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Happy July 1, Sabres fans

As Buffalo Sabres fans are well aware, free agency begins today, July 1, which has been a notable day of additions and subtractions over the years. 

As is the case every year, John Vogl will be all over the day's happenings here at the Sabres Edge blog. Here are a few links to previous years' blogs, beginning with stories about the infamous July 1 in 2007:

2007 -- Notable: The departure of Drury and Briere

There was no singular blog that season, but this Sabres Edge archive page provides several posts on how that day went down (most recent at the top).

Stories in the July 1, 2007 Buffalo News: 

Briere, Drury up for grabs by Tim Graham

Bucky Gleason column: Face of franchise could change today

Stories in the July 2, 2007 Buffalo News:

Sabres leaders now part of team's past by John Vogl

Sabres never in running to re-sign co-captains by Tim Graham

Bucky Gleason column: Sabres get lesson in business

Stories in the July 3, 2007 Buffalo News:

Sabres put on a brave face by John Vogl (off news conference)

Players have varied reactions to departures by Tim Graham

Bucky Gleason column: Blame rests solely with team brass

Story in July 5, 2007 Buffalo News:

Why the captain jumped ship: Newly signed Rangers center Chris Drury says he had agreed to Sabres pact in fall

Review live blogs:

2013 -- Notable for Sabres: Not much! (actually July 5)

2012 -- Notable for Sabres: John Scott signed 

2011 -- Notable for Sabres: Ville Leino signed

2010 -- Notable for Sabres: Lost Lydman and Tallinder, signed Leopold

2009 -- Notable for Sabres: Steve Montador signed

2008 -- Notable for Sabres: Signed Patrick Lalime, not Brooks Orpik

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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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