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Sabres Links: Hodgson nets hat trick, Latvia upsets US, Konopka responds to suspension

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Two Sabres had awesome days for their teams overseas at Worlds. One Sabres' day back home didn't go as smoothly.

Bruce Bennett

Sabres Links

  • Cody Hodgson scores a hat trick for Canada and Zemgus Girgensons scored in Latvia's upset of the US [Sabres.com]
  • Zenon Konopka issued a statement after being suspended 20 games for substance abuse [Buffalo News]
  • Nikita Zadorov and Brady Austin are ready to kick off the Memorial Cup [Sabres Prospects]
  • Konopka's suspension shows that the NHL needs to increase vigilance [The Hockey News]

Around The League

  • Sharks GM Doug Wilson said that Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat will not return to the team and that Brett Burns will be moved back to defense [CSN Bay Area]
  • John Tortorella reportedly wanted Alex Burrows bought out. He also never spoke to the AHL coach [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Wild are expected to extend head coach Mike Yeo [Twin Cities Pioneer Press]
  • Zdeno Chara broke his finger at some point in the Montreal series [ESPN]
  • It is reportedly unlikely that Mikhail Grabovski and Dustin Penner will both be back in Washington next season [The 4th Period]
  • The Seattle mayor says that the city won't change their arena deal for hockey [My Northwest]