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Daily Links for Thursday, January 26

Drew Stafford prioritizes.
Drew Stafford prioritizes.

The Sabres are off for a few days, and if you haven't already let us know how you'll spend your hockey break, check out yesterday's post.

Fans' fury deserves an answer - The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason responds to fans.

A Smattering Of Thoughts - Black & Blue & Gold
A whole bunch of topics here including Luke Adam's shrinking ice time, Fail for Nail, and Hecht's concussion.

Ruff love - Buffalo Wins
Why Sabres fans are scared to let go of Lindy Ruff.

Still Standing - Dear God Why Us Sports
Even after a win, it is difficult to write about this Buffalo Sabres team.

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension -
John-Michael Liles hasn't played for the Toronto Maple Leafs since Dec. 22 due to a concussion, but when the defenseman does return to the lineup it will come with the security of a four-year contract extension.

NHL's Central Division Dominant Again As All-Star Break Arrives -
At the break, four of the top seven teams in the NHL are in the Central Division, and even without realignment, it looks like we're shaping up for some bloody intra-division playoff battles.

Tim Thomas is not the world’s most popular guy right now - Backhand Shelf
Here's every criticism of Tim Thomas rolled into one article.

The Player: Why NHL players rejected realignment, and why the backlash was worth it - Puck Daddy
The Player is an active member of a National Hockey League team. Anonymous by choice, he will provide insights about life in hockey on occasion throughout the season.

Top 10: Shootout performers - THN
This week we count down the best player performances from the post-overtime part of the hockey game.