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Daily Links For Thursday, April 14

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Final practice before Philly - Sabres Edge
The Sabres are on the ice in HSBC Arena, getting their final workout in before traveling to Philadelphia for Game One on Thursday. All the players are present.

Sabres Sekera Continues To Improve While Butler Excels - WGR 550
Interesting conversation with Chris Butler here about why he's playing so well.

Ellis sent back to Portland - Sabres Edge
With Patrick Kaleta returning from injury in the season finale and Mike Grier likely to be ready for Philadelphia, the Sabres have sent center Matt Ellis back to Portland.

Chris Pronger a 'game-time decision' for Game 1 - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers have updated Chris Pronger's status after practice today, and according to the team, he's listed as a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 1 against the Buffalo Sabres.Then again...

Pronger unlikely for opener - CBC
"The Flyers GM said that Chris Pronger (right hand) would be a game-time decision, but really, there is no chance Pronger is going to play in Game 1 because he still can't shoot pucks."

Sabres Postseason Media Guide available to all - 1230 WECK
This is the kind of thing you used to get only if you were granted access to the press box. Welcome to 2011… a magical land where the Postseason Media Guide lands right on your desktop. Cool.

More Sabres Links:

Niedermayer has been there, won that - The Buffalo News
Through five months when Rob Niedermayer didn't have a single goal, everyone you asked around the Buffalo Sabres said the veteran center was on the roster for one reason: to suit up in the playoffs.

An Inside Look At The Flyers - Sabre Noise
A guest writer from Broad Street Buzz gives some inside info on The Flyers.

Are You Ready? Playoff Run Begins Tomorrow - Game-Time Decision
Written yesterday, this post is still fresh enough to eat.

Tim Connolly Revisited - Hockey Rhetoric
More on one of the Sabres most enigmatic players.

Guide to the Playoffs: Buffalo Sabres - Pension Plan Puppets
PPP (and Zach) give reasons for Leafs fans to root both for and against Buffalo in the playoffs.


NHL Links:'s 75 reasons to watch this edition - ESPN
Tyler Myers and Rick Jeanerette make the list.

Coyotes Done In Phoenix? - FAN 590 Toronto
Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean discuss how they've heard from multiple sources that the Phoenix Coyotes will relocate to Winnipeg once they're eliminated from the playoffs.

Best-ever business year for NHL highlighted by record revenue -
Led by dramatic increases in sponsorship and merchandise sales, landmark corporate investment in its big events and impressive digital growth, the NHL is on pace for its fifth consecutive year of record total revenue and is projected to bring more than $2.9 billion by the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

What Happens When An NHL Mullet Isn't Grown Properly? Mullet Wars! -
The Blackhawks' Patrick Kane is one of the NHL's biggest superstars, but apparently, the Canucks enforcer Tanner Glass isn't a fan of his new hairstyle.