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Daily Dasherboard Tuesday April 23, 2013

It’s Tuesday morning and it still appears that spring is fighting through winter to get warmer weather started.   Can’t complain too much though – it still feels like hockey weather.

Have you started voting for the Buffalo Sabres representative in the EA Sports Cover Vote Contest?  Right now its Ryan Miller versus Thomas Vanek to see who represents the Sabres in the field of 32 next week.  There are two wild card spots – Let’s see if Buffalo fans can get both of their star players on the cover.  [].

How hard is it going to be for the general managers, players and media to vote on NHL level awards this year without seeing the other conference in person or as much? [Chicago Tribune].

When the NHL and the Buffalo Sabres first launched the Winter Classic back in 2008 – I was on board with the NHL doing it every other year to keep it fresh.  That didn’t happen so I was comfortable with one a year – now the NHL wants to play six outdoor games a year – and it seems like nothing more than a money grab.  You want to know why the NHL doesn’t care that fans get grumpy and miserable when it comes time for them to lockout and lose hockey?  Because next year the league coffers will grow by 180 million dollars as fans and sponsors flock to the Stadium Series and Winter Classic.  [Yahoo Sports].

Why are the Buffalo Sabres so bad at rebuilding?  If you look around the league, teams are going from worst to first, (Montreal Canadiens) or worst to contenders (Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders).  The Buffalo Sabres should make a decent run at the playoffs next year no?   I guess the message to Darcy Regier for Terry Pegula should be make this a fast turnaround or you can join Lindy Ruff.  [].

What’s the problem with shooting the puck?  The Buffalo Sabres were outshot again last night in the loss to the Winnipeg Jets. [Die By The Blade].

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