Well – it looks like it is warming up again! Which means we might not get a white Easter after all. Not that I was hoping for that or anything. With the Buffalo Sabres watching the playoff action last night with their fans, the count down to the draft begins, or at least for now until the day when the New York Islanders decide if they want to part with the unknown of next year’s draft selection or this year’s fifth overall pick.
Here are your morning links for your reading pleasure.
Buffalo Sabres Links
It’s his team now, so Ted Nolan wants sweeping changes behind the bench, overhauling the assistant coaches. Not a big surprise here as he will want his crew and not an inherited bunch. [NBC].
16 years of service, Olympian, and some great goaltending for the team aren’t enough to save Jim Corsi from Ted Nolan’s axe. Team Latvia could be coaching the Buffalo Sabres next year as the front runner for the goalie coach is Arturs Irbe. [SI.com].
The Buffalo Sabres sign an affiliation agreement with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL. [Corning Leader].
Rochester Americans Links
Hockey isn’t completely dead in the Western part of New York State. The Rochester Americans have clinched a playoff berth in the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs. [Rochester D&C].
By defeating the Utica Comets to clinch, the Comets fail to reach to the post season. [WKTV Utica].
Picking the Eastern Conference champion is like throwing darts, literally. [Sporting News].
Everyone likes an infograph. Where does each state lie in allegiance to the teams in the first round of the playoffs? [Bleacher Report].
Some really good teams will be out of the playoff hunt early, but that doesn’t mean that bad teams are advancing. [LA Times].
Stanley Cup Playoff Tracker
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