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Monday morning skate: Esmonde fires back at Toronto (with POLL), the faces of Tim Murray & Bucky on Darcy

By Keith McShea

For followers of the Sabres, the start of this week is a bit different than last week (the NHL Draft, Ehrhoff buyout & free agency starting), but there some interesting things going on:

Last week, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun was so offended by Josh Gorges choosing a trade to the Sabres over one to the Maple Leafs, that he expectorated this column

Over the holiday weekend, The News' Donn Esmonde fired back.

To further explore this immense happening, we have put together some unbiased, fair-minded poll questions: 


* Thanks to The News' team of photojournalists and some research by our web staff, we have assembled a PHOTO GALLERY of the many faces of Sabres GM Tim Murray. Using the word "many" may be a bit off there. 

* In his column today, BUCKY GLEASON offers his take on Darcy Regier getting hired as an assistant general manager by the Arizona Coyotes.

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John Vogl

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