Daily Links for Thursday, September 29

Buffalo will play again tomorrow against Washington before traveling to another continent to open the season up, but may have suffered yet another Patrick Kaleta injury.

Sabres pared to more normal numbers - The Buffalo News
The season opener in far-off Finland is Oct. 7 but the plane headed for their European adventure leaves Saturday, so training camp is essentially over for the Buffalo Sabres.

Open practice report: Kaleta shaken up, Ruff says he'll name captain in Europe - Sabres Edge - The Buffalo News
The Sabres gave fans a little of everything Wednesday night during their open workout in First Niagara Center: Some regular practice drills, four-on-four scrimmaging and a shootout contest that saw the assistant coaches all get blanked and the 3,000 or so in the house chanting for Lindy Ruff to take a shot.

Sabres raise ante in Northeast - The Globe and Mail
Free-spending new owner turns traditional penny-pincher into competitive force to challenge Boston, Montreal.

2011-12 Buffalo Sabres Preview - MiamiHerald.com
Buffalo gave defenseman Christian Ehrhoff a 10-year, $40 million deal and then lured forward Ville Leino away from Philadelphia with a six-year, $27 million contract. The Sabres also traded for former Calgary defenseman Robyn Regehr, who has two years and $8 million left on his contract.

Sestito suspended for two regular season games - NHL.com
Philadelphia Flyers forward Tom Sestito has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the preseason and two regular-season games.

Man charged in banana tossing incident – USATODAY.com
Ontario police have charged a man for throwing a banana on the ice toward Philadelphia Flyers player Wayne Simmonds during a game.

A sports wagering look at the 2011-12 NHL point standings - Puck Daddy
Bodog.com just released the NHL total team points over/unders and the Sabres are quite high.

Top 10: Shots in NHL history - THN
The best-ever shots the in NHL always cause fear, whether it be from velocity or accuracy.

Alex Ovechkin Explains Why He Loves America - SBNation.com
There can never be enough English translations of Russian Alex Ovechkin interviews. The latest comes from a reporter named Elena Khanian, who spoke to Ovechkin before he left for America, and it's full of Ovechkinisms from start to finish.