A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the Buffalo Sabres locker room is shown at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team, in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The NHL and its union are to return to the bargaining table Friday, the first negotiations since the lockout began Sept. 15. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

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A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the Buffalo Sabres locker room is shown at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team, in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The NHL and its union are to return to the bargaining table Friday, the first negotiations since the lockout began Sept. 15. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
A nearly empty hockey stick rack in the Buffalo Sabres locker room is shown at the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres NHL hockey team, in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The NHL and its union are to return to the bargaining table Friday, the first negotiations since the lockout began Sept. 15. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
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