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Daily Links for Wednesday, Jan. 13

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Raise your hand if you're ready for hockey to come back - okay that's one, two, three....yeah pretty much everyone. The Sabres take to the ice again tomorrow against Atlanta for the first of a seven-game road trip, so prepare to end your hockey mini-celibacy with a whole lotta funky-fresh links.

Russian ideas helping Sabres - The Buffalo News
Here's a News article that expands on the fanpost D.O. posted yesterday about the Sabres rolling 5-man units. Also, an update on resting players and Kaleta's status.

Ilya Kovalchuk trade talk? We have 29 proposals for Atlanta - ESPN
Many people in Buffalo have been clamoring for the Sabres to trade for Ilya Kovalchuk. John Buccigross gives a trade proposal that every team could make for the soon-to-be-free-agent winger. How do you feel about Buffalo's proposed proposal?

PORTLAND REPORT - Buffalo Sabres
For a report on the tykes in Portland and a look at their upcoming schedule, click above.

Power Rankings Roundup "The News" Edition:
The Hockey News: #3 (posted Jan. 11)
The Buffalo News: #6 (posted Jan. 10)
The Sporting News: #4 (posted Jan. 11)

Vancouver's Alex Burrows Accuses Referee Of 'Personal' Vendetta - SB Nation
This is a wild story, and the SB Nation site has the original story plus all the subsequent updates. Scroll down to the bottom for the original.

Curtis Joseph announces his retirement from the NHL -
Curtis Joseph, the winningest goaltender in National Hockey League history to have never won the Stanley Cup, announced his retirement Tuesday. The 42-year-old ended his 19-year career with 454 wins, trailing only Martin Brodeur (585), Patrick Roy (551) and Ed Belfour (484) for the most in NHL history.

TV producer suspended for not showing NHL replay -
FSN Pittsburgh has indefinitely suspended a longtime hockey producer for not quickly showing a replay that could have caused a short-handed goal to be awarded to Flyers forward Simon Gagne against the Penguins on Thursday.