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Sharpen Up: Week of August 12, 2019

What you need to know this week

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Sharpen Up to bring you a message from Rasmus Dahlin: 

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: One week until Fan Fest presented by @LabattUSA Blue Light! Kick off The Golden Season with @rasmusdahlin00 & more on August 17: https://t.co/MXNFOGlasB pic.twitter.com/XYDX1ntcWU

Yeah, it's Fan Fest week. Here's what you need to know.

 

Party on Saturday

What better way to begin The Golden Season than to get Dahlin, Casey Mittelstadt, Kyle Okposo and Jeff Skinner, add a long list of Sabres alumni and mix them with fans on an August day in Alumni Plaza? 

The Sabres willl be doing exactly that at Fan Fest presented by Labatt Blue Light, which runs from from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Here are a few things you might see if you attend:

•   On-stage activities featuring current players.

•   Alumni roaming the plaza and taking the stage to reflect on significant moments in Sabres history.

•   Memorabilia representing 50 years of NHL hockey in Buffalo along with the 11 NHL awards that have been won by Sabres players.

•   Games, food and beverage, and live entertainment from DJ Milk and The Strictly Hip. 

Click here for the full list of scheduled alumni and featured events, along with information on how to sign up for the 5.0K race. 

 

Jason Botterill joins The Instigators

The general manager of the Sabres sat down with Andrew Peters and Craig Rivet last week to discuss the state of the salary cap, this summer's acquisitions and the opportunity for young players to crack the lineup in camp.

Read three takeaways from that interview by clicking here, or press play on the video below to watch the conversation in its entirety:

Video: Jason Botterill on The Instigators

 

Sabres on NBCSN

The Sabres will appear on NBCSN five times during the 2019-20 season. They are: 

  • Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Tampa Bay, 2 p.m. (in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the NHL Global Series)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 10 vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. (previously a 7 p.m. faceoff)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Toronto, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Colorado, 8 p.m.

NBCSN's full schedule of games can be found here.


Grillin' Brian Gionta

Video: Grillin' 'Em: Brian Gionta

Andrew Peters spent time playing bocce ball and grilling garbage plates with the former Sabres captain in the debut episode of Grillin' 'Em, which you'll want to check out above.

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