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Sabres’ Phil Housley Strongly Disagrees With Decision Not To Suspend Scott Hartnell

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Buffalo Sabres’ head coach Phil Housley isn’t too pleased with the decision to not suspend Nashville Predators’ forward Scott Hartnell for his vicious hit from behind that injured Victor Antipin.

“I do know that our player was taken off on a stretcher, has a broken nose, facial lacerations, and missing teeth,” Housley told the media on Monday, according to The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington.

“So in that respect, I strongly disagree with the NHL decision,” Housley continued. “It’s unfortunate for Victor … I just felt with that situation, (the ruling) wasn’t handled the right way.”

Antipin, who laid on the ice face down and motionless for several minutes, was eventually stretchered off the ice during the game.

You can see video of the hit below:

 

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Sabres Name Jack Eichel Captain

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The Buffalo Sabres have named Jack Eichel team captain, becoming the 28th captain in franchise history and the first player to wear the ‘C’ since Brian Gionta did from 2014 to 2017, as the team did not name a captain last season.

Eichel signed an eight-year, $80-million contract extension last season and has led Buffalo in points each of the last 2 years.

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Predators Acquire Nick Baptiste from Sabres for Jack Dougherty

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The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Nick Baptiste from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Jack Doughtery in a trade that was announced by both teams on Monday.

Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.

Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.

 

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Sabres Re-Sign Sam Reinhart

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The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year deal that pays $3.65 million annually, according to an official team press release.

Reinhart set new career highs in games played (82), goals (25), points (50), power-play goals (12) and power-play points (21) during the 2017-18 regular season.

 

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