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Sharpen Up: September 24, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Phase 3 of training camp opened up yesterday with practice at KeyBank Center.

The Sabres will be back on the today as they prepare for a preseason home game tomorrow night against Columbus. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from KeyBank Center. Tickets are on sale now or you can catch the game on MSG starting with the pregame show at 6:30. RJ and Rayzor will have the call.

Here's what you need to know.


A look at the roster

Video: Sabres in 50: Position Battles at Forward

From yesterday's practice report…

With training camp entering its third and final phase, the Sabres were down to one group for practice at KeyBank Center on Monday morning. 

Fourteen players were assigned to camp with the Rochester Americans on Sunday. Forward J.S. Dea, who was assigned to Rochester on Monday, will join them pending waivers. Arttu Ruotsalainen was assigned to Ilves in Finland, where he led Liiga forwards in average ice time a year ago. 

Video: Ralph Krueger after Monday's practice

Krueger met personally with each of the players who were sent down and delivered an honest assessment of what needs to be done for them to return to Buffalo. Meanwhile, the 26 players who took the ice for practice on Monday all remain in the mix for opening night. 

"Everybody who's here right now is certainly going to be needed in the organization, whether it's leadership in Rochester or it's here, pushing the lineup that's playing to be good," Krueger said.

"We're going to continue to keep the internal competition alive with the decisions we make. Players that are being sent to Rochester right now, for me, there's no ends here. It's just a different pathway to being a part of this group."

Read a positional breakdown of the team's camp roster with two preseason games remaining here.

One roster move of note yesterday: The Sabres assigned forward Jean-Sebastien Dea to Rochester pending waivers. Dea signed a two-year deal with the Sabres on July 1. 

In 308 regular-season AHL games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Springfield, Dea has totaled 185 points (83+102). 

If you're attending the game tomorrow, check out the new bag policy here:

Adams named Senior Vice President with Sabres

Buffalo Sabres President Kim Pegula named Kevyn Adams the franchise's Senior Vice President of Business Administration. 

"Kevyn has been a valuable member of our leadership team since 2013 and is the perfect person to oversee the Buffalo Sabres' day-to-day business operations," Kim Pegula said. "Kevyn brings unsurpassed experience, perspective and vision to this position. He exemplifies our company values of teamwork, respect, accountability, integrity, trust and success; and will further our company mission in this role."

"I'm grateful for the trust Terry and Kim have shown in me," Adams said. "We have worked together over the last six years to grow the game of hockey in a variety of ways through the Academy of Hockey and Buffalo Jr. Sabres organization. Our visions remain aligned as we turn to the daily business operation of the Sabres franchise. I am humbled and honored to begin this responsibility."

Read the full press release here. 


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