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Sharpen Up: July 16, 2018

What you need to know heading into this week

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /


What offseason?

Even in the dog days of summer, the Sabres have managed to keep busy. In the last seven days, they signed the first overall pick to his entry-level contract, added another coach to Phil Housley's staff and inked four young forwards to one-year deals.

Here's what you need to know.


Sabres sign four RFAs 

The Sabres re-signed four forwards to one-year, two-way deals over the past week, inking Sean Malone on Thursday and adding Daniel O'Regan, Nicholas Baptiste and Justin Bailey on Sunday. The team has two restricted free agents remaining in forwards Sam Reinhart and C.J. Smith. 

Malone, O'Regan, Baptiste and Bailey all figure to come to camp in the fall with an opportunity to crack the NHL roster. Baptiste and Bailey have the most experience out of the bunch, with the former having appeared in a career-high 33 games with the Sabres last season and the latter having played 52 NHL games in his young career. 

O'Regan played two games for Buffalo after being acquired in the deal that sent Evander Kane to San Jose at the trade deadline. The 24-year-old center scored 40 points (13+27) in 49 AHL games between San Jose and Rochester. 

Malone steadily progressed as a rookie in Rochester last season, scoring 18 of his 22 points in his last 39 games. You can learn more about the Buffalo native in the video below.

Video: Americans Made: Sean Malone


Dahlin signs entry-level deal

The Sabres managed to get another key young player under contract last Monday, signing Rasmus Dahlin to his three-year, entry-level deal. Dahlin sat alongside fellow No. 1 pick Gilbert Perreault as he signed the contract.

Check out Dahlin's day spent touring Buffalo with Perreault in the video below:

Video: Rasmus Dahlin Tours Buffalo


Sabres add Smith to coaching staff

The Sabres added longtime Edmonton Oilers defenseman Steve Smith to their coaching staff on Wednesday. Smith spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with Carolina, focusing on defense and the penalty kill. The Hurricanes allowed the second-fewest shots per game (28) of any NHL team during his tenure.

Smith won three Stanley Cups during his playing career with the Oilers. He also has history with Phil Housley, with the two having played as teammates in Calgary from 1998 through 2001. 

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