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Orpik: Sabres never made offer

Well, you can't lose what you don't try for. Brooks Orpik says the Sabres never lost out on his services because they never even made an offer for the East Amherst defenseman.

"They called my agent and asked what we were looking for," Orpik said. "That was the only time we heard from them. They never came close to making a contract offer. They were way on the outside, to be honest."

As I said, you can't lose what you don't try for. But you can't win it, either. Orpik had many of the qualities Buffalo could use.

"He provides the kind of physical presence you need on a Cup contender," Penguins General Manager Ray
Shero said after re-signing him to a six-year, $22.5 million deal.

---John Vogl


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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