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Daily Links for Wednesday, Nov. 18

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With all the recent unpleasantness that some other Buffalo sports team is dealing with, here's some news about a frist place team to cheer you up! After the break we say goodbye to one of the NHL's greats. Not like that, he just retired.

Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo Sabres - Preview
Here's the AP preview for tonight's game.

Q&A: Sabres coach Lindy Ruff |
The NHL's longest current tenured coach talks about goalie Ryan Miller, rookie defenseman Tyler Myers and distribution of ice time.

The Significance of Sabres' Ryan Miller | Bleacher Report
This unique take on Miller looks at how he's important to the Sabres in ways other than his GAA and Save %.

Shanahan announces his retirement
Brendan Shanahan officially announced his retirement today, ending his 21-year career in the NHL. The eight-time all star, who almost returned with the Devils but parted ways with the team before the start of the season, ends his career 11th on the NHL's all time goals scored list.

Sizing up NHL playoff contenders at regular season quarter pole
SI's Darren Eliot takes a look at possible playoff teams and features the Sabres at the top of the article for about two sentences. A good quarter-life summary for this season though.

Will Claude Lemieux be crowned king of ex-NHL figure skaters?
CBC's answer to "Dancing with the Stars" is the figure skating reality show "Battle of the Blades" where ex-NHL players skate to win money for charity. The link, courtesy of Puck Daddy, has some commentary and a video of Claude Lemeiux skating to a track he also sung.