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NHL Daily Dasherboard December 15, 2013

Good morning to you all, my valued Sabre Noise readers!

My morning could be better – Ville Leino did not score yesterday – but all in all, we’re doing okay over here in my neck of the woods.  Christmas is but ten days away, the snow has stopped falling after yesterday’s storm, and there is ice out in front of our Elementary School, meaning I can now skate with the boys without paying!

Free stuff is good, everyone, which is why I’m running a special on today’s links: they are free, for a limited time offer.

Here they are!

Did you know there were 45 games in the NHL yesterday?  True story!  Get all of your game recaps at my trusted source.  [TSN]

Well Shawn Thornton finally got his suspension for his unnecessary and idiotic take-down of Brooks Orpic, much to the chagrin of Boston Bruins fans, who apparently think being a nice guy gives you the right to assault players from behind.  However, as this piece points out, the NHL needs to move much more swiftly when it comes to dealing with these incidents.  [ESPN]

And this piece actually argues that Thornton’s suspension was not enough.  [Sporting News] I agree.

What the hell is this – Steven Stamkos is SKATING?  Didn’t he break his leg?!?  [Sports Illustrated]  The NHL needs more tough guys like this, and less “tough” guys like Shawn Thornton.

When this season started, I didn’t think there was a chance in h-e-double hockey sticks that Ryan Miller would make the US Olympic Team.  Oops.  These goalie power rankings serve up a nice plate of crow for me.  [Sporting News]

Ah, hockey!  The sport of young lovers everywhere.  Wait, what?  Yep – and this video proves it.  [Puck Daddy]

Finally, here is your list of Buffalo Sabres’ prospects to watch at the upcoming 2014 World Junior Championships. [Bleacher Report]

Have a good one, folks!

 

 

 

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