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Daily Dasherboard August 22, 2013

Welcome to Thursday!

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Right about now, I’d be providing you with some witty (or snarky) lead-in to today’s links.  Tell that to the three kids bugging the snot out of me over here, though!  This generation – no respect, I tell ya!

Onto the links!

I cannot say it enough: slow offseasons make you really reach for ideas as a writer.  I’ve shared with you a lot of lists this summer, but this one . . .

someone was bored, indeed. [Bleacher Report]At least this list, about 10 players to watch in their final contract year, isn’t such a stretch.  [Bleacher Report]

What do the Calgary Flames and the Buffalo Sabres have in common?  The fact that they probably won’t make the playoffs next year?  Nope!  The fact that each team feels optimistic about next season, no matter what the pundits say! [The Hockey News] Good for them!

Have you been following Die By The Blade’s Top 25 Sabres Under 25 series?  Why not?  Here’s the final five.

A lot of time has been dedicated to speculating on who will wear the “C” for the Buffalo Sabres next season.  Here’s a look at one writer’s picks for the eight.

NHL teams that currently have openings – you might be surprised.  or not.  [Sporting News] Finally, Stu Hackel takes a look at how the NHL is still trying to determine how best to expand its use of video replays. [Sports Illustrated]

Enjoy  the reads!

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