Daily Links for Friday, December 2

Happy Friday, folks! The Sabres finally get back in action tonight, and while the parade of injured players returning to the ice tonight will hopefully continue, tonight's game also marks the debut of 6'8'', 260 lbs defenseman Joe Finley. Yes, that's not a typo - 260 lbs. Is Tyler Myers ready to come back yet?

Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres Game Preview - NHL.com
The Detroit Red Wings have dominated much of the recent series with the Buffalo Sabres. They appear to have a good chance of continuing that trend Friday night.

Sabres Getting Healthier - WGR 550
Ryan Miller had another good day of practice Thursday and if he can pass his neuropsych test this afternoon, he’ll be cleared for weekend action.

Finley grateful for chance to make NHL debut - The Buffalo News
The numbers -- 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds -- already tell you Joe Finley is huge. But the Sabres newest defenseman stood up on skates while meeting with the media Thursday afternoon and I was right next to him. And let me tell you, he is H.U.G.E.

Sabres lack identity - Buffalo Wins
Joe talks about the lack of identity while, in a timely fashion, remembering Mike Grier. Other Sabres quick hits included.

Late Kelley honored for doing it his way - The Buffalo News
If he had his way, Jim Kelley would have told Bucky to skip the news conference honoring him and concentrate on the Sabres' game against the Islanders

Thomas, Toews, Lupul are November's Three Stars - NHL.com
The Boston Bruins had a historic November, and on the first day of the new month, one of the key players in that 12-0-1 run has been recognized for his excellence.

Ducks GM: Ryan off the trading block - sportsnet.ca
Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray assured Bobby Ryan that he is off the trading block and will not be traded.

Kane no longer man in middle for Blackhawks - chicagotribune.com
The Chicago Blackhawks ' experiment to convert Patrick Kane from a right wing to center has ended after 24 games.

It’s the time of the season for NHL coaching upheaval - SI.com
As this week dawned, Bruce Boudreau was coaching the Capitals, Paul Maurice was bench-bossing the Hurricanes and Randy Carlyle was directing the Ducks. It’s only Thursday and, today, Bruce Boudreau is directing the Ducks, Kirk Muller is bench-bossing the Hurricanes and Dale Hunter is coaching the Caps. What will tomorrow bring?

ESPN's Racist Headline of the Day - Slanch Report
Turns out Mike Grier is a black guy.