Daily Links for Monday, January 2

It's 2012 all over the world and there are big changes ahead - there's a new hockey network debuting today, the Winter Classic at 3pm, and a Sabres game that nobody in WNY can watch.

Today's line combos at practice - Sabres Edge
Quick update as Sabres practice begins in First Niagara Center with the current line combinations.

Sabres stick to 'hard work' mantra - The Buffalo News
A dreadful December has the $65 million payroll, Stanley-Cup-is-our-goal Sabres in a fight to even make the playoffs.

TV impasse is bad news for viewers of Sabres games - The Buffalo News
Watching games for Sabres fans in the foreseeable future may come down to subscribing to Direct TV or FiOS, or attending a local bar carrying one of those.

Big Challenges Face Sabres and Fans in 2012 - BSN
Lockouts. Blackouts. Blockouts. Be it football or hockey, Buffalo fans have been given a harsh lesson in the big money reality of pro sports.

Year in Review: End of the Golisano Era - Buffalo Wins
Looking back at the end of an era.

Flyers, Rangers won’t allow Winter Classic spectacle to distract - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
As the players and coaches know, two points are at stake -- a fact that's amplified by the current Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings with the Rangers and Flyers separated by two points.

Weekes: No need for Laviolette to hide his starter - NHL.com
Kevin Weekes wanted to hear from Peter Laviolette if goalie Ilya Bryzgalov really would be the backup. He was disappointed in his response.

Winter Classic game is NHL's little white lie - SI.com
This is the NHL's Little White Lie.

Here Are the Full Details of What Will Happen When NBC Sports Net Hits the Air at 4 p.m. ET Today - Puck The Media
An exciting day for channel 777.

Eulogy: The 12 things will miss about the VERSUS network - Puck Daddy
A great list of things we'll never see again.

VIDEO: Claude Giroux's Sister Gets Engaged On Winter Classic Ice - SBNation.com
Claude Giroux's sister Isabelle got engaged on New Year's Day, and it came in one of the coolest places one could imagine: On the ice, outdoors, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.