Sabres in talks with NHL to continue hosting rookie combine

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Sabres are in talks with the NHL to have Buffalo continue hosting the league's annual pre-draft rookie combine.

NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr said negotiations are ongoing and supports the Sabres' bid because of Buffalo's facilities. The combine is being held this week at the Buffalo's downtown HarborCenter hotel/hockey complex.

This is the second of a two-year deal the NHL awarded the Sabres to host the event, which was previously held in Toronto.

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What won't be coming to Buffalo is the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2018, to coincide with an outdoor game to be played during the 2018 World Junior Hockey championships.

A person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press the Sabres have dropped their interest in hosting the NHL's annual New Year's Day outdoor event because of logistics. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.