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Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the complete draft board after the completion of the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Buffalo Sabres plan ‘major announcement’ Monday

According to a report, the Buffalo Sabres have scheduled a press conference for a “major announcement” on Monday afternoon.

The Buffalo News reported that the Sabres sent out a “terse e-mail” announcing a 1 p.m. press conference for Monday that will include the NHL’s senior executive vice president of hockey operations, Colin Campbell.

There has been Internet chatter this weekend linking Buffalo to serving as the host for the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Sabres have also submitted a bid to host the NHL Scouting Combine at its new HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to open in October.

The combine has been held in suburban Toronto for many years.

The Sabres haven’t hosted the draft since 1998 and also played host to the event in 1991, the year Eric Lindros refused to come to the podium and put on a Quebec Nordiques’ sweater after being chosen No. 1 overall.

HarborCenter president John Koelmel is scheduled to be at Monday’s press conference, as are Sabres president Ted Black, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Jody Lemeo, the president and CEO of Kaleida Health.

There is also a Marriott hotel scheduled to open at HarborCenter in 2015 and could be used for league events in 2016.

Next year’s draft will be hosted by the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

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