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Sabres drop lawsuit against Feds over immigration issue

The Sabres say the matter has been resolved and that strength and conditioning coach Ed Gannon has the work visa he needs.
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BUFFALO, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: of the Buffalo Sabres poses for his official headshot of the 2018-2019 season on September 13, 2018 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have dropped their lawsuit against the federal government after immigration officials reversed course by approving the team’s strength and conditioning coach’s petition for a green card.

The Sabres say their complaint was “resolved amicably,” after being notified that Ed Gannon received approval for an EB-1 visa.

The Sabres sued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in May by alleging officials wrongly denied the team’s visa petition for the British-born coach.

The announcement came a week after the Sabres’ lawyer notified the U.S. District Court in Buffalo that the team was voluntary dismissing the suit, with each side agreeing to bear their own costs and fees.

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