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As war of words escalates, NHLPA expresses interest in meeting despite league's call for moratorium

The war of words is back on. It remains to be seen whether the word "compromise" is in hockey's future.

The NHL Players' Association responded to the league's call for a two-week moratorium on talks late Thursday night, and the union's initial thought is there's no reason for an official halt.

"We believe that it is more likely that we will make progress if we meet than if we don't," special counsel Steve Fehr said in a statement. "So we are ready to meet. If indeed they do not want to meet, it will be at least the third time in the last three months that they have shut down the dialogue, saying they will not meet unless the players meet their preconditions.

"What does that tell you about their interest in resolving this?"

The NHL says it asked for the moratorium because union officials had no interest in a new collective bargaining agreement. NHLPA Executive Director is expected to take the league's request to the players today before issuing a response.

"I find it incredible that the union is suggesting that we are somehow 'close' to a deal," NHL Deputy Commission Bill Daly said in an email to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "They have utterly refused to negotiate for months. They have made essentially one proposal -- five times. They continue to request a 'guaranteed' players share as part of the next agreement and we repeatedly tell them maybe they should get a reality check.

"In the mean time, maybe they can make their position clear to us on 50-50, on the make-whole and on player contracting issues."

---John Vogl

Frustrated NHL reportedly requests two-week moratorium on talks, says union leaders have 'no genuine interest' in deal

The NHL lockout is getting worse. The league says it is so frustrated by talks with the NHL Players’ Association that it wants to put an official halt on negotiations.

The league asked union officials for a two-week moratorium on negotiations Thursday, according to multiple reports. The sides haven’t talked since Sunday after falling further apart on various collective bargaining issues.

“We are extremely disappointed in where we and the players find ourselves," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told TSN.ca. "From our perspective, we have made repeated moves in the players' direction with absolutely no reciprocation. Unfortunately, we have determined we are involved with union leadership that has no genuine interest in reaching an agreement. Regardless of what we propose or how we suggest to compromise the answer is ‘no.’

“At some point you just have to say ‘enough is enough.’”

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr reportedly will take the league’s moratorium request to the players today before responding.

The league has already canceled all games through November, and the window to avoid further cancellations is rapidly closing. In order to start the season Dec. 1, a date that would include seven days of training camp, a new CBA needs to be completed by next Friday.

The sides talked extensively last week, meeting nearly every day. But tempers flared as the weekend approached and negotiations ground to a halt.

“I'm more discouraged now than I have been at any point in the process,” Daly told the Canadian Press.

---John Vogl

Ever the optimist, LaFontaine hopes to see NHL on the ice before Christmas

This is the third lockout for Commissioner Gary Bettman. The first, in 1994-95, resulted in a shortened, 48-game season. The second, in 2004-05, saw the whole year wiped out.

This time, Pat LaFontaine hopes the NHL has learned enough to know that some games are better than none.

LaFontaine, in Buffalo to participate in a Sabres Alumni Association fundraiser Wednesday night, foresees at least some hockey in 2012-13. He played for the Sabres during Bettman's first lockout and can imagine a similar scenario.

"They’ve obviously done this before," LaFontaine said. "They’ve obviously lost a season before. But I’m fairly optimistic you’ll see some kind of agreement by Dec. 1. I believe that. I feel real strongly that knowing what it was like to lose a season, knowing what it was like to gain a half-season, they’ve been through both sides and know the importance of needing to have at least a half-season or more.

"I’m fairly optimistic that we’ll see hockey. I hope before Christmas, but I think worst-case scenario – I’m an optimistic person – I see at least a half a season."

---John Vogl

Poll: Will the NHL have a season in 2012-13?

There is little optimism at the moment for hockey people. The NHL and its players' association are still far from an agreement, as you can read in our Q & A breakdown today. The next cancellation of games is a little more than a week away, and the sides don't have meetings scheduled.

So, it's time to re-poll the fans ...

