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Back to work and school for many of us today, as the first Monday in January officially marks the end of the "holiday season," at least as far as my tolerance for it is concerned. Can we please take all the Christmas car commercials off the air now?

Return of Myers gives Sabres a crowd on blue line - The Buffalo News
The return of Myers means the Sabres have eight healthy defensemen once again. Chris Butler has been scratched the past four games, leaving coach Lindy Ruff one more blue-liner to place on the sidelines.

Kassian, Foligno provide pressure as Canada advances - SabresProspects.com
Zack Kassian scored into an empty net on one of seven shots on goal Sunday as Canada moved ahead to the World Junior Championship semifinal with a 4-1 win over Switzerland. Marcus Foligno added two shots on goal for the winners, who will now face the rival United States on Monday as HSBC Arena.

Vulgar Statistics: Goalie Value - Black & Blue & Gold
What's a goalie worth these days? Alex crunches the numbers to find out.

No Alarms and No Surprises - The Goose's Roost
A post where Ryan learns to love the Buffalo Sabres again.

Why Winter Classic should put Heritage Classic back on the shelf - ESPN
This year's Winter Classic could be the best ever. (Ed. Note: It wasn't.) Either way, the NHL's signature event shouldn't have to compete with a second outdoor game north of the border.

Five reasons we need a Kings-Rangers 2012 Winter Classic - Puck Daddy
It's all about the ratings, baby.

Lidstrom isn’t getting older, he’s getting better - NHL.com
Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom is showing that there’s still life in the NHL after age 40.

Around The AHL: Mid-season team assessments - THN
As the AHL season approaches the halfway mark, we take a look at some noteworthy achievements and disappointments.

New Year's resolutions - The Globe and Mail
For NHL teams, the new year comes at almost the mid-point of the regular season. Here's a resolution for each team.