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.
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.
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.