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Sharpen Up: July 23, 2018

Here's what you need to know this week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Behind-the-scenes looks and another player under contract.

Here's what you need to know.



We went fly-on-the-wall style at Sabres development camp for the latest episode of Beyond Blue and Gold presented by New Era. 

Go inside the locker room, follow assistant general manager Steve Greeley around and listen to players and coaches mic'd up on the ice here:

Video: Beyond Blue and Gold: Development Camp

Smith's signed

Last Monday, the team signed forward C.J. Smith to a one-year, two-way contract with an average annual value of $874,125.

After making his NHL debut with one assist in two games for the Sabres in 2016-17, Smith completed his first full professional season in 2017-18 by tallying 44 points (17+27) in 57 AHL games with the Rochester Americans. 

Video: Americans Made: C.J. Smith

His totals ranked third among Amerks skaters in points, tied for second in goals and tied for third in assists. He was the team leader in points for most of the season until he was sidelined by an ankle injury.

Smith's fast start in 2017-18 earned him a spot in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, where he recorded five points (3+2) to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

Sam Reinhart is currently the only restricted free agent who hasn't signed a new contract yet. 

Seasonal positions available

We're currently looking for help during the upcoming season in our Media Relations and Game Presentation departments. Which one is right for you?

Tweet from @IanSabresPR: For those with previous sports media relations experience looking for a full-time, entry-level job, this posting is the one for you. Writing skills are a must for this one.

Media Relations Assistant - Seasonal

Media Relations Game Night Employee

Game Presentation Seasonal Assistant

Inching closer

The first preseason game is set for Sept. 17 at Columbus. Buffalo will play seven preseason games before the regular-season opener on Oct. 4 against Boston. 

Stay tuned for news about training camp and more here on in the coming weeks. 

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