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Daily Links for Tuesday, Dec. 29

Sorry about the Links being a tad late today; as penance, I've snuck in some bonus articles before and after the break. The Sabres host Pittsburgh tonight at 7pm.

Up next: Ryan Miller, Derek Roy and the Buffalo Sabres | PensBurgh
A preview of tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres from FrankD at Pensburgh.

Notes on the Kaleta and Roy injuries, Stafford talks about being a healthy scratch against St. Louis, and line combination from Monday's practice.

Ruff talks Power Play | WGR 550
Lindy talks about the power play, amongst other things. You can listen to his interview as well in the WGR Audio Vault.

Snowed In | The Goose's Roost
TGR wonders if Drew Stafford is just another in the long line of "perpetual potential players" that the Sabres seem to cultivate, or if he can turn it around and be one of the few to escape Lindy's dog house after his recent benching.

Crosby named male athlete of the year by the Canadian Press | TSN
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was named The Canadian Press male athlete of the year Monday, joining an exclusive club by earning the recognition for a second time.

As holidays approach, hockey experiences the Christmas brake |
Jason Bourne gives an insightful and humanizing portrayal of hockey players on the day before break. An excellent read.

Year in Puck Daddy 2009: Best stories, videos and Jersey Fouls | Puck Daddy
The always-present Puck Daddy recaps their favorite/best/most important stories of the year. There's a lot of reading here if you're the kind of guy who takes his laptop into the bathroom.

Samuelsson irate over Olympic snub | From The Rink
Mikael Samuelsson has "only one comment, and maybe I'll regret it." Something tells me when that fine hits, he'll definitely regret it.