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.

SABRES HIRE STEVE SMITH AS ASSISTANT COACH

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 11, 2018) — 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.

Prior to joining the Carolina coaching staff, the Glasgow, Scotland native served as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2010-11 to 2013-14 and for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98. His off-ice NHL experience is rounded out by two seasons as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10.

During his 16-season NHL playing career, Smith won three Stanley Cups (1987, 1988 and 1990) and appeared in one NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Oilers. In 804 total regular-season games as a defenseman with the Oilers, Blackhawks and Flames, Smith totaled 375 points (72+303). He added 52 points (11+41) in 134 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

SABRES SIGN DAHLIN TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 9, 2018) — 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).

The defenseman appeared in his second professional season in 2017-18, posting 20 points (7+13) and tying for fourth among all SHL defensemen with seven goals in 41 games. Through two SHL seasons, he has totaled 23 points (8+15) in 67 regular-season games, adding eight points (4+4) in 20 postseason contests.

A native of Lidköping, Sweden, Dahlin won a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. His six points (0+6), plus-7 rating and 23:08 average ice time at the tournament all led or tied to lead his team, helping him earn Best Defenseman honors and a spot on the tournament All-Star Team.

Dahlin also represented Sweden at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship as a 16-year-old and, at 17, was the youngest player at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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SABRES ACQUIRE FORWARD TRIO, TWO DRAFT PICKS FROM BLUES

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 1, 2018) — The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forwards Tage Thompson, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka, as well as a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forward Ryan O’Reilly.

Thompson (6’5”, 201 lbs., 10/30/1997) was St. Louis’ first-round pick (26th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut for the Blues in 2017-18, recording nine points (3+6) in 41 games. In 46 career AHL games for the Chicago Wolves and San Antonio Rampage, the forward has recorded 20 points (9+11) and added three points (2+1) in 10 AHL playoff contests.

Internationally, Thompson captured a gold medal with Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he scored a goal and added four assists in seven games. He also won bronze with the United States at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

A 10-year NHL veteran, Berglund (6’4”, 219 lbs., 6/2/1988) has recorded 322 points (168+154) in 694 NHL games, all with the Blues. The Västerås, Sweden native has amassed 10 or more goals in each of his 10 seasons and has reached the 20-goal mark three times. During his career, Berglund has also added 26 points (10+16) in 60 career playoff games.

Sobotka (5’10”, 184 lbs., 7/2/1987) joins the Sabres after recording a career-high 11 goals last season, after finishing his campaign with 31 points (11+20) in 81 games. The nine-year NHL veteran has tallied 155 points (47+108) in 463 career regular-season games. He also has 18 points (5+13) in 51 career playoff contests, including a playoff career-high six points (2+4) in 11 games during the 2016-17 playoffs.