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Sabres sue US over denial of strength coach's green card

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the Buffalo Sabres to secure a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach, the team argued in a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on Tuesday, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Ed Gannon, an action that potentially subjects the team "to substantial financial harm and disruption in developing (its) athletes."

Gannon was hired by the Sabres in 2015 while the team was beefing up its player development staff. He previously spent 10 years as the lead strength and conditioning coach of a professional rugby club, the Leicester Tigers.

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Leaders
Points: J. Eichel78
Plus/Minus: B. Montour13
Shots on Goal: J. Eichel227
PIM: W. Simmonds66
Win: L. Ullmark17
Shutouts: C. Hutton2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 193 (21)
Shots: 2021 (29)
PP%: 18.9% (20)
Penalty Minutes: 479 (27)
Assists: 315 (23)
SH Goals: 5 (21)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
Boston 44 14 12 100
Tampa Bay 43 21 6 92
Toronto 36 25 9 81
Florida 35 26 8 78
Montreal 31 31 9 71
Buffalo 30 31 8 68
Ottawa 25 34 12 62
Detroit 17 49 5 39
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 215 (11)
Shots Against: 2148 (19)
PK%: 74.6% (30)
Penalty Minutes: 473 (29)
Shutouts: 3 (17)
Sv%: 0.900 (24)
Injuries
Date Player Status
3/6 L. Pilut Illness (day-to-day)
11/17 T. Thompson Shoulder - left game (IR)
11/8 V. Sobotka Knee - left game (IR)
9/13 M. Hunwick Neck (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/26 Z. Redmond Signed with European team EHC Red Bull Munchen-Germany
3/25 M. Samuelsson Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
3/23 D. DiPietro Signed as Free Agent One-year, entry-level contract
3/18 B. Biro Signed as Free Agent Two-year, entry-level contract
3/8 J. Gilmour Sent to minors Rochester-AHL
3/7 J. Gilmour Called up from minors from Rochester-AHL
3/6 J. Johansson Sent to minors Rochester-AHL
2/27 L. Pilut Called up from minors from Rochester-AHL
2/27 J. Gilmour Sent to minors Rochester-AHL
2/26 J. Gilmour Called up from minors from Rochester-AHL
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