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SABRES RELEASE 2018 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 11, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the roster for the team’s training camp, which begins Thursday, Sept. 13, when players are scheduled to report for testing and physicals.

**The full training camp roster can be found here.**

Beginning Friday, Sept. 14, the team’s practice sessions at Harborcenter will be open to the public, with practices broken down into multiple sessions throughout each day.

The Sabres will then open their preseason slate of games on Monday, Sept. 17, when the team takes on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. in Columbus. Buffalo then returns home the following night for a 7 p.m. faceoff at KeyBank Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The schedule for the first four days of training camp is below. All practice times are subject to change.

Schedule for first week of camp:

Thursday, Sept. 13

Players report for testing and physicals.

Closed to public. Media may attend for select player availability, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the press conference room.

 Friday, Sept. 14

Session one: 9:45 – 10:20 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 10:25 – 11:15 a.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Session two: 11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Saturday, Sept. 15

Session one: 9:45 – 10:20 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 10:25 – 11:15 a.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Session two: 11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Sunday, Sept. 16

Practice: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. (Both rinks)

Scrimmage: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (KeyBank Rink)

SABRES ANNOUNCE FULL ROSTER FOR 2018 PROSPECTS CHALLENGE

BUFFALO, N.Y. (September 4, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team’s full roster for the Prospects Challenge, which will run from Sept. 7 to 10 at Harborcenter.

**Buffalo’s Prospects Challenge roster can be found here.** 

The Sabres will be joined by the Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins to compete in a round-robin challenge featuring prospects from each team. The participating teams will each play three games during the course of the event, which will be held entirely at Harborcenter.

Tickets for the games are $10 and are available for purchase in person at the KeyBank Center Box Office, by phone at 1-888-223-6000 or online at Sabres.com.

A full game schedule for the Prospects Challenge is below:

Friday, Sept. 7

  • Pittsburgh vs. Boston, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.

 Saturday, Sept. 8

  • New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Boston, 7 p.m.

 Monday, Sept. 10

  • Boston vs. New Jersey, 9:30 a.m.
  • Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m.

TRAINING CAMP SET TO OPEN SEPT. 13

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 28, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will open its main training camp on Thursday, Sept. 13, when veteran players are scheduled to report for testing and physicals. Beginning Friday, Sept. 14, the team’s practice sessions at Harborcenter will be open to the public, with practices broken down into multiple sessions throughout each day.

The Sabres will then open their preseason slate of games on Monday, Sept. 17, when the team takes on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. in Columbus. Buffalo then returns home the following night for a 7 p.m. faceoff at KeyBank Center against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The full training camp roster and schedule will be announced at a later date. All practice times are subject to change.

Schedule for first week of camp:

Thursday, Sept. 13

Players report for testing and physicals.

Closed to public. Media may attend for select player availability, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the press conference room.

 Friday, Sept. 14

Session one: 9:45 – 10:20 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 10:25 – 11:15 a.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Session two: 11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Saturday, Sept. 15

Session one: 9:45 – 10:20 a.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 10:25 – 11:15 a.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Session two: 11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. (New Wave Energy Rink) / 12:25 – 1:15 p.m. (KeyBank Rink)

Sunday, Sept. 16

Practice: 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. (Both rinks)

Scrimmage: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. (KeyBank Rink)

SABRES SIGN SMITH TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 16, 2018) — 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.

After making his NHL debut with one assist in two games for the Sabres in 2016-17, Smith (5’11”, 181 lbs., 12/1/1994) completed his first full professional season in 2017-18 by tallying 44 points (17+27) in 57 AHL games with the Rochester Americans. His totals ranked third among Amerks skaters in points, tied for second in goals and tied for third in assists. Smith’s fast start in 2017-18 earned him a spot in the 2018 AHL All-Star Challenge, where he recorded five points (3+2) to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

Prior to signing with the Sabres as a free agent in March 2017, Smith finished his three-year college career at UMass Lowell with 125 points (56+69) in 120 games. Among his collegiate accolades were Hockey East All-Tournament Team selections in each of his final two seasons and a Hockey East Tournament MVP nod in 2017 following an eight-point (4+4) output in five games as a member of the champion River Hawks.

SABRES SIGN MALONE TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 12, 2018) — 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.

Drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Malone recorded 99 points (42+57) in 115 games for Harvard (ECAC) from 20123 to 2017 before turning pro. The forward ranked third on the team with 42 points (18+24) in 36 games during his senior campaign in 2016-17 and was named to the ECAC All-Tournament Team that season.