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I wish that staff meetings at my job were more like this.
I wish that staff meetings at my job were more like this.

The Stanley Cup Finals are officially underway! There's plenty of links talking about the ridiculous Game One after the break. You did watch it, right?

Off-Season Game Plan: Buffalo Sabres
Off-Season Game Plan examines the Sabres' needs and what they might attempt to do this summer in order to not only remain a playoff-calibre squad, but a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

2010-11 NHL schedule out June 22 - Sabres Edge
The 2010-11 schedule for the Sabres' 40th anniversary season will be released on Tuesday, June 22.

Finals Talk:

How loud is it? Game 1 decibel readings - NHL.com
NHL.com measures the decibel level pf the United Center at various points in the game.

Hawks' captain Jonathan Toews has a non-serious side too - NHL.com
Jonathan Toews' nickname, "Captain Serious," is one that fits him like an extra-large shirt on a man who could comfortably squeeze into a large.

Supporting casts deliver for both teams in Game 1 - TSN
Bob McKenzie gives his thoughts on Game One.

Hossa helps Kane refine defensive game - NHL.com
Patrick Kane has looked like a different player during the Chicago Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup Final, and it's not just his haircut.

Inside the player's mind before Game 1 of Stanley Cup Finals - Puck Daddy
What's it like to know you're playing in the Stanley Cup Finals tomorrow?

How loud is it? Game 1 decibel readings - NHL.com
NHL.com measures the decibel level pf the United Center at various points in the game.

 

Everything Else:

Stanley Cup droughts more common than curse - THN
With so many teams in today's NHL, it's not hard to find teams who haven't won in a long time, or ever... and why Marian Hossa may snap his own curse.

Ups and downs of the NHL Scouting Combine - THN
Taylor Hall opts out... Kirill Kabanov holds court... Tyler Seguin impresses... the impact of interviews... and the bizarre questions teams ask.

Halak in no rush to sign new contract - The Globe and Mail
Canadiens goalie wants a vacation before thinking about his future in Montreal

Winnipeg, Quebec first in expansion queue - The Globe and Mail
NHL commissioner says Southern Ontario must wait for team; Bettman also questions league participation in IIHF World Championships