**FILE** A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is seen Sept. 25, 2012,  in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL labor lockout. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the locker room of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team is seen Sept. 25, 2012, in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NHL labor lockout. (Associated Press)