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Sabres sign Smith to 1-year contract

Forward scored 44 points in 57 AHL games last season

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward C.J. Smith to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $874,125.

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Sharpen Up: July 16, 2018

What you need to know heading into this week

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Offseason?

What offseason?

Even in the dog days of summer, the Sabres have managed to keep busy. In the last seven days, they signed the first overall pick to his entry-level contract, added another coach to Phil Housley's staff and inked four young forwards to one-year deals.

Here's what you need to know.

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Sabres ink Bailey to 1-year deal

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Justin Bailey to a one-year, two-way contract with an AAV of $715,000.

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O'Regan, Baptiste sign 1-year deals

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forwards Daniel O'Regan and Nicholas Baptiste to one-year, two-way contracts with average annual values of $874,125 and $787,500, respectively, at the NHL level.

Acquired by Buffalo in February 2018, O'Regan (5'10", 185 lbs., 1/30/1994) recorded four assists in a career-high 21 NHL games spent with the Sabres and San Jose Sharks in his second professional season in 2017-18. The Berlin, Germany native made his professional debut in 2016-17, leading the San Jose Barracudas and all AHL rookies with 58 points (23+35) in 63 games to earn the Red Garrett Award as the AHL rookie of the year.

 

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Sabres sign Malone to 1-year contract

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Sean Malone to a one-year, two-way contract worth $787,500 at the NHL level.

Malone (6'0", 197 lbs., 4/30/1995) made his NHL debut in the last game of 2016-17 before completing his first full professional season in 2017-18. In 73 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL) last season, he recorded 22 points (12+10) and added two assists in three playoff contests. The Buffalo, New York native's 12 goals ranked second among Amerks rookies.

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Sabres hire Steve Smith as assistant coach

Coach comes to Buffalo after 4 seasons with Carolina

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has added Steve Smith to the club's existing coaching staff in the role of assistant coach.

A nine-year NHL coaching veteran, Smith joins the Sabres after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was responsible for the team's defensemen and penalty kill. The Hurricanes allowed the second-fewest shots per game (28) of any NHL team during his tenure.

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Sabres sign Dahlin to entry-level contract

No. 1 pick agrees to 3-year deal

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Rasmus Dahlin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Dahlin (6'3", 185 lbs., 4/13/2000) was taken by Buffalo with the first overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft last month in Dallas. He became just the third player to be taken No. 1 overall by the Sabres, joining Gilbert Perreault (1970) and Pierre Turgeon (1987).

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Sharpen Up: July 9, 2018

What you need to know heading into this week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Summer rolls on.

Here's what you need to know.

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Eichel to wear No. 9 starting in 2018-19

For fans that currently own official-licensed Eichel No. 15 jerseys, Sabres Store to offer credit toward purchase of new Eichel No. 9 jersey

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that forward Jack Eichel will wear No. 9 on his jersey starting during the 2018-19 season.

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Thompson excited for more responsibility with Sabres

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

Tage Thompson was sitting in his living room with his father, Brent, when he took a call from St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on Sunday night. Armstrong informed Thompson that he had been traded to Buffalo, part of a package sent to the Sabres in exchange for forward Ryan O'Reilly. 

Initially, Thompson was thrown off; recent conversations with his agent had suggested that his status in St. Louis was secure. But as he broke down the situation with his father, an NHL player himself for eight seasons and now a coach in the New York Islanders organization, the shock transformed into excitement. 

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