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The Sabres are off today but Lindy Ruff will have a press conference around 1 p.m. so keep it here for the latest injury updates on Tim Connolly and Jochen Hecht. In the meantime, here's some reading material for you from around the league:

We'll start in Newark, where the Sabres lost their bid to finish second in the East with their 2-1 defeat to the Devils.  Meanwhile, Ryan Miller has been named the Sabres' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.  It's for dedication to hockey and who was more dedicated to the greater good of the sport than Miller was in the wake of the Olympics?

With their No. 6 seed set, the Bruins sat Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi, and Tuukka Rask but still beat the Capitals in a shootout to end their season on a three-game winning streak.

This just in from Tampa Bay: The dysfunctional Lightning have fired coach Rick Tocchet and GM Brian Lawton. Richly deserved axes. They have a much better roster than the record shows. New owner Jeff Vinik starting from scratch.

"It's an empty feeling" for the Rangers, Chris Drury said after Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Flyers that sent the Blueshirts home for the summer. You sure can't blame Henrik Lundqvist for this one. I've got a bit of a scapegoat though: John Tortorella. Yes, the numbers say Marian Gaborik is bad at them but you let your season go down the drain in a shootout without using Gaborik but you put Olli Jokinen out for the last shot?

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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