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Sharpen Up: August 13, 2018

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Rasmus Dahlin has arrived in Buffalo. 

Whether he voyaged the Atlantic via Jet Ski - equipment bag slung over his shoulder, stick in hand, garbed in gameday attire - or traveled by more conventional standards is a story that remains to be told, but the first overall pick was busy after arriving in Western New York last week. 

On Monday, Dahlin and fellow first-round pick Casey Mittelstadt took the ice as surprise guests with the Fattey Hockey League at Harborcenter. The league mixes local NHL players (Zemgus Girgensons and Alex Iafallo are among this year's participants) with college and junior players.

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Gionta, NHL free agent, prepared to walk away with no regrets

39-year-old forward does not have contract for this season

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

If Brian Gionta has played his last NHL game, he'll hang up his skates without a regret.

Gionta will know that he and his family are richer for the athletic and life experience of his career, the forward having been a fine leader and shown great durability in a physically demanding game over 16 NHL seasons.

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Dahlin, Mittelstadt create memorable night at summer hockey league

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

When the World Junior Championship came to Buffalo this past winter, Michael Broad took his then 14-year-old son, Ty, to Harborcenter for Sweden's tournament-opening contest against Belarus. Michael thought it was a good opporunity for Ty to see up close what players like Rasmus Dahlin and Alex Nylander were capable of. 

"These guys are really only three, four years older than what Ty is right now and they're playing at that level," Michael said. "It's pretty cool to watch." 

Imagine, then, what it must have been like for the younger Broad to share that same ice with Dahlin on Monday night. Dahlin and fellow first-round pick Casey Mittelstadt were surprise guests at the Fattey Hockey League playoffs, where Ty plays summer hockey. 

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Sharpen Up: August 6, 2018

Here's what you need to know this week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres acquired a top-line left wing last week when general manager Jason Botterill traded for Jeff Skinner. 

But that's not all that happened last week.

Here's what you need to know.

 

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31 in 31

Top prospects for Buffalo Sabres

Dahlin, Mittelstadt expected to play major roles

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Director of Editorial

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the top five prospects for the Buffalo Sabres, according to NHL.com.

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31 in 31

Inside look at Buffalo Sabres

Arrival of Dahlin, trade for Skinner reasons for optimism

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Buffalo Sabres.

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31 in 31

Buffalo Sabres key statistics

Dahlin's impact, Eichel's performance crucial to success

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Buffalo Sabres.

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31 in 31

Three questions facing Buffalo Sabres

Hutton as No. 1 goalie, Okposo's health among concerns

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three important questions facing the Buffalo Sabres.

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Buffalo Sabres fantasy preview for 2018-19

Reinhart can break out on line with Eichel, Skinner; Hutton potential sleeper with heavier workload on improved roster

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, the fantasy hockey staff identifies relevant players from each team for 2018-19. Today, we look at Buffalo Sabres players, listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy.

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Skinner says young core made Sabres an attractive destination

Winger is eager for fresh start with Buffalo

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

With a full no-movement clause in his contract, Jeff Skinner had the final say regarding potential destinations as the Carolina Hurricanes shopped him over the course of the offseason. The Buffalo Sabres were a destination he told management he'd approve. 

Why Buffalo? The proximity to his family and friends in Toronto was a bonus, he admitted, but his decision had more to do with the cast of people who would be surrounding him with the Sabres, from ownership to his new teammates. 

"I think my focus is winning and having a good season, and right now coming into camp and being as prepared as possible to sort of start on the right foot," Skinner said. "That's the top thing. I think you look at the young core, the management, the ownership, and all these things that I touched on, those things are sort of at the top of your list."

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