---John Vogl

Sabres' Jeanneret receives 'honor of a lifetime' with Hockey Hall of Fame recognition

TORONTO -- Surrounded by family and friends, Rick Jeanneret reached the pinnacle of his professional today. The Sabres' longtime play-by-play announced received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, an excellence in broadcasting honor that includes a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"It's the honor of a lifetime," Jeanneret said.

The announcer, who has been calling Sabres games since 1971, reflected on all his time on the road. He said he's spent two years in Marriott hotels alone, and that doesn't include all the other brands.

"Was it all worth it?" Jeanneret asked. "Rick Jeanneret, Foster Hewitt? You're damn right it was worth it."

The full audio of Jeanneret's acceptance speech is below.

---John Vogl

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Gap widens between NHL, NHLPA as fourth day of talks head south

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — A fourth straight day of NHL labor talks failed to bring the league and its locked-out players any closer to a deal that would put hockey back on the ice and save the season.

In fact, the gap between the fighting factions might have gotten even wider on a failed Friday.

After three consecutive seemingly positive days of talks this week, discussions turned a bit sour when negotiations ended for the night. The union was under the impression the numbers suggested they were nearer to an agreement with the league. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman disagreed.

"Gary made a comment (Thursday) that there is still a lot of work to do. I think, given today's session, there is still a lot of work to do," Fehr said. "We looked at some of the numbers on the various proposals and we thought we were much closer together on the structure of a deal than the suggestions were. They came back to us and said, 'No, we are very very far apart on the structure of the deal.'"

There were vocal disagreements at the end of the session, and the union team went back to its office to hold a conference call with the executive board and other players. The union is beginning to feel that the NHL isn't ready to make a deal now, even if the players were suddenly willing to accept the league's offer in full — which they are not.

"We talked back and forth a little bit, and at one point the question was asked: 'If the players would agree to everything that's in your financial proposal, what you're saying is you still won't make an agreement unless the players give up everything in all of the player-contracting rights in your proposal? The answer was, 'Yes, because that's what we want,'" Fehr said. "One wonders if that's really the case. How do you get there from here?

"Given where we are, we're going to reconvene internally (Saturday) morning and we'll come to grips with where we are and try to figure out what we'll do next. I don't know what will happen next."

Bettman declined to reveal what was discussed or where the disagreements lie. He also wouldn't characterize the mood of the talks.

"I am not going into the details of what takes place in the room," he said. "I really apologize but I do not think it would be constructive to the process. I don't want to either raise or lower expectations. I won't be happy until we get to the end result and that means we're playing again."

Fehr said he expects the sides will get back together Saturday, but there is no way to gauge what the feeling in the room will be when they get there.

The union also fought to put out internal fires on Friday after a memo to players summarizing Thursday's negotiations was leaked to the media. That led to suggestions that the players' association didn't fully convey the owners' most recent proposal to its membership accurately or completely.

Fehr sternly shot down the report as false, if for no other reason that there were players present at the negotiations when the offer was put forward.

"Their proposal is made in front of players in the room who hear it," Fehr said. "It's made in front of staff who hear it, it's made in front of former players who hear it. They're on the phone talking to everybody on an ongoing basis afterward.

"Owners can't come to meetings when they want to hear stuff directly, but every single player can at the union's expense. Come hear it for himself, make the judgments, and all the rest of it."

Ron Hainsey, the player representative for the Winnipeg Jets, backed up Fehr's assertion in full.

"Every player is welcome in every meeting," the defenseman said. "Every player has the ability to get in touch with Don via phone, via email, or get in touch with me or any member of the negotiating committee via phone, via email. This notion that something was hidden over the past 24 or 48 hours is totally inaccurate. We feel that this should put this issue to rest.

"Obviously there aren't 30 owners in the room, there aren't 700 players, but we make sure everyone who wants to know exactly what's going on ... we're taking calls every night. It was a memo to summarize as quick as possible for players. At the end of that memo I believe it says if you want exact details of the offer, call us or email us."

Players made a pair of proposals Wednesday, and the NHL responded with one Thursday. No new official offers were exchanged Friday, but there was give and take during discussions throughout the day. The last of three sessions centered on the core economic issues keeping the sides apart, and it broke up after about two hours.

