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Buffalo Sabres Daily Links: Future and Past

The fact that I have to search "Ville Leino Sabres" rather than just "Ville Leino" to find a picture of Leino in the blue and gold should tell you just how much he underachieved.
The fact that I have to search "Ville Leino Sabres" rather than just "Ville Leino" to find a picture of Leino in the blue and gold should tell you just how much he underachieved.

Here's your daily discussion thread chock full o' Buffalo Sabres and NHL news, collected from around the internet for your viewing pleasure.

- TBN with a lengthy article on how new acquisitions initially tend to make more hype than impact. [The Buffalo News]

- And the analysis behind the above article. [Sabres Edge]

- The Sabres draft has opened options for the offseason. [Two In The Box]

- A post-draft/pre-free agency team evaluation. [Sabre Noise]

- A very long piece about Zack Kassian and the struggles he face on his road to the NHL. [Angus Certified]

- Marc-Andre Gragnani was not given a qualifying offer by Vancouver and will become a UFA. [Sabre Noise]

Around the NHL:

- Your 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees: Sundin, Sakic, Oates, Bure. [NHL.com]

- It's about time for Pavel Bure. [ESPN]

- Adam Oates will be the next coach of the Washington Capitals. [Puck Daddy]

- Speaking of Washington, the readers of the Washingtonian voted Alex Ovechkin "Worst Local Athlete" Really? [Washington Post]

- The rumors are heating up as we close in on July 1. [THN]

- This week's 30 Thoughts. [CBC]

- Colorado re-upped Shane O'Brien. [Denver Post]