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Daily Links for Wednesday, May 26

It's hump day, but an extra special hump day, because getting through today means we're one day closer to the Stanley Cup Finals. Plenty of chatter dealing with that after the break, but first some exciting Sabres news regarding new and old players.

Tallinder’s agent, Sabres have talked -
Henrik Tallinder’s agent has spoken with the Buffalo Sabres about the Swedish defenseman’s upcoming unrestricted free agency, and they plan to speak again in the coming weeks before the start of free agency, WECK has learned.

Biega signs with Sabres - Sabres Edge
One of the steadiest players in the Boston hockey scene will be making the short trip to Portland next season.

Gogulla gallops back to Germany -
Some interesting info on the play and mindset of the German-born Philip Gogulla.

Finals Talk:

Chicago Blackhawks versus Philadelphia Flyers - ESPN
Another upset this postseason for the Flyers? Pierre LeBrun doesn't think so, but this Chicago-Philly series could be closer than some would like to think.

Blackhawks Numerology- According Twomey
Some fun with numbers.

The Remaining Goaltenders - Hockey or Die
Sure, the team that wins the Cup generally gets a strong performance from its goaltender, but since the lockout it’s been almost impossible to predict which goaltender will go on a run in the post-season.

Laviolette eyes Finals; Pronger-Byfuglien matchup looms - Philadelphia Inquirer
After the Flyers won the Eastern Conference title with a rivetting 4-2 victory over Montreal on Monday, winning coach Peter Laviolette looked ahead to his team's ultimate goal: bringing home its first Stanley Cup since 1975.

Bookies make Hawks huge favourites - SLAM!
The Hawks are a 4-11 favorite, according to


Everyone Else:

Yzerman named Lightning general manager -
The Tampa Bay Lightning have named Steve Yzerman their new general manager.

Eulogy: Remembering the 2009-10 Montreal Canadiens - Puck Daddy
A combo-eulogy from hockey humorists Down Goes Brown and Bloge Salming.

Is Nabokov's Time Over in San Jose? - From The Rink
Will the San Jose Sharks sign Evgeni Nabokov again next season?

Shark leak - THN
Will the Sharks let Nabokov and Marleau test free agency?; Kovalchuk to the KHL?; and will the Sens keep Volchenkov?

Gauthier has busy summer with Habs roster - CBC
The Montreal Canadiens added a dozen new players to their roster this season, but that doesn't mean that new general manager Pierre Gauthier will have a peaceful summer.