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Sabres, Girgensons get some time on the national stage

Two national hockey writers -- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN and Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press -- spent much of last week in First Niagara Center. The stories about their experiences are available now.

LeBrun wrote about the contrast between burgeoning Buffalo and the sinking Sabres.

"You can't help but feel the excitement that exudes from Ted Black as he points to the surrounding area," LeBrun wrote after meeting with the Sabres' president in Canalside. "But then your mind drifts back to the hockey team."

The hockey team, as we illustrated in The News on Thursday, is a mess.

"They're tanking, we all know that, but how do you prove it?" one Western Conference executive told LeBrun this week, according to the story.

Meanwhile, Whyno prepared a story about Latvia as Zemgus Girgensons gets ready to be an All-Star this weekend.

"Outside of Canada, there are very few countries where hockey is far and away the most popular sport," Whyno wrote. "Latvia is one of them."


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