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Daily Links for Friday, July 1

Happy Friday, everyone, and I can say that with conviction as it feels a little like Christmas morning today - we've already got Regehr and Ehrhoff under the tree, and who knows what other presents Sabrs fans will get over the next few days. Check out more Sabres links after the break.

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.

Ehrhoff signing sends a message - The Buffalo News
It's tough to pick out which words best describe the past week. Jaw-dropping? Entertaining? Mind-boggling? A dream?

Regier: Sabres' defense improved, still room to get help up front - Sabres Edge
Darcy Regier smiled. No, the general manager said, the Sabres are not out of salary cap room yet. They have room to remain players when NHL free agency starts at noon Friday.

Schopp: The Impossible Dream - WGR 550
Once again, the American sports scene goes one way, the Buffalo sports scene goes the other.

Darcy Unchained - The Goose's Roost
Now that General Manager Darcy Regier can do what he wants, what's in store for the Buffalo Sabres on July 1?

More Sabres Links:

Christian Ehrhoff signs 10-year deal with Sabres - 3rd Man In
Some observations on the cap ramification of Ehrhoff's contract.

Darcy Regier Retrospect - Buffalo Wins
A nice lengthy Regier retrospective to give you some idea of how he may act today.

Buffalo On Richards, Stamkos, And The Blockbuster That Didn’t Happen - Kuklas Korner
As a public service to the attention span impaired, here are some quick hits on the Sabres heading into free agency weekend.

Sabres Start Free Agency With A Bang... Before It's Even Started - Dear God Why Us Sports
These two moves by the Sabres, trades that heaped a considerable yet logical amount of new debt onto the payroll, show that rather than addressing needs by picking up bargain journeyman or overspending irrationally, the Sabres are ready to take drastic but calculated measures in their quest for a Cup.

Offseason Christmas - Two Minutes for Roughing
"Whether we get Brad Richards or not, there will be a top line center starting for the Sabres come the start of the season. You can take that to the bank, because Pegula Inc. owns that damn bank!"

UPDATED Sabres free agency assessment - It's Always Game Seven
A quick look at the Sabres free agency situation if you're sick of looking at CapGeek.

Many observations on the last few weeks and SOMETIMES ALL CAPS BECAUSE WHY NOT.


NHL News:

Brad Richards, Jaromir Jagr, Steven Stamkos could be players to watch -
At noon ET on Friday, the yearly free-agent market opens. Which teams could be the most active? Which players will be most in demand?

Teams that could be courting Brad Richards - ESPN
It is getting down to the wire for free agency's hottest ticket, center Brad Richards.

Five boom-or-bust players in 2011 NHL free-agent frenzy - Puck Daddy
Featuring our old pal Timmy Connolly.

Five free agents you don't want - THN
On the eve of free agency, Adam Proteau lists five guys you either shouldn't want, or shouldn't invest too much in.

Steven Stamkos, Dale Tallon And How The Florida Panthers Could Crush Their Biggest Rival -
Steven Stamkos doesn't have a contract for next season, and there are rumors that several big market teams could try to pry him away from the Tampa Bay Lightning. But what if a smaller team closer to home decided to meddle?

2011 All Free Agent Team - TSN
Who are the best UFAs out there?