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The Morning After: The Sabres Are Undefeated

It’s only two games, but what a nice two games it’s been.

Arizona Coyotes v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images

Buffalo Sabres news and notes

  • The Rochester Americans open their AHL campaign on Sunday afternoon. Tune in on AHL TV (free preview!!) at 3 p.m. as they visit the Utica Comets. Before the game, check out Bryan’s in-depth look at this year’s roster. [Die by the Blade]
  • After Saturday’s Sabres game, Cody Eakin said the style of play the Sabres are utilizing “just kind of gets annoying to other teams.” It’s annoying, and it’s great. [The Buffalo News]
  • In case you missed it, the Sabres claimed depth defenseman Christian Wolanin off waivers. [WKBW]
  • Per reports, the Sabres will not retain salary in any Jack Eichel trade. [Sportsnet]
  • Buffalo is starting to establish its identity. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
  • Kyle Okposo looks like captain material. [The Athletic]
  • If you haven’t already read it, check out Okposo’s letter to the fans after Thursday’s home opener. [Sabres.com]

Around the NHL and hockey world

  • It doesn’t happen often, but the Washington Capitals successfully challenged for a ‘missed stoppage’ on Saturday, wiping out a goal by the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Scouting the Refs]
  • Due to COVID-19 concerns, the NHL will not allow teams to have their annual fathers’ and mothers’ trips this season. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Connor McDavid scored his 10th career hat trick. [NHL.com]
  • The Maple Leafs didn’t have enough cap space, so they used a University of Toronto netminder as their backup goaltender against the Senators on Saturday. What a night for Alex Bishop. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Katie Guay made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to referee a game in the American Hockey League. [Scouting the Refs]
  • Jamaica is looking to bring a hockey team to the 2026 Olympics. [NHL.com]
  • Michigan defeated Minnesota State to win the Ice Breaker Tournament. [MLive.com]
  • Robert Morris’ hockey teams are short on pledges but staying optimistic for reinstatement. [TribLive]
  • In local college hockey news, Canisius earned a split with RPI while Niagara prepares for a pair of games against Penn State (Thursday, Friday). Here’s a look at Saturday’s OTGWG: