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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on October 1, 2019

Sabres announce coaching staff updates; Season begins on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The season is almost upon us. The Sabres will practice today with a roster that is pretty close to what they'll ice on opening night. 

The first game of the season is just two days away. Buffalo will play the Penguins on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The home opener is on Saturday against New Jersey.

Here's what you need to know.


Sabres trim roster

Buffalo is down to 26 players on the roster after making seven roster moves yesterday. 

The Sabres placed forwards Remi Elie, Curtis Lazar and Scott Wilson, and defenseman Casey Nelson on waivers.  

The team also assigned forward Rasmus Asplund, forward Tage Thompson and defenseman Lawrence Pilut to the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

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Coaching staff updates

Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Don Granato has been hospitalized with severe pneumonia and will be taking a medical leave from the team.

In the interim, Rochester Americans head coach Chris Taylor will assist the Sabres' coaching staff while Rochester assistant coach Gord Dineen assumes head coaching duties for the Americans.  

Sabres development coach Adam Mair will also assist the Amerks' coaching staff for the beginning of their regular season.

Tickets for military personnel available

The Buffalo Sabres today announced defenseman Zach Bogosian will continue the Tickets for Troops program to provide a pair of seats to a member of the military during every home game for the 2019-20 season.

In addition, Original Pizza Logs will also donate four 100-level tickets to a local veteran who will be recognized on the ice prior to the national anthem at each Sabres home game.

Bogosian's seats are located in the 100 level and each soldier recognized will receive a Sabres jersey at the game. All active or veteran military personnel are eligible to register for Tickets for Troops. 

Fans can register for either program by clicking here. 

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