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Happy Friday, everyone! You know we're into the dog days of summer when the front page story on the Buffalo Sabres official team website is a ranking by Kevin Sylvester of the best pancakes in America.Luckily after the break we have some silliness, including new jerseys in Nashville, a company endorsement of the Commodore 64 sweater, and the first sizzle reel for EA Sports' NHL 12 (spoiler: it looks awesome).

PANCAKES OF THE NHL - Buffalo Sabres
Kevin Sylvester with some BREAKING NEWS. San Jose has the best pancakes in the NHL.

Former teammate defends Tim Connolly - The Globe and Mail
Criticism of ‘misunderstood’ Leafs centre unfair, Sabres goaltender says.

Diamonds In The Rough: Cody McCormick - Dear God Why Us Sports
The ballad of Cody McCormick.

Can We Get This Right? - The Goose's Roost
Do you know why yesterday was not French Connection day? It is because Gilbert Perreault, perhaps the greatest player to ever put on the blue and gold, was a freaking center, that's why. My thoughts exactly, Corey.

McPhee, Boudreau expect big things from Capitals' 'Young Guns' -
Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom are under pressure to get over the hump in the playoffs.

Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk worked quickly in free agency and is excited by his revamped club - ESPN Dallas
Joe Nieuwendyk acted quickly in free agency and is excited for new-look Stars.

Pass or Fail: Nashville Predators’ golden new home sweaters - Puck Daddy
After showing off their white road sweaters at the NHL draft last month, the Nashville Predators unleashed their new gold-colored home jerseys at their "Skate of the Union" event on Wednesday.

Paying on-ice homage to Commodore 64 - Faceoff
The company Commodore USA, the evolution of the company that put out the Commodore 64, is totally behind Mike Commodore wearing #64.

NHL 12 'E3 2011 sizzle' Trailer -
The icy NHL 12 sizzle trailer shown at E3 2011 finally puts on some skates.