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Well-deserved day off after big win

By Mike Harrington

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Barring something unforeseen, this figures to be a quiet Sunday in Sabreland. The team has canceled its scheduled practice in suburban Pittsburgh in the wake of Saturday's 5-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and will return to the ice Monday morning in Consol Energy Center for its pregame skate.

Likewise, the PIttsburgh Penguins have canceled their practice following Saturday's 3-0 loss in Dallas. The building is unavailable today due to a WWE card so both teams are taking their CBA-mandated days off today. Monday's game, remember, is a 7:30 start on the NBC Sports Network.

Here's a catchup on all the hockey coverage in today's Buffalo News:

---Murray wants rewards: In my exclusive pregame chat with Tim Murray, the new Sabres GM has plenty to say about his pending unrestricted free agents, meeting his players and what his future scouting plans are.

---Surprise win snaps Jackets' streak: In his first road game with the team, Murray saw the Sabres get two short-handed goals and shut down the Columbus power play entirely. Meanwhile, Ryan Miller badly outplayed Sergei Bobrovsky.

---John Vogl's Inside the NHL:  In the Florida Panthers' 20th anniversary season, New York investment mogul Vincent Viola is giving fans hope by telling GM Dale Tallon he can spend to the cap.

---A bizarre tale of NHL players' finances gone awry: Bucky Gleason and Dan Herbeck share the story of former Nichols hockey star Phil Kenner, who allegedly stole funds from 13 NHL clients. Many of them, including names such as Michael Peca and Joe Juneau, were former Sabres.

I'm off to trudge through the snow to get to the Burgh.

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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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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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