Bettman said the league is ready to continue talking as soon as the union wants.

"Whatever it takes. We're available," Bettman said. "It's always better to be together and talk when there is something to talk about. I am not getting into the specifics. When you're in a process like this, you're really not watching the calendar. I'm not sure I can tell you what day it is."

That could change soon if a deal isn't struck.

The 55-day-old lockout has already caused the league to call off 327 regular-season games, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic in Michigan, and the NHL has said a full season won't be played. The league is in danger of having a lockout wipe out a full season for the second time in seven years.

Bettman is scheduled to attend Hockey Hall of Fame inductions Monday night in Toronto, but developments in negotiations could prevent that.

"That's my plan (to attend), but if there is a reason to be doing something else, as much as I enjoy the Hall of Fame inductions, if there is something else that is pending, that would take precedence," he said.

The lockout began Sept. 16 after the collective bargaining agreement expired, and both sides rejected proposals Oct. 18. The players' association has agreed to a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues, but that division wouldn't kick in until the third year of the deal.

During a second consecutive day of marathon negotiations Wednesday, the players' association made an offer on revenue sharing in which richer teams would help out poorer organizations, and another proposal regarding the "make-whole" provision that would guarantee full payment of all existing multiyear player contracts.

Revenue sharing and the make-whole provision are major hurdles. Both sides have made proposals that included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues. The NHL has moved toward the players' side on the "make-whole" provision and whose share of the economic pie that money will come from.

The NHLPA estimates that about $590 million is needed to guarantee the amount left to be paid to players on the "make-whole" provision, but so far the league is only offering $211 million.

Along with the split of hockey-related revenue and other core economic issues, the sides must also agree on contract lengths, arbitration and free agency.

The union accepted a salary cap in the previous labor pact, which wasn't reached until after the entire 2004-05 season was canceled because of a lockout. The union doesn't want to absorb the majority of concessions this time after the NHL had record revenue that exceeded $3 billion last season.

Players believe that dropping their share of hockey-related revenue from 57 percent to 50 percent is already a major concession on their part.

Video: Jeanneret and his mom are ready for trip to Hockey Hall of Fame

 

Rick Jeanneret appreciated the attempts to honor him through the years, but the Sabres' legendary announcer told everyone they'd have to wait. He had no desire to enter any halls of fame while he was still working in Buffalo's booth.

That changed after a chat with Michael Gilbert, the Sabres' vice president of public and community relations. They talked about Jeanneret's relationship with his 92-year-old mother, Kay, and how much it would mean to her to see her son honored.

After watching Jeanneret get inducted into the Sabres' Hall of Fame, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame and the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the last year, Kay will accompany her son to Toronto on Monday for the biggest honor yet -- a place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"She’s 92 and she’s pumped," Jeanneret said today in First Niagara Center. "I just talked to her a little while ago, and she’s ready to roll.

"I was going to wait for my career to be over before I allowed my name to be nominated for any of the halls. Once I sat down and talked to [Gilbert], and we talked about my mother and thought that maybe we should do this while she’s still around and she can appreciate it, even though I knew and had a pretty good idea that once I accepted one there would be others. I’m running out of them now anyways.

"It seems like just about every month something has been going on, and this is really the ultimate one that will occur on Monday."

Jeanneret is this year's recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, awarded annually by the NHL Broadcasters' Association. The honorees are recognized with a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

He will join late Sabres play-by-play man Ted Darling in the hall and will be accompanied by about 15 family members on the trip north. He'll be carrying the thoughts of Sabres' fans, too.

"My association with the fans and Western New York has been incredible over the years, and it just continues to build every year," Jeanneret said. "It’s something that I’m very proud of and I treasure."

---John Vogl

Fehr tells players NHL is still looking for immediate 50-50 split, 'lot of work to be done'

It appears the first three days of talks between the NHL and the players' association were long on time but short on breakthroughs.

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr sent a memo to players following Thursday's meeting with the league, updating them on negotiations. Not much has changed.

