Daily Links for Thursday, May 26

Raise your hand if you're excited to see Foligno, McNabb, and Kassian together in Portland next year.

Exciting times are here in Sabreland, as the Arena renovations begin and another prospect is officially in the fold.

LOCKER ROOM RENOVATION OFF TO A CEREMONIOUS START - Buffalo Sabres
The most comprehensive project of the offseason began at HSBC Arena on Wednesday as President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier ceremoniously started the demolition process on the Buffalo Sabres’ locker room.

Sabres order room service, sign Foligno - The Buffalo News
There is still no word on whether Marcus Foligno, the newest Buffalo Sabre, will start his minor-league career in Rochester or Portland. But once he gets to the NHL, he'll have access to one of the top dressing room facilities in the league.

Sabres Bust Out New Plan - WGR 550
Here's some photos from the renovation.

SABRES AGREE TO TERMS WITH MARCUS FOLIGNO - Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Marcus Foligno has agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract.

Q&A WITH PRESIDENT TED BLACK - Buffalo Sabres
Sabres President has taken the time to answer fan submitted questions to a SabresFans.com.

The Scizz Summer Movie Preview: Sabres Edition - Dear God Why Us Sports
Another post comparing Sabres players to summer blockbusters. My favorite: Drew Stafford as "Bad Teacher."

East:

Lightning hold off Bruins 5-4 to force Game 7 - NHL.com
Martin St. Louis notched two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the third, to help the Tampa Bay Lightning hold off the Boston Bruins, 5-4, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals and force a decisive Game 7.

Special teams torpedo Bruins' hopes in Game 6 - NHL.com
The Boston Bruins’ special teams were anything but special in Game 6 against Tampa Bay.

Video: Steve Downie seals Game 6 win with kiss to Ference - Puck Daddy
Steve Downie was talking smack and giving an air smooch to defenseman Andrew Ference with 1:50 left in the game. How precious.

 

West:

Bieksa’s value keeps going up - The Globe and Mail
Canucks defenceman delivers knockout punch to land Vancouver in Stanley Cup finals.

Comparing the 2010-11 Vancouver Canucks to the 1993-94 version - ProHockeyTalk
Did Kirk MacLean conjure the future spirit of Roberto Luongo in 1994? We study that question and many others by comparing the 1993-94 Canucks to the 2010-11 version.

 

NHL:

Source: Thrashers sale to True North Sports and Entertainment complete, decision on announcement looms - THN
With the mayor of Winnipeg expecting the Atlanta Thrashers to arrive in town any day now, speculation is mounting that the complicated deal between the Atlanta Spirit group and True North Sports and Entertainment is finally completed.

Anson Carter Implies Atlanta Thrashers Had Legit Local Offer At One Point - SB Nation Atlanta
Former NHL player Anson Carter was long reported to be interested in taking part in a group that would purchase the Atlanta Thrashers from the Atlanta Spirit Group and keep the team in town.

Brian Rafalski retires ... is Lidstrom next? - ESPN
Filling the hole left by Brian Rafalski's retirement announcement Wednesday will be big enough. Now, depending on Nicklas Lidstrom's decision, the Detroit Red Wings are hoping they won't have a chasm to fill.

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