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