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Even though Sabres news continues to be sparse, there's plenty of other NHL news after the break including playoff goalie controversies, two prominent retirements, and the Thrashers expected move to Winnipeg.

Racking their brains - The Buffalo News
Repeat concussions take a toll on athletes, such as Matthew Barnaby, causing confusion, pain and fear.

The Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association will take part in the 2nd Annual "Skating to Cure Diabetes" event, a 24-hour hockey game to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sabres LW Prospects are Few: Should Sabres Target Filatov? - Buffalo Sabres Nation
If the Sabres are to effectively fulfill the three year plan utilizing their prospects, then a fix is needed at this position. Trades and UFA signings aside, here’s what the future could hold. 


Roloson vs. Smith: Who should Lightning start in Game 6 vs. Bruins? - Puck Daddy
Surprise starter Mike Smith(notes) wasn't a liability in and, frankly, gave his team a chance to win Game 5. His play was outstanding when it needed to be in making 17 saves.

Thomas leads Bruins to 3-1 win in Game 5 -
NHL GameCenter Recap - Brad Marchand collected the eventual game-winning goal in the second period as the Boston Bruins skated away from Game 5 with a 3-1 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night in the Eastern Conference Finals.



Western finals: Game 5 preview -
With a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals, the No. 1 Vancouver Canucks can clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1994 if they defeat the No. 2 San Jose Sharks in Game 5 Tuesday in Vancouver (9 p.m. ET, Versus).

Making the most of opportunity - The Globe and Mail
Vancouver cashes in with just 13 shots in Game 4.



Report: Red Wings' Rafalski planning to retire -
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski is expected to announce his retirement as early as this week, according to a report by Sportsnet in Canada.

Report: Weight will announce retirement Thursday -
The New York Islanders have called a press conference for Thursday morning at which Doug Weight will make a decision regarding his playing career. Media reports indicate it is expected that the 19-season NHL veteran will announce his retirement.

NHL Return - Winnipeg Free Press
A special bit of coverage from Winnipeg on the possible relocation of the Thrashers.

Thrashers relocation may have ripple effect - ESPN
Rick Dudley doesn't know what his future is if the Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg, but he hasn't devoted too much time trying to figure it out, either.

NHL playoff goaltending not what it used to be - THN
There was a time when you needed consistent goaltending to win the Stanley Cup, but just about anything goes now.

Flyers captain Mike Richards clears the air about his role as captain and more - ProHockeyTalk
Flyers captain Mike Richards took a lot of heat for all sorts of problems ranging from his coach, to his captaincy, to how he handles the media when Philly's season ended. He opened up in a big way today to clear the air.