Jan 4, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; A Dallas Stars ice girl clears the ice during the first period of the game between the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings at the American Airlines Center. The Red Wings defeated the Stars 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Daily Dasherboard January 5, 2014

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Good morning, Buffalo Sabres and NHL fans alike!

I know it was not a full week, but for the most part, we have survived our first week of the new year.  How are those 2014 resolutions going for ya?  I have two resolutions: to get back in immaculate shape, and to make the Sabre Noise podcast a top priority of mine.  I plan on recording this first podcast of 2014 either late tonight or early tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that.

As for getting in shape, I plan to keep right on dancing in my bay window – that ought to do the trick!

Now that I’ve shared that much, on to the links.

Twelve games took place on the ice last night in the NHL – get your scores and recaps here.  [TSN]

There are a lot of questions still yet to be answered as the NHL plows ahead full steam into 2014.  Here is a look at the ten biggest question marks.  [ESPN]

There is no doubt (at least there shouldn’t be) about the fact that Wayne Gretzky is the greatest hockey player to ever lace up the skates.  However, can it can be argued that he was actually the greatest athlete ever, as well?  [Bleacher Report]   Eh – I’m not buying it.

Any time you assemble an Olympic team, you have surprises and snubs.  Here is the All-Snub team for the 2014 version of Team USA. [Sports Illustrated]

Jonathan Quick and Roberto Luongo have returned from injuries, which prompted this author to ask the question, which of these two would you build a franchise around?  [The Hockey News]

And your Buffalo Sabres link of the day involves the old (Danny Briere) and the new (Mikhail Grigorenko).  [Hockey Buzz]

Enjoy!

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