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Daily Dasherboard, July 17, 2013

With each passing day in the dog days of summer – we inch closer and closer to the start of the next hockey season!  I know I for one can’t wait for the first puck to drop and the sounds of vulcanized rubber going tape to tape and smacking off the dasherboards.  There is nothing else in the world like those sounds.

Do the Buffalo Sabres have a secret plan in place for the upcoming season?  This writer thinks they are going to be a borderline playoff team.  In the new realignment, they will be closer to the lottery than the playoffs in my opinion.  [The Hockey Writers].

Why are they closer to the draft lottery than the playoffs?  Last year they were in the only team in their division to miss the playoffs.  Next year they will have Detroit to deal with, and Tampa Bay and Florida as well.  At least we won’t be the only ones not to make it anymore.  [Sports Media 101].

With Phoenix stabilized, can the National Hockey League really look at expansion under the new conference alignment?  Don’t get your hopes up Quebec - the NHL left the Western Conferences short one team for a reason.  [Bleacher Report].

Now I didn’t really have a plan to focus this much of your daily links to the realignment, but since we are already there, why not talk about what we are going to call each of the new divisions/conferences.  [The Hockey Writers].

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