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Sabres' president 'very disappointed' that NHL, NHLPA have not come to agreement, shares fans' frustration

The Sabres, who are losing millions in revenue every week because owners elected to shut down the NHL, share in the pain of local businesses that are struggling because of the lockout. It appears they share in the frustration of fans, too.

“We empathize with the frustrations that small business owners and fans alike from the Buffalo area have in regards to the NHL Lockout,” Sabres President Ted Black said in a Buffalo News story about the economic impact of the work stoppage. "We understand that many businesses have been negatively impacted by the ongoing labor dispute."

The use of empathize rather than sympathize is interesting. The Sabres obviously can empathize in terms of finances (though to a wildy different degree than a small business). To admit to feeling the frustration of fans is very telling -- especially since lockout comments by league personnel are essentially prohibited.

The rest of Black's statement reads: "We are very disappointed the NHL and NHLPA have not been able to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. We continue to have full confidence the NHL will negotiate a fair agreement on our behalf and on behalf of all the other NHL Clubs.”

---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.

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