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Sharpen Up: September 13, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know before the first practices of training camp

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

It's time for practice. The team will be on the ice for the first practice sessions of training camp this morning. We'll have full coverage for you here on

Here's what you need to know.


Thursday rewind

Video: Sabres in 50: Media Day

From yesterday…

Rasmus Dahlin grinned as he described the energy on the ice inside LECOM Harborcenter, where he and his Sabres teammates have held informal skates in the weeks and days leading up to the season. 

"The boys are excited to be back," Dahlin said. "We had a couple of good days here with good speed. Yeah, we're excited to get things going."

Dahlin and the rest of the Sabres players poured into KeyBank Center to undergo physical testing and complete their media obligations on Thursday morning, signaling the official start of training camp. They'll take the ice for the first time under new coach Ralph Krueger on Friday.

Newly signed forward Marcus Johansson cited Krueger's personality as a main reason he chose to sign with the Sabres in free agency.

"I think I really like the idea I got from him just being a good person, a good leader, not just what he wants to do hockey-wise," Johansson said. "I think, to me, that's important that it's a good person, that it's someone who wants well for everyone. I think that's what Ralph stands for."

For more, read the full article.


More interviews!

The Instigators were on location at the arena (and Andrew Peters will be back there with Brian Duff for today's show). They checked in with Caret Hutton, Jake McCabe and Casey Mittelstadt:

Watch: Youtube Video

Watch: Youtube Video

Watch: Youtube Video

This weekend's schedule

Practices will be held at KeyBank Center. All times are subject to change.

Friday, Sept. 13
Gold Group: 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Blue Group: 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 14
Blue Group: 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Gold Group: 1 to 2:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 15 (Open to public)
Gold Group: 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Blue Group: 1 to 2:15 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 16
Morning Skate: 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Practice: 12 to 12:45 p.m.
Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh: 7 p.m. (Pegula Ice Arena) - The first two preseason games will be streamed on within the Sabres' local broadcast market. 

Check out these giveaways

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Get a first look at some of our giveaways for The Golden Season:


One last look back at summer

At the Sabres Foundation Golf Tournament earlier this week, we found out how the players spent their summer vacations:

Video: How the Sabres spent their summer


Sharpen Up will return on Monday. 

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