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Sabres Report Cards: Cody Franson

Die By The Blade (Andy Boron) — Help us decide how to grade Cody Franson’s most recent season. The season is over, and we’re going to rate every player who played more than 20 games this season on their performance the same way we were all graded back in the day - on a report card scale of A to F. We’re taking a look at everyone from Bailey to Rodrigues in our 2016-17 Buffalo Sabres Report Cards. Age: 29 ...
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Why I’m a fan of junior hockey

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (elseldo) — This is probably the only good thing Eugene Melnyk has done hockey wise. Welcome to the refreshed Pension Plan Puppets! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to do the same, head over to the FanPosts to begin. We’re collecting all of the stories here . Come Fan With Us! This...
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FTB: Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins ultimate hockey championship tonight

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (Species 1967) — Save us Phil Kessel! You’re our only hope. Welcome to our nu formak! You may have noticed things look a little different around here today (assuming it’s actually turned on yet). As with prior nu formaks, there will be tweaks in the coming days based on your feedback. If a particular design choice irks you, feel free to write an email to support@sbnation.com, and tell them exactly what you...
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U.S. special operations forces face growing demands and increased risks

Los Angeles Times (W.J. Hennigan) — Touching down before dawn, Somali “Lightning” commandos climbed out of U.S. military helicopters and carefully advanced in the dark toward a ramshackle compound tucked into muddy farmland dotted by banana trees. U.S. surveillance had monitored the site for days after an intelligence tip signaled...
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U.S. special operations forces face growing demands and increased risks

Los Angeles Times (W.J. Hennigan) — Touching down before dawn, Somali “Lightning” commandos climbed out of U.S. military helicopters and carefully advanced in the dark toward a ramshackle compound tucked into muddy farmland dotted by banana trees. U.S. surveillance had monitored the site for days after an intelligence tip signaled...
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2017 Memorial Cup recap: The Windsor Spitfires make it past the Erie Otters

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (elseldo) — Despite looking close early on, the Spitfires survived on the back of their goalie. The Windsor Spitfires came into the Memorial Cup with six weeks off. Six weeks to rest their team, heal their injuries, and practice, practice, practice. In the first round of the OHL playoffs the Spitfires battled the defending champion London Knights. Seven hard fought games that saw two go to overtime, and...
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2017 NHL Draft: Who’s afraid of Michael Rasmussen?

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (Acting the Fulemin) — Rasmussen could go in the top 5 or could drop out of the top 20. Is he Tyler Biggs or just very big? In the hockey blogosphere in 2017, if you want to make fun of a bad idea, you attribute it to Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning. The Canucks are poised to pick fifth overall, and the popular joke has them picking Michael Rasmussen. And I’ve seen several stat-minded writers and Tweets who are...
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From the Branches: PK Subban is a Western Conference Champion

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (Baseball Annie) — Predators will play for the Cup, Senators face elimination tonight, and Otters set Memorial Cup records Good morning, PPP! Last night, the Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-3, winning Game 6 and the series. They will go on to the Stanley Cup Finals, and I’m not sure anyone’s happier about that than PK Subban. P.K. is pumped! pic.twitter.com/ybfUKNCtsV — Blinn Manuel...
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What We Learned: NHL parity is actually insanely bad

Yahoo.com: Puck Daddy (Ryan Lambert) — (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) The quality of the hockey in these playoffs has been good. Mostly. The quality of the teams in these playoffs, at least those still standing, kind of...
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Draft Cupcakes: Kristian Vesalainen

Mile High Hockey (Sandie Gauthier) — Kristian Vesalainen is Finland’s power forward threat for the 2017 Draft. [ The Hockey News ] Kristian Vesalainen – 2017 NHL Draft prospect profile. [ The Hockey Writers ] Kristian Vesalainen scouting report. [ Last Word on Sports ] 2017 NHL Draft target: Meet Kristian Vesalainen. [ Pension Plan Puppets ] Scouting the 2017 NHL draft: Kristian Vesalainen. [ Raw Charge ]
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To Touch or Not to Touch: A Statistical Analysis of Hockey’s Conference Trophy Superstition

On the Forecheck (Bobby Misey) — Please knock on wood during this entire article. Do it all the time. Please. For the first time in franchise history, the Clarence S. Campbell trophy, the trophy awarded to the winner of the NHL’s Western Conference, will be inside Bridgestone Arena. It’s funny how in the NHL, winning the conference is not a big deal. In the MLB and NFL, teams go nuts after winning their conference...
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Round 3, Game 5 preview: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators

SBN: Silver Seven (theianalex) — A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 21, 2017 After their comeback bid fell short on Friday night in Ottawa, the Sens head into Pittsburgh this afternoon with the series tied at two games apiece. The Sens have a record of 4-0 in afternoon games this playoff season, with all four of those wins coming in overtime. The Sens are hoping that the...
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Sunday's Dump & Chase: Resilience

On the Forecheck (Marya K) — It's a total buzzword, but the way the Predators played last night, you'd never realize they were missing their most important player. Eleven down, five to go. Report: Ryan Johansen diagnosed with acute compartment syndrome | ProHockeyTalk Obviously no confirmation from the team, but if true it was caught very quickly and he should suffer no ill effects. Subban thrills Nashville, fits in...
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From the Branches: Bernier didn’t have that

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (nafio) — Meanwhile, Marner and Nylander battle for gold today! Good morning, PPPeople. I remembered it was my FTB at er, midnight. Fortunately, today’s gold medal battle of the Leafs rookies won’t be on until 2:45pm Eastern, so I will likely be conscious again by that point, no matter how long this takes me. Mitch Marner needs at least three points in the game to tie William Nylander ’s current...
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From the Branches: Sens haf phaneuf of the Penguins

SBN: Pension Plan Puppets (Achariya) — Happy holiday weekend, Canadians! Also, happy Mike Babcock day! In honor of that day, I think it’s appropriate to laugh at Mike Harrington. You don’t need to give this clicks if you don’t want to: From May 20, 2015: Woe is us? Woe, Sabres? No way. | Buffalo News “A coach who comes here just to make a financial statement to his old boss and for coaches around the league is not my idea of...
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