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GIVE NEW GUYS A CHANCE

I don't know why John Muckler was released by the Sabres. Perhaps it was the answer to an in-house problem or perhaps something else. But, when the deed was done a replacement was found.

I don't know why Ted Nolan rejected the contract extension. Perhaps he wanted to play the "I want more, I deserve more" game that is prevalent in the professional sports world today. Maybe he had other reasons.

In any event, after a reconsideration period, the offer was withdrawn, he left and a replacement was found. Muckler and Nolan had time to establish the respect they garnered; their replacements, put in unenviable situations, deserve as much.
BILL GUSTAFSON
South Wales, N.Y.

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