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Morning Skate: Vanek Near Return

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We still have another day before the Sabres take the ice again but there is still plenty to talk about. It looks like Thomas Vanek might be able to play on Wednesday against the Florida Panthers and his return his welcome news for the Sabres and their fans. Vanek will be a welcome addition in the Sabres lineup after they managed only two goals against te Thrashers on Saturday night.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Home of the Buffalo Sabres - Vanek close to returning
This is a good news/bad news scenario for the Sabres. I never thought I would say this but...I would rather have C-Mac in the lineup than Vanek. Hopefully they will both be ready for Wednesday in Florida.

Modest expectations for familiar Sabres | Hockey Rhetoric
This is a fantastic post about expectations for the Buffalo Sabres. If you read only one post today...this should be it.

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There was a small post about goalies yesterday but here is the full story with some commentary from Ryan Miller.

Puck Daddy in Vegas: 21 observations about hockey, gambling, new media journalism and Blogs With Balls 2.0 - Puck Daddy - NHL - Yahoo! Sports
This is an interesting post if you are curious to the future of blogs and the new media. Oh yeah and it has a plug for SB Nation so it's top notch in my book.

Lucic out 4-6 weeks after finger surgery - Stanley Cup of Chowder
With the Bruins struggling, this can't be a good situation for them. The Sabres and Sens are off to a good start and they both will try to take advantage of the Bruins struggles.

Rypien vs Boogaard: Is It Going To Happen Tonight? - Nucks Misconduct
Just click on this link to see the fight graphic...it's classic.