Daily Links for Saturday, Aug 14

This is probably what it was like at Niagara Falls yesterday. Minus Jonathan Toews. And the champagne.

Anybody out there see the Stanley Cup yesterday as Patrick Kane was trotting it around? Share a story in the comments if you did!

With contract in hand Dineen gets down to work on Pirates roster - Maine Hockey Journal
It was a mix of relief, excitement and the reality that Kevin Dineen can now focus on the future of the Portland Pirates.

Welcome Aboard, Shaeonioenae Morrrrisonnenenannn - Queen City Sabres
Anne welcomes our newest defenseman and shares some facts.

Kane, Stanley Cup get all wet at the Falls - Sabres Edge
The Stanley Cup rested on the deck of the Cave of the Winds, beads of mist from Niagara Falls glistening on the silver trophy. As for Patrick Kane, he traded the mist for a dunking in the falls.

Kovlachuk arbitration gave considerable power to Gary Bettman - SI.com
If I were a member of the search committee charged with finding an executive director for the National Hockey League Players Association, I would be afraid to open my e-mail in-box. 

Stunning Numbers: Which NHL teams actually fixed their problems? - Puck Daddy
Many teams experienced some kicks to the gut in specific stat categories last season. The question is whether any of them did something to improve those areas. Here's a look at some of the problems and solutions (or lack there of) this summer for NHL teams.

NHL, NCAA Need to Reach Compromise -- NHL FanHouse
Bruce Ciskie argues that the NHL and NCAA need a defined partnership. No, that wouldn't stop CHL teams from poaching, but it would allow for a better working relationship between the NHL and college hockey, a growing entity in the United States that continues to produce more and more professional talent. 

A buyer's guide to the remaining NHL free agents - Down Goes Brown
As hockey's off-season drags on, there are still dozens of unrestricted free agents who haven't found a team for the upcoming season. Here's an honest look at the strengths and weaknesses of some of the best known free agents remaining on the market, along with a prediction of where they could ultimately wind up.

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