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Road, sweet road

Greetings from the Buffalo airport, where I await my late flight to LaGuardia. The Sabres are in New Jersey tonight and visit the New York Rangers on Thursday, which gets them away from the den of losses that is HSBC Arena.

The Sabres have yet to win at home and will go for their first again Saturday when Washington visits. The home games have featured boos, jeers and apathy. The latter had one notable exception. There was a sign at the previous home game that read "Fans Show Up ... Why Don't You?"

Fansign 
The sign-maker, Jessica LaPoint, plans to continue displaying her frustration.

"I am a season ticket holder since 2006 in the front row of Section 304," LaPoint told me in an e-mail. "I am a teacher who was laid off and now works a part time .4 position. I own 2 seats, selling my extra ticket to friends and strangers just so I can barely afford the rising costs. I go to every game and will post that sign every game until they wake up and start playing for the fans, for the city and for each other.

"It's not that I didn't expect much from them, it's that I guess I expect them to SHOW UP like I do every game. I pay to show up, they get PAID."

---John Vogl

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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.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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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.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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