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Daily Links for Monday, Aug. 2

It's Monday - welcome back to work! Unless you're a student. Or a teacher. Or a ski instructor. If so, please pass the time with some links.

Summer 2010: Slow Offseason; Few Highs - Sabre Noise
Whether it was the lack of available talent in free agency; or the handcuffing of the league by Ilya Kovalchuck with has brought movement in the league to a standstill, the Buffalo Sabres have had a relatively mild and slow off season.

Playing GM: Part II - D and S Sports
Devin offers his attempt at improving the team.

A Portland Pirates Update For Your Convenience - Black & Blue & Gold
Here's how the Pirates roster looks as of this week.

Ex-tough guy Laraque dropping gloves to get political - Puck Daddy
When Canada's Green Party sought out Georges Laraque(notes) for help, they weren't in need of bodily protection, much like the former enforcer provided during his 12 seasons in the NHL.

Niemi awarded $2.75M in arbitration -
According to multiple reports, Chicago goaltender Antti Niemi has received an arbitration award of $2.75 million for next season.

Offseason report: Top goalies and defensemen - ESPN
Is youth going to be served between the pipes and along the blue line next season? And is the grass always greener on the other side of the ice? We'll find out in short order from the following group of netminders and defensemen.

Max Talbot On Alex Ovechkin: 'This Guy Is A Real Douche' -
Penguins forward Max Talbot went on morning talk radio in Pittsburgh to discuss the New Year's Day game against the hated Washington Capitals. The hosts didn't really have to egg him on too much in regards to his feelings for the Caps' best player.