Beginning today in Manhattan, at least 10 Buffalo Sabres will be among the 250 or so players attending the NHL Players’ Association meetings. The two sides also reportedly plan to meet again today, a bit of good news.
Players have already started making lockout provisions. Twenty-eight Sabres and prospects skated together Tuesday. If there’s a lockout, old teammates will run practices, said Pominville, who wouldn’t name them.
Tyler Myers, who said he recently gave his union rep duties to fellow defenseman Jordan Leopold, has been exploring options to play in Europe and would leave right away if an opportunity materialized.
“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.”
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.
Ennis isn’t fretting because he’s unsigned.
“A lot of RFAs are in the same boat,” he said. “I’m not frustrated.”
The 22-year-old said he believes the CBA could be playing a factor.
“Maybe people are waiting to see what happens,” he said.
In case of a lockout, I think there should be a stickied thread that has a list of where all of the Sabres players are playing (i.e. overseas, minor leagues, etc.), so we can keep tabs on them throughout the duration of the lockout.