Notebook: Sabers among 20 NHL teams sue insurers for rejected claims | Buffalo Sabers News

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“The loss of income of hockey complainants, initially due to canceled games, then to playing games without fans in arenas, and their additional expenses to prepare arenas to play and welcome fans once they are safe, exceeds a billion dollars, ”says the lawsuit.

Unlike the NFL, whose teams enjoy lucrative TV deals, the majority of NHL revenue comes from ticket sales and seating fans.

A month after the Covid-19 shutdown in April 2020, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of Pegula’s sports and entertainment businesses, laid off 21 people, put 104 on leave and temporarily cut wages by more than three dozen of executives.

In June 2020, the Pegula laid off 22 hockey operations workers, including general manager Jason Botterill, while Terry Pegula presented a new vision for the Sabers: “Efficient, efficient and economical. In today’s sports world, with all the technology out there, we can move forward much lighter and much more efficiently. We will lose weight. It’s just the direction the world is going. “

The Sabers have since reconstituted their hockey operations department, headed by general manager Kevyn Adams.

Defenseman Robert Hagg skated for the Sabers Thursday morning for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury in a 4-2 win in Winnipeg on December 14. Hagg, a pending unrestricted free agent, is averaging 17:51 of ice. time in 25 matches. He ranks second with the Sabers for hits (49) and first for blocked shots (56). Hagg’s return is not imminent, however.

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