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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

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.

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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.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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