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Daily Dasherboard June 26, 2013

The handshake is the best way to end a playoff series in the NHL – and is a fitting way to end the series against two teams who played a very evenly matched series.

The last two days I have exchanged emails with a friend of mine who loves the Boston Bruins.  I can’t say that I can sympathize with him, his team was minutes away from forcing a game seven to watch it crumble.  It’s not like the Bruins didn’t belong though; every step of the way they fought and played a great series against Chicago.  They should be proud of what they did accomplish.  I mean, can you imagine how Toronto feels?

Now that the 2013 season is officially over, how do the Buffalo Sabres get better than 48 points in 48 games this off season?  Here is a complete off season guide line that will help ease the pain through the hottest part of the summer and start your preparation for next season.  [Bleacher Report].

Do the Buffalo Sabres need a franchise goalie?  Ryan Miller’s days are numbered in Buffalo (maybe) and the team will look to replace his services.  As fans – we will look for the next greatest goalie to tend the crease.  It’s an obvious reaction, we’ve had nothing but great goaltending going back through Dominik Hasek, and really – throughout the history of the franchise.  However, look at the last ten years of Cup winners.  Martin Brodeur is the only goalie on the list that I would put in the category of franchise goalie.  I don’t agree with the premise that they based the article on the fact that ten different goalies won the Cup – because there are nine different teams on this list – but just look at the names.  [Sabres 101].

Another one of Buffalo’s own prepares for the draft.  18 year old Justin Bailey – who grew up in Amherst and whose father played for the Buffalo Bills – would be happy to be drafted by any team, but would love to play for his home town.  Could the Buffalo Sabres call his name in the second or third round?  [WGR550].

Just what the doctor ordered for the National Hockey League – the organization that locked its players out and forced the fans into a shortened season for the second time in the history of the league, along with a full season lockout.  This year’s Stanley Cup Final was the most watched since the New York Rangers won in 1994.  [New York Times].

What’s next for the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks now that the finals is over?  Chicago will no doubt enjoy the summer before heading off to defend their title.  Boston will retool and be a contender again next year.  [SI.com}

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