"A significant gap remains," Fehr wrote in the memo, which was posted at TSN.ca. "We were told that the owners want an 'immediate reset' to 50/50 (which would significantly reduce the salary cap) and that their proposals to restrict crucial individual contracting rights must be agreed to. As you know, these include - among other things - losing a year of salary arbitration eligibility, allowing the team to file for salary arbitration in any year that the player can file, extending UFA eligibility to age 28 or 8 seasons, limiting contracts to 5 years, and permitting only 5% year to year variability in player contracts. Individually each is bad for players; taken together they would significantly reduce a player's bargaining power and give the owner much more leverage over a player for most if not all of his career.

"In short, the concessions on future salary we have offered (at least $948 Million to $1.25 Billion over five years, depending on HRR growth) are not enough. We are still being told that more salaries must be conceded, and that very valuable player contracting rights must be surrendered. So, while we are meeting again, and while some steps are being taken, there is still a lot of work to be done and bridges to be crossed before an agreement can be made."

The sides are conducting a series of meetings today in New York. It is the fourth straight day of talks, with the league and union having met for about 18 hours during the first three days.

---John Vogl

NHL, NHLPA schedule fourth straight day of labor talks but stay tight-lipped on state of negotiations

The NHL and its players’ association have gone weeks without talking for much of the lockout. They’ve suddenly become chatterboxes. They are set for their fourth straight day of meetings Friday in New York.

Whether all that talk will lead to a season is still to be determined.

“The fact is we have a lot of work to do, and we’re working hard,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters tonight in Manhattan. “My hope is that we can achieve the goal of getting a long-term, fair agreement in place as quickly as possible so we can play hockey.”

Neither Bettman nor Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, would assess whether the sides are any closer to a collective bargaining agreement.

“We’re working and in a process now of a series of meetings,” Bettman said. “Hopefully, it leads us to the right place.”

The union made two offers to the league Wednesday night, according to the Canadian Press, and the NHL responded today. It’s expected the players will answer back Friday.

“You hear things and you need to think about it, you need to work on it,” Fehr told reporters. “You need to formulate an appropriate response. Sometimes that becomes more difficult if you talk publicly about it before you've gone through the work.

“I'm not going to characterize it except to say as I have before that it's always better when you're meeting than when you're not.”

The sides met for five hours today, bringing their three-day total to about 18 hours. Prior to Tuesday, their last formal negotiation was Oct. 18.

Both parties were full of bluster following that ill-fated meeting, but they’ve been almost silent as to whether this round of talks has been productive or not. If Friday’s negotiations fail to lead toward a compromise, though, it’s possible the meetings could stop again.

“It’s very tough to handicap,” Bettman said. “Every day that passes I think is critical for the game and for our fans.”

The sides had been meeting in an “undisclosed location” all week, but reporters discovered the hideout today. It was a Midtown law office that represents the league and once employed Bettman.

“How did you find us?” Bettman asked with grin. “You followed the players? Oooh, who did you follow?”

After not receiving an answer, the commissioner chuckled and said, “You don’t give up your sources?”

---John Vogl

Video: Bettman says NHL, NHLPA 'have a lot of work to do'

The NHL and its players' association have wrapped up their third straight day of talks in New York City, and they'll come back together for a fourth Friday.

"The fact is we have a lot of work to do, and we’re working hard," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in Manhattan. "Collective bargaining is a process, and it has peaks and valleys, and ebbs and flows, and it’s very tough to handicap."

The full video of Bettman's talk is below.

---John Vogl

NHL, NHLPA wrap up labor talks after six hours, plan to meet again Thursday

The NHL and its players’ association again conducted lengthy and reportedly meaningful talks today in New York. The sides met in a secret location for nearly six hours after talking for seven Tuesday.

Neither side provided an update upon conclusion of the talks tonight. They said they will meet again Thursday.

Revenue sharing among teams was reportedly a main topic of discussion. The union’s previous proposals have urged the NHL to boost cash flow from money-making teams to struggling organizations. Though the league’s most recent offer increased revenue sharing to $200 million annually, the total was still well short of the players’ goal.

