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Daily Links for Thursday, Dec. 31

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Happy New Year's Eve, everyone! We have a metric ton of links today and tomorrow dealing mostly with the Olympics and the upcoming Winter Classic in Boston, so please check after the break if you're looking for more info, such as the Canadian Olympic roster. As for tonight, hopefully everyone is able to be with friends and/or family, and hopefully hockey fans and their loved ones everywhere stay safe this evening. Stay at home, designate a driver or sleep at a friend's house tonight so we can all enjoy a new year of hockey in 2010!

Veterans, strong goalie play highlight Finnish roster |
Saku Koivu and the Ruutu brothers highlight the Finnish Olympic roster, which includes Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman.

Germans enter Vancouver with a new look |
German coach Uwe Krupp announced his 23-man roster for the Olympics and is sending a squad that has a decidedly new look. Sabres prospect Philip Gogulla has made the team, Jochen Hecht did not.

The American Hockey League announced today the PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team roster for the 2010 Time Warner Cable AHL All-Star Classic. Good for the boys!

Winter Classic equipment managers prepare for all conditions |
Dave Williams, equipment manager for the Buffalo Sabres, talks about how he prepared the team's gear for the first Winter Classic.

Canada unveils a powerhouse lineup for Olympics |
Canada's squad is just silly with talent, and there will definitely be some controversy with who made the roster and who didn't. They will certainly be a difficult team to beat.

A look inside Team Canada's decision making |
You know the names, now learn how the Team Canada Brain Trust came up with the final roster.

Swiss looking to take one giant last step with Krueger |
The Swiss roster has been set, with only 3 NHL players on the squad. They do have cool first names though, like Yannick, Ivo, Sandy, and Hnat. So they've got that goin' for them.

Scores of NHLers will help Czechs score in Vancouver |
Scores of NHL players, led by Tomas Plekanec, Tomas Kaberle, Tomas Vokoun and Patrik Elias will don the Czech jersey for the 2010 Olympics.

Photo Expedition: Fenway's Classic makeover, cool hockey gear | Puck Daddy
Ryan Lambert over at Puck Daddy takes us on a small photo tour of the now mutated Fenway Park.

Washington-Columbus trade works both ways | The Hockey News
The Washington Capitals have traded captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets for grinding winger Jason Chimera. Ryan Kennedy explains how this holiday trade benefits both teams.