Daily Links for Friday, December 23

Happy Friday, folks, even though Buffalo lost last night to the Leafs to make their record 1-4-1 in their last 6 games. But cheer up, Sabres fans, for it's holiday time and we have a gallery of terrible hockey ornaments for your enjoyment after the break.

Maple Leafs hold off Sabres 3-2 - NHL.com
Nazem Kadri scored the tie-breaking goal in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs ousted the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, on Thursday night.

Vanek Misses Practice - WGR 550
WGR's Joe Buscaglia is at Sabres practice and reports that Thomas Vanek is missing once again. The Sabres forward left last night's game in Toronto in the 2nd period with the same injury that's kept him out of practice this week.

Sabres continue December swoon - The Buffalo News
Frustration and disbelief have overstayed their welcome in Sabreland. The pestilent guests came out again Thursday night following Buffalo's 3-2 loss to Toronto.

Lindy Ruff knows what Stafford is capable of, and shared his thoughts with the snake-bitten sniper during a 15-minute on-ice chat at the end of today’s practice at the Air Canada Centre.

More Sabres Links:

Lindy Ruff, the Teflon Don -Buffalo Wins
"Most reasons for Ruff's job security are obvious and oft-discussed, but I think they're worthy of scrutiny regardless."

Pysyk looking to establish himself on Canadian blue - SabresProspects.com
Mark Pysyk was unable to crack the scoresheet Thursday as Canada continued their World Junior Championship pre-competition schedule with a 7-1 trouncing of Switzerland.

Around the NHL:

Rumor Focus: After the trade freeze - THN
Looking at seven teams expected to be active when the trade market re-opens, Sabres included.

5 things: Jets feeling heat, Bachman saving the day, Wings step it up - ESPN
The Sabres are not looking sharp.

Team USA Will Be A Factor At 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship - SBNation.com
Thanks to a mature and accomplished coach, and a load of international experience, the underdog Americans should be a factor at the World Juniors again this year.

What makes hockey great - THN
From the return of Jagr and the Jets to flooding the outdoor rink, here are a few things we love about the game.

Revenge of the Puck Daddy NHL holiday ornaments gallery - Puck Daddy
A gallery of terrible ornaments to get you in the holiday spirit.