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Daily Links for Saturday, May 29

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Hooray for Saturday. Boo for a Sabres news drought. There's not much to talk about with our team these days, but luckily there's still the Stanley Cup Finals, the (two) Winter Classics, and more.

Connolly new black sheep, Sabres missing Statesmen - Sabre Noise
Not only do the Sabres not have a leader on the ice, but they're missing a community statesman.

Finals Talk:

A Stanley Cup battle royale nears - The Globe and Mail
Chicago's immovable front-of-the-net object Dustin Byfuglien and Chris Pronger, Philadelphia's irresistible blueline force, ready to wage war in Game 1.

Hawks have turned Chicago into a hockey city again -
From the moment Rocky Wirtz took over the team for his late father and hired McDonough, the former Chicago Cubs' marketing mastermind, to run it, the Blackhawks have rapidly regained relevance in what truly is a first-class hockey city.

Understudies starring on centre stage - The Globe and Mail
Flyers goalie Leighton, 'Hawks counterpart Niemi go from understudies to centre stage.


Everything Else:

Bettman: D.C. to host outdoor game in '2-3 years' - Capitals Insider
Commissioner Gary Bettman, in his annual state-of-the-league news conference, moments ago confirmed reports that the Penguins will host the Caps in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on New Year's Day.

Another chapter in Sid-Ovi rivalry beckons -
With Friday's announcement that the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will see the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins square off at Heinz Field on New Year's Day, hockey fans already can conjure up the images of Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby adding to their legacy amidst the snow of a chilly winter's day in Western Pennsylvania.

Spector on Iginla: Strong roots -
Without his late grandfather Rick Schuchard, Jarome Iginla would not be the man he is today.