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Welcome to September

I know some of you have those countdowns going: 20 days until the first training camp scrimmage and the third jersey unveiling, 22 days until the first preseason game, 27 until the first one at home and 40 until the season opener Oct. 10 against Montreal.

Has this been one loooooooooooooooooong offseason or what? Remember, the final home game was on March 30!!!!!

The biggest email I keep getting and one of the most common questions I see posted here is what's up with Jason Pominville. My advice to everyone on that front: Relax. The Sabres and agent Normand Dupont are still talking. And there's not nearly the urgency as there has been with other players in the past because Pominville, remember, will only be a restricted free agent next year.

That said, another big year from No. 29 would certainly put him at the forefront of getting some offers if the Sabres don't get something done with him. The way things have gone this summer, you have to be confident they will -- and who would have ever thought we'd be saying that 14 months ago?

Pominville wants to be part of the core and join longterm signees like Ryan Miller, Paul Gaustad, Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek. They'll get a deal done. There's money to do it too with Maxim Afinogenov and Tim Connolly set to come off the books after this year (no I don't expect either to be around for 2009-10, if they even make it to the end of this year with the team).

So are you confident a Pominville deal gets done soon?

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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