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This picture is not a metaphor for the 200-10 Sabres season. I actually don't know what this picture is.
This picture is not a metaphor for the 200-10 Sabres season. I actually don't know what this picture is.

Anyone seen the animated movie Superman: Doomsday that came out in 2007? I had fond memories of reading the book as a kid so I checked it out yesterday and was surprised. People die, necks are snapped, and it deals with things like Superman's commitment issues, Lex Luthor's extortion of disease for profit, and how cancer works. It was surprisingly mature - unlike the 2009-10 Buffalo Sabres team! (See what i did there?) Larry Felser agrees.

Felser: Playoffs remind us of Sabres' shortcomings - The Buffalo News
What Sabres fan didn't watch the Chicago Blackhawks battle and often batter the Philadelphia Flyers in the final series of the Stanley Cup playoffs and ask himself, "Why couldn't this be our team, our style, our Cup?"

Celebrating Hawks know changes are coming - NHL.com
Since winning the Cup, the Hawks have become pseudo rock stars around town -- culminating with Friday's massive parade and rally, which drew an estimated 2 million people.

With cap crunch, can Blackhawks bring back Antti Niemi? - Puck Daddy
First thing's first: The nearly immediate focus on the Chicago Blackhawks' various salary cap conundrums for next season obscures that fact that they'll be greeted by a welcome mat after 49 years.

Hawks' Ladd played despite fractured shoulder - NHL.com
Ladd injured his shoulder in the first period of the Chicago Blackhawks' series-clinching Game 4 win at home against San Jose in the Western Conference Final. He didn't play the rest of that game and didn't practice in the days off before the start of the Stanley Cup Final.

2010 World Hockey Ranking - IIHF
With all the talk about world rankings at the World Cup, what are the rankings for hockey? (Hint: the USA is ranked much higher than England this time around)