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Daily Links for Thursday, July 1

Say goodbye to Toni Lydman because according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun he's hitting the market, and once Sabres FA's hit the market, well there's not a good track record for bringing them back.
Say goodbye to Toni Lydman because according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun he's hitting the market, and once Sabres FA's hit the market, well there's not a good track record for bringing them back.

Today's the big day! The Christmas morning of the NHL season. Well, actually, it's more like the Hanukkah of the NHL season. Stretched out over a long period of time, a few small gifts each day, and not the most important day of the year even though most people who don't know any better think it is. Happy NHL Hannukah everyone!

Expect free agent lunacy by lunch - The Buffalo News
There's just something about today, when the calendar flips to July 1. It seems to coincide with NHL general managers flipping out of their minds. In other words, here comes the start of free agency.

High Noon Cometh - The Goose's Roost
The Roost gives you a last-minute recap on what Buffalo is looking to do today.

Free-agent analysis: Northeast Division - NHL.com
NHL.com's John McGourty looks at what clubs in the Northeast Division may be doing come free agency on July 1.

SABRES PLAY OF THE YEAR - Buffalo Sabres
Vote now for the best play of the 2009-2010 season. Or just rewatch them.

Eight things to expect out of 2010 NHL Free-Agent Frenzy - Puck Daddy
My personal favorite? "5. It will be a Tweet-pocolypse."

Leafs acquire winger/rapper Versteeg from champ Blackhawks - Puck Daddy
Versteeg and the rights to left winger Bill Sweatt were traded to the Leafs for left wing Viktor Stalberg(notes), left wing Chris DiDomenico and center Philippe Paradis.

NHL fires Coyotes Pres. Moss; replaced by new COO Nealy - TSN
The NHL has fired Phoenix Coyotes president Doug Moss, replacing him with Mike Nealy, who will take on the title of Chief Operating Officer.

Brind'Amour announces retirement after 21 seasons - NHL.com
Rod Brind'Amour, the two-time Selke Award winner who captained the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley Cup, announced his retirement Wednesday..

Flyers sign Leighton for two years - NHL.com
Receives a new two-year deal with the team worth 3.1 million

NHL prospects don inline skates for 2010 World Championships - NHL.com
Dick Axelsson and Patrick Maroon are playing in the 2010 Inline World Championships to get ready for the 2010-11 hockey season

Those Clowns In Congress Did It Again. What A Bunch Of Clowns. - Second City Hockey
Congress passes a resolution honoring the Hawks. Well, most of Congress.

NHL teams rank high on ESPN's "Ultimate Standings" - On the Forecheck
ESPN has released its "Ultimate Standings" which rate pro sports franchises across a variety of categories, and the NHL fared pretty well compared to the NFL, NBA, and MLB.