'Varada, a restricted free agent in the midst of a holdout, is wearing out the tread on his radials to ensure he doesn't get a spare tire around his waist. He takes a two-hour drive every day from Clarence to Erie to skate and exercise with that city's junior-league hockey team, the Otters. The Otters' co-owner is Bassin, a possible bidder for Sabres ownership.'
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