Happy Christmas Eve, folks, and since this will be the last links installment until Monday, let me be the 27th person to wish you a Merry Christmas. And for those who don't celebrate Christmas religiously, well then you can celebrate the federal holiday instead. Have a fantastic, safe, and merry holiday season from all of us here at Die By The Blade, and let's hope the Sabres look better in 2012.
A full morning's work before the break - Sabres Edge
The Sabres were on the ice for an hour this morning in First Niagara Center -- they started a couple hours early -- and then headed on their NHL-mandated holiday break (teams cant practice on Dec. 24 or 25).
Festivus 2011: Airing of grievances - Sports Talk Buffalo
A Festivus for the rest of us dealing with Buffalo sports personalities.
No One Said Winning the Stanley Cup Would Be Easy - BSN
"Well that certainly didn't turn out like we Sabres fans had hoped. I refer to both the Maple Leafs game as well as the entirety of the season so far."
Clendening makes Team USA - The Buffalo News
A year after being a final cut for the World Junior Championships, Niagara Falls' Adam Clendening, a Chicago Blackhawks draft pick, will represent the United States in the International Ice Hockey Federation event.
NHL.com - Players impressed by '24/7' -- and agree Bryz a star - NHL.com
NHL,com's staff of writers and correspondents report of all the news around the league.
Lights, Camera, No Action - The Globe and Mail
While he enjoys watching the show, don't expect Claude Noel to show up on HBO's 24/7 series anytime soon.
5 things: Jets feeling heat, Bachman saving the day, Wings step it up - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The Sabres are not looking sharp.
Video: Benoit Pouliot abuses Panthers for goal of year entry - Puck Daddy
After Friday night, there are eight days until the turn of the calendar to 2012. Benoit Pouliot of the Boston Bruins apparently wanted to get his goal of the year entry in before the deadline.
Mike Milbury Charges Dropped Due To Lack Of Evidence - SBNation.com
Versus analyst and former Boston Bruin Mike Milbury was charged with assault and battery after an incident with a 12-year-old boy at a youth hockey game. The charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence.
Top youngsters belong in NHL, not WJC - THN
The idea that Canada's best junior players are in the NHL is flawed, because they aren't junior players.