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Daily Links for Tuesday, Feb. 9

Everyone in Buffalo is frustrated with the play of the Sabres, including their coach Lindy Ruff and the media covering them. Today we give you a bevy of links from local sources about Monday's practice (and Ruff's angry rant) and the feel of the team over the past few days as compared to the elite in the Eastern Conference. It will certainly be an interesting end to the season, but I think we'll all feel a bit better if the Sabres can come away with two points tonight in Boston, 7pm. After the break, Montreal GM Bob Gainey steps down and a sledding accident (not related)

SABRES LOOKING FORWARD - Buffalo Sabres
Here's my favorite sentence from this piece, something Lindy Ruff screamed at practice - We play like we practice and we practice like we play! He roared. Not only is this statement totally true, but since the He is capitalized we can only assume that Lindy Ruff is some sort of ancient hockey god reincarnated on Earth. To hear more specifics about the coach's rant itself, check out this article from Sabres Edge.

Sabres work to right ship before break - The Buffalo News
The Sabres have scored just five goals in the last three games, only three by forwards. They have been downright inept at times in their own zone. The power play is 0 for 14 in the last three and goaltending has been shaky for the first time all season. You better right that ship quickly, boys.

Miller gets what he needs to play better - WGR 550
Surprise, surprise, it's a little bit of rest. Take note, Lindy.

Hardware, Not Hat Tricks - WGR 550
Nick Mendola pens a passionate article detailing what he learned about the Sabres while watching the excellent Pens-Caps game on Sunday.

Gainey steps down as Canadiens GM, Gauthier promoted - TSN
The Montreal Canadiens announced Monday that Bob Gainey has stepped down as general manager of the hockey club and that the team has promoted Pierre Gauthier as Executive Vice President and general manager. Gainey will stay with the front office in an advisory role.

Gauthier in, Gainey steps down as Habs GM - Habs Inside/Out
HI/O has a whole lot more analysis about the Gainey move since they, you know, cover the team 24/7.

Devils' Salmela taken off on stretcher after hit - Puck Daddy
One recurring topic of discussion this NHL season has been the number of questionable hits doled out whether from knee-on-knee collisions or those to the upper body/head region of a player.

Carolina Hurricanes' singer injured in sledding accident - WRAL.com
Among the 22 people treated for weather-related injuries at Rex Healthcare Saturday was the 11-year-old girl who gets Carolina Hurricanes' fans going before games. See, Sabres fans, somebody else always has it worse.