Daily Links for Sunday, January 29

The Sabres put up a good show at yesterday's skills competition, with Luke Adam not coming in last place in the hardest shot contest, and Jason Pominville helping his team win the relay. The All-Star Game proper is tonight.

First-half follies have Sabres stuck in the breakdown lane - The Buffalo News
Bad goaltending. Bad offense. Injuries. Questionable offseason moves. Questionable coaching. You name it, there's a reason why one of the more anticipated seasons in Buffalo Sabres history already appears flushed down the drain with 33 games still left on the schedule.

Sabres' Black hints at possible changes among 'core' players - The Buffalo News
Black, unlike others in the organization, did not pull out the injury excuse while discussing the struggles. Plain and simple, the players are not performing.

On Miller and Marriage - Buffalo Wins
Please leave Ryan Miller's marriage out of hockey talk.

NHL All-Star Game 2012: TV Schedule, Announcers And More - SBNation.com
The 2012 NHL All-Star Game will be shown live on NBC in the United States and CBC in Canada, with the NHL Network airing a pregame show on Sunday afternoon.

Chara sets record while keeping Hardest Shot title - NHL.com
Zdeno Chara retained his title as the NHL's hardest shooter, by blasting a shot at a record 108.8 mph to win the BlackBerry Hardest Shot event.

Crosby may have had fractured vertebrae as well as concussions - The Globe and Mail
Penguins say neck injury is now 'fully healed'.

NHL, NHLPA are tip-toeing into CBA negotiations - TSN
The NHL and NHL Players' Association appear to be tip-toeing into negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Clear Victory Standings at the All-Star Break - The Copper & Blue
A look at how each team in the NHL does in games decided by two or more.

ECHL line brawl: 278 PIMs, mask-on goalie fight, hysterical announcer (Video) - Puck Daddy
In blowout games things sometimes devolve into mayhem and that's what happened on Saturday night in the ECHL between the Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign.