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Newest Sabre Konopka finally on plane to Buffalo after travel travails

By John Vogl

With bitter cold and rapidly piling snow across North America, it hasn't been an easy week for travelers. Zenon Konopka is the one of the many to discover that fact.

The Sabres claimed the center at noon Friday, which started his journey from Minnesota to Buffalo. He packed and went to the airport and made it to LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Then everything fell apart, according to his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

His flight to Buffalo was canceled, which left him in long lines for rebooking with unhappy agents. He had equally long lines for his luggage.

Konopka left LaGuardia without success and arrived at JFK Airport this morning. He was far from the only person at Terminal 5, which was its usual gong show with overflowing crowds (and, based on past experience, poorly timed TSA shifts).

He made it through security to his plane. While the 6-foot, 213-pounder got stuck with a middle seat, he's apparently finally on his way to Buffalo for tonight's game against the Devils.

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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.

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