Sam Reinhart and the Sabres play on NBC New Year's Day. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres to appear on national TV seven times in 2017-18

The Buffalo Sabres will make seven appearances on national television in 2017-18, the NHL announced today.

The schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 24 vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Columbus, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

Tuesday, Nov. 7 vs. Washington, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)

Tuesday, Dec. 19 vs Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Sunday, Jan. 1 vs. New York Rangers, 1 p.m. (2018 Winter Classic on NBC)

Thursday, Jan. 18 at New York Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Monday, ... Read the full article

Sam Reinhart plays against the Penguins on March 21. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

2017-18 Sabres schedule features early date with Golden Knights

CHICAGO – Two games against the expansion Vegas Golden Knights and a home-and-home series with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in early December are among the highlights of the 82-game 2017-18 Buffalo Sabres schedule the NHL released Thursday.

Some other notable dates, stretches and nuggets:

– The Sabres play the Golden Knights first the first time Oct. 17 in Vegas, the close of a four-game road trip that includes dates with the San Jose ... Read the full article

Robin Lehner and the Sabres will play Pittsburgh twice in the preseason. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Sabres announce 2017 preseason schedule

BUFFALO – Below is the six-game preseason schedule the Sabres announced this morning. The highlights include three home games at KeyBank Center, another trip to Penn State and two tilts against the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Two games against the Penguins might be Jason Botterill’s doing. The new general manager was hired away from Pittsburgh last month.

Sept. 18           Carolina at Buffalo                 7 p.m.              KeyBank Center

Sept. 19           Pittsburgh at Buffalo              7 p.m.              Pegula ... Read the full article

Sam Reinhart (23) will be one of the Sabres to watch closely throughout camp following a breakout season. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres to open training camp Sept. 23 at HarborCenter

BUFFALO – The Sabres will open training camp Sept. 23 in a different venue than past years, the team announced this afternoon.

HarborCenter, the Sabres’ two-rink practice facility they recently used for development camp, will host the early sessions of training camp to start the 2016-17 season. The sessions are free and open to the public. Practices will move to the First Niagara Center once the exhibition schedule starts.

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John Muse was a star at Boston College. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres sign defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer to 1-year deal; Amerks ink goalie John Muse

BUFFALO – The Sabres added defense depth for the AHL today, signing Erik Burgdoerfer to a one-year, two-way contract.

He will most likely start next season with the Rochester Americans.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Burgdoerfer, 27, spent last season with the AHL Hershey Bears, compiling six goals, 20 points and 59 penalty minutes in 74 games.

Burgdoerfer mostly played in the ECHL for four seasons before moving up to the AHL in 2014-15. The East Setauket ... Read the full article

Zemgus Girgensons and the Sabres open the preseason schedule Sept. 26 against Minnesota. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres announce 2016 preseason schedule

BUFFALO – Five of the Sabres’ seven preseason games this year are away from the First Niagara Center, including four neutral-site contests, the team announced this morning.

The Sabres start the exhibition slate Sept. 26 against the Minnesota Wild at Penn State University, the first pro game at the arena funded by a $102 million donation by Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula.

The game was moved from Rochester because the Sabres believe the Blue ... Read the full article

Auston Matthews should visit Buffalo with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 3. ©2016, Margaret Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ 2016-17 schedule features long trips; Dan Bylsma close to making hires

BUFFALO – After the Sabres open their season Oct. 13 at home against the Montreal Canadiens, they start a four-game road trip – longer than any swing they had last season – three days later against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

That’s just one notable stretch of the 82-game 2016-17 schedule the NHL released Tuesday.

The Sabres, who went 19-17-5 on the road last season, better get comfortable playing away from the First Niagara ... Read the full article

Jack Eichel and the Sabres open the season Oct. 13. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres hit road early in 2016-17 season

BUFFALO – After the Sabres open their season Oct. 13 at home against the Montreal Canadiens, they start a four-game road trip – longer than any swing they had last season – three days later against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

That’s just one notable stretch of the 82-game 2016-17 schedule the NHL released this afternoon.

The Sabres, who went 19-17-5 on the road last season, better get comfortable playing away from the First ... Read the full article

Captain Brian Gionta's Sabres open against Montreal. ©2016, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ home opener set for Oct. 13

BUFFALO – The Sabres will open their 2016-17 home schedule Oct. 13 against the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL announced this afternoon.

What about the rest of the slate? Well, you have to wait for it. It’s coming at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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Sabres coach Dan Bylsma (left) and general manager Tim Murray speak at a news conference in June. ©2015, Margaret Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres release training camp roster and early schedule

BUFFALO – Sabres veterans report for training camp physicals Thursday and have their first on-ice session of the 2015-16 season – aka, “The Jack Eichel era” – Friday. Here’s the complete schedule for the first week the team released today.

A roster is below. All sessions are at the First Niagara Center unless noted.

Thursday

Players testing and physicals.

Friday

Session one: 9-9:45 a.m.

Scrimmage: 10-10:45 a.m.

Session two: 11-11:45 a.m.

Session three: 12-1:30 p.m.... Read the full article