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Daily Dasherboard July 15, 2013

The hockey world in Buffalo takes a back seat to the Jarius Byrd watch, as the Buffalo Bills have until 4pm today to negotiate a long term deal with the franchise tagged player.  Will the Buffalo Bills get it done?

There is still time to get a deal done, but it looks more and more like no long term deal, and possibly a holdout situation.  [Buffalo Rumblings]

Does suffering mean we get to watch Thomas Vanek or Ryan Miller walk off on free agency, or get sold off for bits and pieces at the trade deadline to a contender? [Puck Daddy].

Ryan Miller’s presence on the depth chart creates a logjam at the netminder position.  If it’s not Ryan Miller – who is it? [NBC Sports].

You don’t have to overreach in free agency to get a player that fits for your team, yet some still do.  Who got the bargains in this years free agency? [Bleacher Report].

Ok, this is a shameless plug and linking my own article, but why are the Buffalo Sabres still waiting on Cody Hodgson?  [Sabrenoise].

If you don’t know the line on Ilya Kovalchuk yet – you better catch up.  After getting a $100 million dollar contract that got the New Jersey Devils in trouble for getting around the salary cap, he leaves 77 million dollars on the table because he wants to “retire” and play in mother Russia.  He could come back into the league in 2018 no questions asked.  At age 35 he could enter the National Hockey League once again as an unrestricted free agent.  My question is – who would take on such a flight risk?  [CBS Sports].

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