and Team North America have been eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

While one Sabre advanced at the World Cup of Hockey on Thursday afternoon, another was sent home early. Dmitry Kulikov and Russia earned the second seed in Group B with a 3-0 win over Finland and advanced to the semifinal round, where they will face Ryan O'Reilly and Canada on Saturday.

The win for Russia also means that Jack Eichel and North America have been eliminated from the tournament by virtue of the head-to-head tie breaker. North America and Russia both won twice in three games, but Russia won their head-to-head matchup on Monday. 

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