If you have any items left to cross off your summer bucket list, it's best to do them soon. Schools are already back in session, the weather was just a bit more brisk this past weekend and, most notably, hockey season is right around the corner.
In fact, with the Prospects Challenge set to begin at HarborCenter next Friday, we can officially say it: We've reached our last week without hockey.
With that said, we'll be bringing you Sharpen Up on a daily basis again beginning next Monday. Until then, here's what you need to know as we wrap up the offseason.
New sweater numbers have been announced
When the Sabres acquired Jason Pominville from Minnesota back in June, one question that lingered on a lot of minds was whether or not he'd be getting his old No. 29 back from Jake McCabe. We got our answer Monday morning, along with sweaters numbers for the rest of the Sabres' new additions.
Pominville will indeed be wearing 29, while McCabe will switch to 19 (the number he wore at the University of Wisconsin). Casey Nelson, Nicholas Baptiste, Hudson Fasching, Taylor Fedun, Alexander Nylander and Justin Bailey will also be rocking new sweater numbers going forward. Check them all out in the Tweet below.
What's new this season?
We announced a bunch of changes to the fan experience last week, from a new pricing tier with tickets starting as low as $25 to additional giveaway nights and upgrades to the My One Buffalo app.
You can read about all of those changes in detail here, or click here to listen to Sabres senior vice president Michael Gilbert's interview with WGR's Jeremy White and Nate Geary from last Tuesday.
Tickets for home preseason games go on sale this Wednesday. The Sabres will host three preseason games at KeyBank Center in September: against Carolina on Sept. 18, against Toronto on Sept. 23 and their preseason finale against the New York Islanders on Sept. 29.
Individual game tickets for the regular season go on sale on Sept. 16, while Mini-Packs, which allow fans to customize ticket packages ranging from five to 39 games, are now available and can be purchased here.