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Tracking the Sabres at the IIHF World Championship

by Sabres.com Staff @BuffaloSabres / Sabres.com

Ryan O'Reilly (Canada) and Johan Larsson (Sweden) are representing their countries at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, which is being held in Denmark throughout the month of May.

Check here daily for updates on the two forwards, and click here for schedules and more on the tournament. 

 

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Sabres to take on Blue Jackets in Kraft Hockeyville USA preseason game

Buffalo and Columbus will face off in Clinton, NY on Sept. 25

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

Clinton, New York, the winner of Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2018, will host the Buffalo Sabres® and Columbus Blue Jackets® NHL preseason game on September 25, 2018, Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today. 

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Sabres, Pilut agree to entry-level deal

Pilut was named the Swedish Hockey League's 2017-18 Defenseman of the Year

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Lawrence Pilut to a two-year, entry-level contract.

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Sharpen Up: May 14, 2018

Here's what you need to know this week

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The 2018 IIHF World Championship roars on and we're inching closer and closer to the start of our 2018 NHL Draft coverage.

Here's what you need to know.

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Amerks became 'family,' established winning culture under Taylor

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

It was a simple question, but one that left Linus Ullmark searching for an answer nonetheless. Much of that had to do with the timing - the Rochester Americans had just been swept in their first-round series against the Syracuse Crunch, a premature conclusion to their first postseason run in four years.

In the dressing room after the game, Ullmark was asked to describe what had been like to play with a group that described itself as 'special' so often this season. The goaltender, defined as much by his optimism as his skill in net, smiled. His eyes began to well. He began to speak, then stopped to take a deep breath. 

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Sharpen Up: May 7, 2018

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Action at the 2018 IIHF World Championship in Denmark is picking up, and we're getting closer and closer to the NHL Draft.

Here's what you need to know.

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O'Reilly, Larsson to represent countries at World Championship

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

For the past three years, the IIHF World Championship has concluded in familiar fashion - with Ryan O'Reilly and Canada playing for a medal. After settling for silver with a loss to Sweden last year, O'Reilly will try again for gold when the tournament begins in Denmark on Friday.

O'Reilly is one of two Buffalo Sabres competing in this year's tournament, along with Swedish forward Johan Larsson. O'Reilly will be looking for his third gold medal in four years; Larsson will be playing in the tournament for the first time since 2012. 

The Sabres were hopeful that forward Casey Mittelstadt would represent Team USA, but he was left off the roster due to a groin injury. General manager Jason Botterill said at the NHL Draft Lottery last Saturday that the injury should only take a couple weeks to heal. 

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Sabres sign Nelson to 2-year deal

by Sabres PR @SabresPR / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $812,500.

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Sharpen Up: April 30, 2018

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Buffalo won the lottery on Saturday so on June 22, they'll be picking first at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

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Botterill on winning Lottery: "I'm just very happy for our fanbase"

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber / Sabres.com

TORONTO - Jason Botterill insists he wasn't nervous in the days leading up to Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery. The outcome was out of his control, determined by the bounce of a ball. Plus, he believed that regardless of which picked they received - one through four - the Sabres would get a good player. 

It wasn't until it came down to Buffalo and Ottawa for the last of the top three spots that Botterill's nerves began to set in. Buffalo won the spot, becoming one of three finalists for the No. 1 pick along with Carolina and Montreal. 

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