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Daily Links for Monday, Dec. 20

Five more days until that big mid-winter holiday thingy. Do you have all your shopping done? How about tickets to the World Junior Championships for your loved ones?

Goal drought perplexes Sabres - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Sabres, at least during interviews, continue to express belief they are a good team. Good teams, however, find ways to score goals. The Sabres can't score goals.

Alchemy - The Goose's Roost
A refreshing breeze of abject failure after a hope inducing spurt of production from your local hockey team. Such is the breaks.

GET 50% OFF WORLD JUNIOR TICKETS DURING "TIM HORTONS YOUTH HOCKEY DAYS" - BUFFALO WORLD JUNIORS
If you're planning on going to the WJC tournament, you may want to check this deal out.

Fehr Named New Leader Of NHLPA - WGR 550
Don Fehr is the new executive director of the NHLPA following a vote held on Saturday. Fehr, who held the same position with the Major League Baseball Players Assocation for 26 years, will start on the job immediately.

Is The Dustin Byfuglien Trade The Trade Of The Season? - Yardbarker
Now that the season is 30 games old (on average) it is extremely obvious that the Thrashers won this trade one-hundred percent, and the top player in the trade, Dustin Byfuglien, has played like a Top-5 defenseman in the NHL for the Thrashers.

Washington Capitals close to firing coach Bruce Boudreau - SI.com
Now Bruce Boudreau, who won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year for that dramatic 2007-08 turnaround, is under the microscope. 

Video: Witness San Jose Sharks' holiday greeting with snazzy sweaters, atrocious singing and Joe Thornton's dummy - Puck Daddy
The San Jose Sharks released a new holiday video this week with an inspired concept: Spoofing both cheesy TV commercials for song compilations and the sweaters-and-turtlenecks white bread crooning you may have seen on a Osmonds holiday special. That is, if the holiday standards were sung in the key of tone deaf.