According to the New York Post, the NHL has shown a willingness to back off its proposed five-year limit on contracts. The newspaper also reported the sides discussed amnesty buyouts. Following the 2004-05 lockout, teams were given six days to terminate and buy out player contracts.

The sides also reportedly discussed the NHL’s “make whole” concept, which would repay players’ salaries at a later date in the event they are trimmed in the early years of a new CBA. There has been disagreement over how the program would be funded.

---John Vogl

Report: Sabres' Hodgson breaks bone in hand, out a 'couple of weeks' for Amerks

Cody Hodgson, scheduled to center one of the Sabres' top two lines should the NHL lockout end, has suffered a broken bone in his right hand and will be out a "couple of weeks," the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Hodgson told the newspaper he was slashed by Adirondack defenseman Brandon Manning on Oct. 27. The Amerks' center played with the injury Friday night against Hamilton but skipped Saturday's rematch and had a splint on his hand, according to Rochester reporter Kevin Oklobzija.

The Amerks have moved left wing Luke Adam back to center in Hodgson's absence.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are meeting in New York for the second straight day. Should they make immediate progress on a collective bargaining agreement, the Sabres would be extremely thin at center. The only natural middle men on the roster would be Tyler Ennis, Matt Ellis and Cody McCormick, though wingers Steve Ott and Ville Leino could be moved to center. Junior star Mikhail Grigorenko is also eligible for a nine-game tryout.

---John Vogl

Sabres unite Perreault, Robert, Gare, LaFontaine through 'Rafters Club'

The Sabres have retired the numbers of six players. The four who are alive are joining to promote the team's community work.

Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, Danny Gare and Pat LaFontaine are members of the new "Rafters Club," the team announced today. The Sabres' legends will work with the team's alumni association and appear in public to draw attention to the community initiatives the group is involved with throughout the year.

"Our organization has always placed great emphasis on history and tradition," Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement. "In bringing these players back to serve as our team ambassadors, we’re hoping to further strengthen our connection to the team’s past while also finding ways to better our community. These guys carry enormous significance in this city, and we know they’re going to do a lot of good."

The first event for the Rafters Club will be the ninth annual Sabres Alumni Wine Festival next Wednesday in First Niagara Center. Proceeds from the event, which will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m., will benefit the Breast Cancer Prevention and Education Bus.

The late Richard Martin and Tim Horton also have their jersey numbers retired in Buffalo.

--John Vogl

What's the Russian word for 'goal?' Grigorenko knows

Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko and the Russians opened the annual Subway Super Series with a convincing 6-2 victory over the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Monday night.

Grigorenko, drafted by Buffalo with the 12th overall pick in June, had a goal (video below) and assist for Russia in the first game of the exhibition series. Game Two is Wednesday.

---John Vogl

Shhhh! The NHL and NHLPA are meeting

If you work hard and give 110 percent, you will learn there are cliches for every situation. One of the most common in terms of negotiating is that things are going well when it's quiet.

Well, the NHL and NHL Players' Association shot that to h-e-double-hockey-sticks the last few months because, except for a few rare moments, they haven't said much to anybody (including the other party). But today is going to be quiet time, at least for a little while.

The sides are set to negotiate in New York late this afternoon, and they've announced they'll keep the location secret. Manhattan has a lot of buildings, so the search for the site of the talks will be difficult.

(If I were doing the planning, I'd pick Katz's Deli, the Chrysler Building, Birdland Jazz Club, Carolines on Broadway or the Gapstow Bridge.)

The NHL will not have media availability following the talks, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, but the NHLPA will talk. The talks, which are the first since the sides angrily split at union headquarters Oct. 18, could go a long way toward determining whether the NHL will return in December.

---John Vogl

Sabres' Enroth signs with team in Sweden

Thomas Vanek is done playing in Europe, and Jhonas Enroth is finally starting.

The Sabres' backup goaltender has signed with Almtuna in Sweden. His contract runs through Jan. 6, but likely has a termination clause should the lockout end.

