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September 26, 2012

Locked-out Sabres pursuing new jobs

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AMHERST —

“I came out of there thinking, ‘Huh, this might take a while,’” Pominville said. “Now you start hearing guys saying the whole season might be lost and stuff like that. I’m still one of those that wants to stay optimistic we’ll get it done. Hopefully, it’s sooner than later. I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes a while.”

Defenseman Jordan Leopold, the Sabres’ player representative, said, “Speculation probably isn’t for us.”

“(NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr) said repeatedly, ‘You know, you can’t speculate. You can’t give timeframes,’” he said. “Things can change in a hurry.”

In the meantime, the Sabres staying in town would love to change their workouts. A real practice is impossible, however.

“There’s nothing we can possibly do that’s similar to when you have coaches out there,” Pominville said.

Retired teammates Jay McKee and Andrew Peters have added structure to the sessions, something Pominville appreciates. But with the Amerks and some others leaving, practicing and scrimmaging will become tougher with only about 10 players.

“It’s not the best, but it’s better than I thought it was going to be,” goalie Jhonas Enroth said about the workouts. “It helps a lot with Petey and Jay there.”

Enroth acknowledged he’s becoming antsy and frustrated waiting for his third NHL season to start.

“I feel like I’m losing time,” the 24-year-old said. “Pominville, (goalie) Ryan Miller, those guys have been in the league a while. I definitely want to get back and play in the league I’ve been dreaming of playing in for a long time.”

Enroth wants to play at home in Sweden, but several European leagues have been reluctant to welcome talent that could bolt back to the NHL.

“I’m waiting for the league back home to make a decision on NHL players,” he said.

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