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Wake Up Links: Kaleta Best NHL Pest

Good Monday morning.  If you are like me, a fan of both the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills, you are happy the weekend is over.  It gets dark an hour earlier now but it was a dark weekend for Buffalo sports fans.  The good news is the Bills have a bye next week and the Sabres get an opportunity to avenge their loss to the Islanders on Wednesday.

Hockey Or Die! - The Score
This is a great look at Patrick Kaleta and how effective he is as a pest.

Sabres notebook: Kennedy tries to be quicker on draw : Sports : The Buffalo News
I'm sure he will improve steadily with Gaustad giving him lessons. I remember reading about Drury helping Goose out and now he is returning the favor. There is an interesting quote at the end of the article that talks about puck possession. Ironically enough, the Corsi number helps you determine puck possession.

SabreCast - The Unofficial Buffalo Sabres Fan Podcast " Blog Archive " SabreCast 2.6 – Special Teams
I haven't had a chance to listen to this yet but these guys seem pretty knowledgeable on Twitter. I am going to give it a listen tonight while I am watching Football. Zach and I have discussed doing a podcast or possibly a live call-in show but haven't had the time or energy to get it started. How many people would be interested in a live show?

The man who changed the face of hockey - The Copper & Blue
This is a fantastic piece on the mask. 50 years ago today the great Jacques Plante introduced a new piece of equipment to the NHL -- the goalie mask. The author describes the events of that day, and personal recollections of the legendary innovator who wound down his career a decade and a half later with the Edmonton Oilers.