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Daily Links for Thursday, Feb. 11

Most national hockey outlets seem to be in Olympic mode already, so apologies about the lack of meaty Sabres links from sources other than local newspapers/radio stations/fan blogs. Heck, it's even hard to find updated Power Rankings this week. To make up for it, we have a bunch of trade, Olympic, and rookie talk after the break.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff is trying to give the Buffalo Sabres a much needed jump start by giving the lines a minor shake up this week.

Sabres' Rivet on benching: Message received - The Buffalo News
Being an NHL captain includes perks and privileges. Unwarranted ice time is not among them. That was part of the message the captain of the Buffalo Sabres delivered Wednesday.

Power Rankings Roundup:
ESPN: #10 (posted Feb. 8)
Fox Sports: #8 (posted Feb. 10)
TSN: #8 (posted Feb. 9)

McKenzie: Carter heading to Vancouver, Getzlaf decision looms - TSN
Jeff Carter is on his way to Vancouver. Whether the Philadelphia Flyer centre gets to play for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics hinges entirely on the wonky ankle of Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf.

NHL Trade Bait -
Alan Muir gives a photo gallery and analysis on 13 players who could well be packing their bags before next Friday's NHL roster freeze or by the March 3 trade deadline.

NHL's most important rookie? John Tavares, hands down - Sporting News
Most important does not equal Calder Trophy-winning.

River Rats sold, relocating to N.C. - The Business Review
Sad news for hockey fans in our state capital.

Random Video of Hockey Stupidity - Deuce of Davenport
Here's a lesson for all the kiddies out there - always remember to take your skate guards off before getting on the ice.