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September 14, 2012

Sabres could sense lockout was inevitable

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AMHERST —

“While I don’t agree with hardly anything Gary says, we need teams in places like Phoenix. We need them in places like Florida. It’s because that’s relevant for TV.”

Regehr added: “(The league’s proposal) doesn’t fix the big problem with the NHL, which is the revenue disparity problem. We want to fix this thing once and for all as players.”

Miller, a youngster in the AHL when the last lockout hit, said players have planned for the worst and are better prepared for a stoppage than in 2004.

“They’re going to find a group that’s more educated, and when they try to tell us things, we’re going to go back and check on them, audit the numbers,” Miller said. “ … You can make numbers do whatever you want.”

Players will be free to sign elsewhere during the lockout, so the group of Sabres that have been skating together may soon scatter.

If Ehrhoff can work out the insurance, he plans to return to his native Germany and play for his hometown DEL club.

Miller’s heading back to his offseason home in Los Angeles soon and will treat the next month as summer training. He could think about playing somewhere else after that.

Regehr thought about joining his brother, Richie, in Sweden, but the SEL isn’t taking temporary NHL players. The 32-year-old, who only played for Team Canada and touring teams during the last lockout, plans to “sit tight” in Buffalo.

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