Daily Links for Thursday, January 26

The Sabres are off for a few days, and if you haven't already let us know how you'll spend your hockey break, check out yesterday's post.

Fans' fury deserves an answer - The Buffalo News
Bucky Gleason responds to fans.

A Smattering Of Thoughts - Black & Blue & Gold
A whole bunch of topics here including Luke Adam's shrinking ice time, Fail for Nail, and Hecht's concussion.

Ruff love - Buffalo Wins
Why Sabres fans are scared to let go of Lindy Ruff.

Still Standing - Dear God Why Us Sports
Even after a win, it is difficult to write about this Buffalo Sabres team.

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension - NHL.com
John-Michael Liles hasn't played for the Toronto Maple Leafs since Dec. 22 due to a concussion, but when the defenseman does return to the lineup it will come with the security of a four-year contract extension.

NHL's Central Division Dominant Again As All-Star Break Arrives - SBNation.com
At the break, four of the top seven teams in the NHL are in the Central Division, and even without realignment, it looks like we're shaping up for some bloody intra-division playoff battles.

Tim Thomas is not the world’s most popular guy right now - Backhand Shelf
Here's every criticism of Tim Thomas rolled into one article.

The Player: Why NHL players rejected realignment, and why the backlash was worth it - Puck Daddy
The Player is an active member of a National Hockey League team. Anonymous by choice, he will provide insights about life in hockey on occasion throughout the season.

Top 10: Shootout performers - THN
This week we count down the best player performances from the post-overtime part of the hockey game.