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Daily Links for Monday, May 31

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Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Please remember today to take a minute or two out of your day today to thank those men and women protecting and serving our country, whether it's through a prayer, attending a Memorial Day ceremony, or donation to the USO. The freedom we enjoy isn't free, but our lives are made easier by those who give theirs. Thank you.

Lagacé mulling offer -
The Buffalo Sabres have extended an entry-level contract offer to 2008 fifth round pick, Jacob Lagacé.

Kassian arrested in Windsor bar fight - Sabres Edge
Seems like Kassian, who served a 20-game suspension this year after a brutal hit during an Ontario Hockey League game, has quite the mean streak in him.

Finals Talk:

5 things the Blackhawks and Flyers can improve upon -
The title says it all.

THN at the Stanley Cup: Day 2 news and notes - THN
What changes will the teams make?; Carcillo 'pissed off' about not playing; no dents in the Soup's can; Hjalmarsson gets a shiner; and a playful Pronger.

Leighton starts, but it doesn't matter who's in goal for Flyers - Puck Daddy
After refusing to entertain the issue earlier in the day, Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette named Michael Leighton the starter for Game 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

Depth shines for Cup finalists - The Globe and Mail
Hossa an early hero after limited production in first three rounds; supporting cast comes up big on both benches.

Stanley Cup an underdogs' paradise - The Globe and Mail
NHL Record Books: One combatant will become the lowest regular season finisher to ever hoist Lord Stanley’s mug

Best Stanley Cup Final Game 1 overnight in 11 years -
The 2.8 overnight rating and 6 share for the Philadelphia Flyers-Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 is the best since 1999 (Buffalo vs. Dallas, 3.7 on Fox).


Everything Else:

Wayne Gretzky, EA Sports team up for Nintendo Wii game - Puck Daddy
Gaming giants EA Sports has focused their efforts on improving their NHL series for next-gen Playstation and Xbox consoles rather than release one for the Wii. But as of tomorrow, EA Sports will finally be entering the world of Nintendo Wii.