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With the home opener just one week away, make sure you wash your lucky socks and get your jersey back from the dry cleaner this weekend.'s 2010-11 NHL preview: Buffalo Sabres - ESPN
Pierre LeBrun takes a look at the Buffalo Sabres and gives you 10 things you need to know.

Enlightened Stafford set for revival - The Buffalo News
Drew Stafford's awakening came last April, almost immediately after last season ended. He walked into postseason meetings with Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and General Manager Darcy Regier bracing for the worst. He walked out with renewed confidence and a clear head after pinpointing his biggest problem.

Vanek fine after leaving Habs game - Sabres Edge
Thomas Vanek, who played just 4:06 against Montreal on Thursday after leaving with an injury, is apparently fine and scheduled to practice with the team in Philadelphia this morning, according to the Sabres' media relations staff.

Sabres’ Adam slices Habs - The Globe and Mail
The Buffalo prospect scores twice in 5-3 preseason win over Montreal.

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that MSG Networks and DISH Network, who have been negotiating a new agreement since early this year, failed to come to an agreement by midnight last night to continue carrying Buffalo Sabres games.

Button breaks down the Eastern Conference -
NHL Network analyst Craig Button says the Sabres are less about surviving and more about thriving.

9/30 Recap: Shipley shoots Dogs to win; Pysyk gets "C" |
In Wednesday WHL action, Mark Pysyk (+2, 2 PIM) earned an even-strength assist in his season debut as Edmonton defeated Prince Albert, 3-1. Earlier in the week, the 18-year old defenseman was named the Oil Kings team captain for the 2010-11 season immediately upon return from the Sabres main camp.

Pirates theme is more grit, more passion - Maine Hockey Journal
On Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres sent 12 players to the Pirates, and for those who arrived, they spent most of their time working on skating drills and playing a little two-on-two shinny.


Around the NHL

Dreger: Darcy Tucker announces his retirement - TSN
Never one to back down, Darcy Tucker has decided it's time to face life's next challenge and in doing so, he's announcing through TSN, his decision to retire from the National Hockey League.

NHL animal logos: meek or menacing? - From The Rink
Many NHL teams have animals as their mascot, but are their logos meek or menacing? A look at logos, good and bad.

Tricked Out Thrashers Car - Blueland Blog
This Atlanta Thrashers car is pretty damn impressive.

From the Blind Perspective, the Five Reasons Why I Love the Game of Hockey | Eyes On Isles
How does a blind fan enjoy the game of hockey? John Panarese explains.