Daily Links for Thursday, September 8

Another summer's day has brought yet another tragedy to the world of hockey, and this time the damage wasn't limited to just one player. A plane carrying the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed yesterday in Russia killing 43 people and sparing just two survivors. The darkest offseason in hockey history can't end soon enough.

Sabres' Vanek has family ties to plane crash victim - Sabres Edge
Though no former Buffalo players were involved in todays plane crash in Russia that decimated an entire hockey organization, Sabres forward Thomas Vanek does have family ties to a victim.

Two Russian gold medalists from Buffalo World Juniors among the dead in plane crash - Sabres Edge - The Buffalo News
In addition to the former NHLers killed Wednesday in the crash of the plane carrying KHL team Kokomotiv Yaroslavl, the victims include two members of the Russian team that won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in January at HSBC Arena.

Remembering Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on hockey’s darkest day - 3rd Man In
While no former Sabres players were killed in yesterday's tragic accident, there were some players with ties to memorable moments playing against Buffalo.

Blogger's Breakouts 2011: Buffalo Sabres - Fantasy Hockey Scouts
Seven fantasy hockey questions with Sabres expert Zach Zielonka from Die By The Blade, in case you missed the post yesterday.

Dozens killed as Russian plane carrying hockey team crashes - CNN.com
A plane carrying a hockey team with international players, including some NHL veterans, crashed as it took off Wednesday afternoon from Russia's Yaroslavl airport, killing at least 43 people, Russian emergency officials said.

Deadly crash devastates KHL team, shines spotlight on Russian air safety - The Globe and Mail
Former NHLers with Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl among 43 killed in crash.

Player Media Tour commences as tragedy remains fresh - NHL.com
With the emotions of Wednesday's tragic plane crash in Russia still weighing on everyone's minds, the 2011 Player Media Tour began.

ESPN Disrespectfully Minimizes Coverage Of Lokomotiv Plane Crash - Thrashing The Blues
ESPN dropped the ball when it came to their coverage of the tragic plane crash that took the lives of nearly every member of Lokomotiv's team. Why didn't they care?

Top 10: Storylines to watch - THN
In today's countdown, we rank the top storylines to watch as training camps set to open.