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Happy Friday, everyone! Try to avoid camping near a lake or hanging around people named Jason today.

Sabres President Ted Black: Player Salary Budget To Increase By 15% - WGR 550
There is one big change that Black said was coming that hasn't happened in Buffalo - increasing the player salary budget by 15 to 20%.

Sabres increase season ticket prices 5 percent - The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Sabres have mailed their season-ticket renewal forms, and the recipients will notice something familiar: a 5 percent price increase.

Grier: It Can’t End this Way - Buffalo Sabres Nation
Should Mike Grier come back for one more season?

PORTLAND PIRATES SEASON RECAP - Buffalo Sabres
The Pirates turned in another outstanding regular season, earning the AHL’s second-best record with a mark of 47-24-7-2 in capturing the Emile Francis Trophy as the Atlantic Division Champions under Head Coach Kevin Dineen. 

Sharks eliminate Wings with 3-2 win in Game 7 - NHL.com
It took seven games, but the San Jose Sharks prevailed with a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Thursday night with Patrick Marleau netting the eventual game-winning tally. The Sharks will meet the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.

NHL responds to Thrashers-to-Winnipeg speculation - Puck Daddy
It's been a confusing day in Atlanta Thrashers land, with a player squawking about moving preparation and an erroneous rumor about a press conference in Winnipeg on Friday. Many were left wondering: Where's the NHL in all of this?

DREGER REPORT - TSN
Darren Dreger reports that Philly hosting the Rangers is the leading candidate for next year's winter classic.

Will Canucks have to choose between Ehrhoff and Bieksa? - The Globe and Mail
Vancouver facing interesting off-season decision on defence.

Atlanta Thrashers, NHL Can't Expect Help From City Should Relocation Become Option, Report Says - SBNation.com
Lawmakers in Arizona were quick to help the NHL keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the desert, but should the Atlanta Thrashers find themselves staring down the relocation barrel, the government reportedly won't be there to help.