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This will be an example of the first thing you'll see at HSBC Arena in October, in case you were wondering.
This will be an example of the first thing you'll see at HSBC Arena in October, in case you were wondering.

Set your calendars, folks, because Buffalo opens their season Friday, October 8th in Ottawa! The next day, Saturday, October 9th, downtown Buffalo will be rocking as the Sabres play their first home game of the 2010-11 NHL season against the New York Rangers! And with the draft and free agency still looming, we've got more links on those after the break.

Buffalo's first game Friday, Oct. 8, first home game: Saturday, Oct. 9 - NHL.com
The NHL released the home openers for every team yesterday, and we get a good date against the NY Rangers.

NHL Draft Preview: Northeast Division team needs - sportsnet.ca
What do the Sabres, Bruins, Canadiens, Leafs, and Senators need this draft?

How Rangers can dump Brashear - NYPOST.com
I know the title isn't about the Sabres, but there's a cool story at the end about how the Devils manipulated the Sabres brass on draft day in 1983.

2010 Final Draft Ranking 1 - 75 - TSN
"The most comprehensive site on the internet for Sports from a Canadian perspective" puts out its NHL Draft player rankings for the top 75 players.

Brad Holland's 2010 Mock Draft III - NHL.com
The final mock from NHL.com has Buffalo taking d-man Mark Pysyk of the WHL.

The 10 UFA centers you'd actually want on your team - Puck Daddy
There's a distinct possibility that any trades made by the Sabres in the next few weeks will involve either Tim Connolly or Derek Roy, so who's out there to fill the vacancy at center?

The 2009-10 Blogger NHL Awards - Puck Daddy
Wysh already handicapped the nominees and made predictions for each award, but to put our own little spin on awards season, we surveyed 25 bloggers representing 18 NHL teams and mixed in a few general writers with their favorites for the top eight awards.