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Drew Stafford will be a highly contentious player this offseason - did he make the leap, or was his play the result of a contract year? Plenty of others are weighing in with their opinion.

HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR STAFFORD - Buffalo Sabres
Perhaps no Sabre made a greater leap during the 2010-11 campaign than forward Drew Stafford.

Maturing Stafford aiming higher for 2011-12 - Fan Nation
Stafford plans on getting better next year.

Illegal hits on minds of Sabres - The Buffalo News
Safety of players is issue for GM, owners.

Schopp: Miller Here To Stay - WGR 550
Once again, many of the big-name goaltenders are nowhere to be found by Round 2 of the NHL playoffs.

Water….Water…Water…. - Sabre Noise
On Stanley Cup droughts.

Bruins sweep Flyers; where did Philly go wrong in playoffs? - Puck Daddy
After his team swept the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins was asked if it was a relief to finally have questions about their seven-game collapse to the Flyers in 2010 rendered irrelevant.

Even if Red Wings are ousted, don't expect Lidstrom to retire - USATODAY.com
Five reasons why Lidstrom won't retire.

Has Round 2 been a dud? - The Globe and Mail
Round 3 matchups shaping up with three more teams on the brink

NHL, Glendale make interim deal to keep Coyotes in Arizona - NHL.com
The National Hockey League and the city of Glendale, Ariz., are expected to enter into another one-year interim agreement to work together on securing ownership for the Phoenix Coyotes to keep the team in Glendale.

Signs your second round is not going well - Down Goes Brown
After a first round that many agreed was among the most entertaining ever, it's perhaps no surprise that the second round has seemed like a letdown by comparison. That's at least partly due to Stanley Cup favourites struggling badly.