Nov 26, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; A Dallas Stars ice girl clears the ice during a timeout in the the game between the Stars and the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Ducks 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Daily Dasherboard December 29, 2013

Morning, and a good Sunday to all you connoisseurs of NHL hockey!

It was an interesting weekend in my personal hockey world.  My oldest son took nine shots and played his butt off in a game on Saturday, but couldn’t find the back of the net, even though he led his team in SOG.  He spend last night shooting at a target in our driveway, and wound up with 1 goal on four shots,  2 assists, and a+4 rating today.  Hopefully, he learned that hard work pays off.

Why do I share this story?  Because it’s a lesson that pertains to us Sabres fans.  Even in a season like this, we need to appreciate the hard work that players like Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis are putting in every night, because it’s only going to help the Sabres organization build that winning team we all want to see.  I like what I have seen from the players ever since Ted Nolan took the bench, and I hope the players understand that even if it doesn’t translate into a lot of wins this season, it will pay off down the road.

Now that I have dispensed that little nugget of wisdom, onto the links!

Let the recap of the year-that-was continue!  Here’s a look at the 13 biggest “impact moves” of the year in the NHL.  [Sports Illustrated]

How about the most disappointing free agent signings from this summer, so far?  [Bleacher Report]

Top 13 players? [SI]

Okay – last one: the top 10 most heart-warming moments of the year in the NHL.  [Puck Daddy]

The Cazech Republic beat Canada in a shootout last night in the World Juniors.  Watch, and listen to, the game-winner.  [Sporting News]

The Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings (yay!) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (boo!) is just days away.  Get your complete coverage here.  [b/r]

Finally: a Buffalo Sabres link, courtesy of Bleacher Report, that highlights the best moment of every Sabres’ star player in 2013.  Enjoy, and check out all of our game coverage for this evening’s Capitals-Sabres match!!!


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