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September 11, 2012

Sabres starting to make lockout plans



“It all depends on the situation over there with whatever team,” Myers said. “But, yeah, I would love to get games in.”

Pominville and center Tyler Ennis, still a restricted free agent, said they’d play overseas if a lockout dragged on.

“I don’t know if I would right away,” Pominville said. “If it gets extended, I’m the type of guy that doesn’t want to sit around. I’d like to play. At the same time, there’s a big process that has to be done with your insurance.”

Right now, Pominville’s hoping a stoppage wouldn’t last long. Training camp is still slated to start Sept. 21, so there’s a little time before major cancelations could start taking place.

“We’re optimistic that hopefully it doesn’t take long to get it done,” the veteran said about a new CBA. “But as of right now, it’s a little disappointing. … We still have a little bit of time after that to get a deal done. Hopefully, they’ll be talk, and hopefully we can get it done and not miss much.”

Pominville will be in New York today and Thursday. The two days might be as much about optics as sharing information. The show of solidarity will be strong, he said.

In 2005, owners won virtually everything they wanted in the expiring CBA, crushing the NHLPA. The union had a revolving door of executive directors until Donald Fehr, baseball’s former union head, took over in 2010.

“You want to know that we’re behind our union and we feel comfortable with our position and with what he can do for us,” Pominville said about Fehr. “To be honest with you, I think we have the best guy in place to make a deal that’s good for both sides. We have his trust. We’ll go from there.”

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