"They were interested and needed a keeper," Enroth said according to a translation of a team news release. "It suited me fine."

Including Vanek, who is heading back from Austria, the Sabres have had seven players sign overseas: Christian Ehrhoff and Alexander Sulzer (Germany), Tyler Ennis and Tyler Myers (Switzerland), Andrej Sekera (Slovakia) and Enroth.

---John Vogl

Sabres' Vanek on his way back to Buffalo after time playing in Austria ends

Thomas Vanek's time is in his homeland is up.

The Sabres' forward has bid farewell to Austria and is returning to Buffalo after spending a month playing for Graz. Vanek recorded five goals and 15 points in 11 games.

"Goodbye Austria!" Vanek wrote on Twitter. "Looking forward to get back to the US and see my Wife and boys!

"Thank you/Danke to all the fans in Austria especially GRAZ 99ers Fans! You guys are great and I will never forget!! Also, thanks to the 99ers team, made many new friends!"

A new blog was also posted on Vanek's Website today, with the forward saying he made the right decision to head to Austria rather than stay in Buffalo during the lockout.

"There’s good, fast hockey played here in Austria," Vanek wrote. "My decision to come to play here was the right one.

"I really don’t know how things are going to unfold in the next weeks. First of all, I’m on my way back home to Buffalo and my family now. I missed Ashley and the kids a lot. I get asked if I’ll return after the international break all the time. That may well be, but certainly not right after the break. I want to wait how the negotiations between league and PA are going. It seems as if things are going forward a bit.

"So, once again: thank you very much for your support. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I will never forget this month. Now it’s cross your fingers so we have NHL hockey back soon!"

---John Vogl

NHL cancels Winter Classic, will keep next one in Detroit

As expected, the NHL has canceled the Winter Classic.

The league took an ax to its marquee event this afternoon, making the New Year's Day outdoor game the latest casualty of the lockout. Detroit was supposed to host Toronto in Michigan Stadium.

"The logistical demands for staging events of this magnitude made today's decision unavoidable. We simply are out of time," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "We are extremely disappointed, for our fans and for all those affected, to have to cancel the Winter Classic and Hockeytown Winter Festival events."

There were two weeks of events scheduled for downtown Detroit leading up to the big game, including college, minor- and junior-league games. With no sign of the labor fight between the NHL and its players' association ending, the league decided to take the guesswork out of the event.

The league said it will stage the next Winter Classic in the same venues, presumably in 2013-14.

---John Vogl

'Try Hockey for Free Day' is Saturday

Children who want to play hockey will get the chance to try it free Saturday in rinks throughout Western New York and the United States.

"Try Hockey for Free Day" is set to return during the second annual Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort established by USA Hockey, the NHL and its member clubs. Boys and girls ages 4 to 9 will receive free use of equipment and ice.

The full list of New York rinks participating can be found here, and it includes:

Bud Bakewell Rink/Riverside Ice Rink 9-10:55 a.m.

Hockey Outlet 10:20-11:20 a.m.

Jamestown Savings Bank Arena 3-4 p.m.

Holiday Twin Rinks 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Northtown Center at Amherst 5-6:50 p.m.

---John Vogl

With Winter Classic likely next on NHL chopping block, a look back at the first one in Buffalo

Today we shared the story of one casualty of the lockout, James Durham, a minor-league player who lost his job because of the trickledown effect caused by NHLers playing in the AHL.

The next story appears to be the demise of the Winter Classic.

It's being widely rumored and reported that this season's outdoor game, set to be the biggest ever with Detroit hosting Toronto in 110,000-seat Michigan Stadium, will be canceled either today or Friday.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association still haven't resumed negotiations since rejecting proposals in mid-October, and a $250,000 deposit to the University of Michigan is reportedly due Friday to hold the Big House for New Year's Day.

The Winter Classic remains a special event for fans in Buffalo, who hosted the inaugural event Jan. 1, 2008. Here is a video reminder of the Sabres meeting the Penguins in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

---John Vogl

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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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