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Sabres Links: Kulikov introduced, Examining Free Agency Needs

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Draft weekend acquisition Dmitry Kulikov says he can be a "shutdown" defenseman for the Sabres.

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Sabres Links:

  • Looking at the Sabres depth chart for next season, as it stands today. There is room at center and left wing heading into free agency. [The Buffalo News]
  • Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov said he can be a "shutdown guy" on the Sabres' blue line. [Sabres.com]
  • Kulikov on his move to Buffalo: "Change is sometimes for the best" [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
  • The Sabres won't play a preseason game in Rochester because they don't feel Blue Cross Arena because they don't feel it is "up to the standards to play an NHL game" [Democrat and Chronicle]
  • Buffalo's rebuild took a big step forward at the 2016 NHL Draft [NHL.com]
  • Austin Osmanski's selection capped an emotional day fro the Buffalo native and his family [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

Around the League:

  • The Vancouver Canucks were fined $50,000 for tampering for GM Jim Benning's "candid" comments at the draft [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • NHL teams must consider the upcoming expansion draft in their offseason plans [Associated Press]
  • Quebec taxpayers spend hundreds of millions on an NHL-ready arena and didn't get a team [Deadspin]
  • Which five active players are shaping up to be the toughest calls for the Hall of Fame? [Sportsnet]