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Enough already

Is the hysteria over? Can we all move along with the hockey season now?

Seems like a good thing the Sabres were out of town yesterday so they could focus on their solid performance in Pittsburgh rather than deal with the inevitable foolishness the talking heads might have put them through in response to the upcoming story about a potential sale. I think I may have laughed the loudest at Channel 4, which aired this ridiculous and irresponsible Web poll during its newscast: "If the Sabres are sold, will they move out of Buffalo?"

HELLO? What's in the water in the newsroom on Elmwood Avenue? Even the author of the story, former colleague Jim Kelley, reminds us today that his piece "did not say the team is in danger of moving." Think the NHL is going to allow a team in Buffalo -- one of its three or four strongest US markets in terms of support AND television ratings -- to move somewhere and keep franchises in places like South Florida, Phoenix, Atlanta and Nashville? Please. What city did the league choose to put its outdoor game in last year?

Show some basic understanding of the sport. This isn't the NFL. If I'm on the sports staff at Ch. 4, I'm in the news director's office today asking, "Knock-knock, anyone home?"

Frankly, this story coming out is much ado about nothing. Everyone needs to go back and read John Vogl's post from Monday, print it out, put it on a sticky note and read it again the next time some Web site, niche publication or broadcast outlet has some "hot inside rumors" from anonymous sources about Tom Golisano's dealings.

End of rant.

---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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