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Daily Links for Monday, August 15

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After a terrible week where I was forced to sit on the beach without access to hockey news, it's good to be home. A few extra links today because I'm just jazzed to be back in Buffalo.

Buffalo Sabres: Five Bold Predictions for 2011-12 - The Hockey Writers
Some of these predictions are quite bold, but is it just me or would you be crazy to say that all of them have a very distinct potential to come true?

Connolly ready to face challenge of Toronto - NHL.com
Health is always an issue for the Connolly, but even bigger this coming season may be how he handles being under the microscope in Toronto.

Looking Back for a Forward - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers are looking for a forward - is Mike Grier an option?

Trio tunes up as national camps conclude - SabresProspects.com
Edmonton Oil Kings captain Mark Pysyk recently skated among a pack of 17 defensemen looking to make a good first impression as Canada's National Junior Development Camp came and went last week in Alberta.

NHL To Test Radical Rule Changes At Second Annual Research Camp - SBNation.com
Some radical and some common-sense rule changes will be tested at the NHL's second annual Resarch, Development and Orientation Camp on August 17 and 18.

According to ESPN, the NHL franchises with dimmest futures - Puck Daddy
ESPN.com published its NHL "organizational rankings" for 2011 this week (insider sub. required) in which Grant Sonier, a scout who most recently worked with the Atlanta Thrashers, evaluated the depth of talent for all 30 teams.

New Winnipeg Jets logo starts a skirmish - SI.com
Everything about the new Winnipeg Jets, it seems, is going to cause a fuss, whether it’s their name, their roster, their history or their logo.

NHL teams need to have an image - THN
Instead of being defined by the logo on the jersey, NHL teams need to do a better job of finding a unique way to brand themselves.

U.S. finishes fifth at Hlinka tournament - NHL.com
The U.S. Under-18 Select Team scored a pair of power-play goals and added an empty net tally to earn a 3-1 win against the Czech Republic at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Friday.