Daily Links for Friday, October 7

Happy Friday, everyone, and welcome to the 2011-12 NHL season! The Buffalo Sabres kick things off today at 1pm in Helsinki, Finland against the Anaheim Ducks. Plenty of links today, and way more after the break.

Ducks face off against Sabres in Finland - NHL.com
The first official preview from NHL.com.

Weber scratched, Gragnani in for Sabres' opener - Sabres Edge
Marc-Andre Gragnani's power-play skills have given him the edge over fellow defenseman Mike Weber, so Gragnani will be in the lineup tonight when the Sabres open the regular season against Anaheim.

Sabres name Pominville as captain - Sabres Edge
The Sabres have named Pominville as their new captain, giving him the honor at a team dinner the night before Friday's opening of the 2011-12 season.

Sabers Links:

Why Jason Pominville is the right choice - Buffalo Wins
Even if you don't like him, this team has its leaders set for the season and beyond. The only thing they're missing now is a Stanley Cup.

2011 NHL Premiere Series & Reaction From Mannheim - Game-Time Decision
The Buffalo Sabres are in full swing of their European trip as one of four NHL clubs to participate in the 2011 NHL Premiere Series.

2011/2012 Season Preview: The Eastern Conference - Black & Blue & Gold
Phil, Alex, and Jason give their thoughts on the upcoming season.

ABC’s - It's Always Game Seven
Thoughts on captain Pominville.

Sabres European Trip Bodes Well For the Season - BSN
Tomorrow is the day that Sabres fans start to see if all the offseason work and hype will translate into real success on the ice. So far, the preseason offers optimistic portents.

10/5 Recap: Sabres ink trio to three-year deals - SabresProspects.com
The Sabres sign three players to entry-level deals.

NHL News:

Experts make their predictions - NHL.com
Might the Sabres come out of the East?

Welcoming the NHL back with open arms - THN
After a difficult summer, it's great to finally have the game we all love back for another year.

How Many Games Will Tim Connolly Play In 2011-2012? - Pension Plan Puppets
Prediction time! How many games will Tim Connolly play in 2011-2012?

Dreger: Identifying coaches who start season under pressure - TSN
It's called the "Hot Seat" and every coach understands its definition, although some jokingly refer to it as the "hit list". Plain and simply, the NHL coaches Hockey Insider Darren Dreger identifies are those under the most pressure entering the season. Some are more vulnerable than others.

Jets' assistant wants players to embrace excitement - The Globe and Mail
Winnipeg assistant coach doesn’t want his charges to shield themselves from hockey fever