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All quiet in Sabreland for now, but Pens' Lemieux has his say

By Mike Harrington

As of 9:30 this morning, there are no updates from the Sabres or the NHL about the new CBA or the upcoming shortened season. And we may not get much for another day or two.

The Board of Governors will reportedly be meeting Wednesday in New York to ratify the deal and the 740-member NHLPA needs to do likewise. It seemed unrealistic to think lawyers would sign off quickly enough for training camp to start Wednesday and the season to start Jan. 15, and that appears to be the case.

By all accounts, it appears no official camp practices until Saturday (and maybe even Monday!) and no games until Jan. 19.

9:40 a.m. update: In Pittsburgh, Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle and CEO David Morehouse have just issued a joint statement that reads in part: "We offer our apology. There is nothing we can say to explain or excuse what has happened over the past four months. However, now that the NHL is back, we want to assure you that the Pittsburgh Penguins will do everything we can to regain your trust and show how much we value your amazing support."

As for the Sabres, if you want a hockey fix for now, you'll still have to settle for Sabres Classics on MSG. Tonight at 8 is Game Three of the 1998 Eastern Conference semifinals at Montreal, the double-overtime thriller won on a goal by captain Michael Peca.

A recap of our coverage in today's editions:

This is it. The lockout finally ended Sunday morning. I go through the particulars in today's main story, including reaction from the principals and from around the league.

Sabres players had lots to say Sunday via phone, text and Twitter. Will be at the Northtown Center later this morning to see who might be on the ice.

Bucky Gleason's column talks about how this is a long-awaited breakthrough for the little guy and he's not talking fourth-liners still making high six figures. He's talking ushers, security, ticket takers, vendors. The real people hurt by this thing.

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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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