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Thursday’s FTB: Pessimism for the Sabres, Sens and Jets

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Snarking at our friends on a Thursday.

Buffalo Sabres v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Good morning, cool cats. Your links:

ICYMI

Nafio and Annie: The CWHL Keeps It Promise After years of working to build a solid foundation, the CWHL is beginning to pay its players. This is a big deal.

Katya: How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Leafs’ Defence Roster? The Leafs may not have an elite 1D, but they sure have a lot of depth scrapping for third-pair spots.

Fulemin: The Optimist/Pessimist Leafs’ Season Preview I took a look at the Leafs’ season from two angles. Each angle is a crazy person.

Fulemin: NHL Changes Rules On Offsides, Timeouts Elliotte Friedman has reported multiple rule changes for this upcoming year.

Around The Blogosphere

Silver Seven Sens: Five Reasons To Be Optimistic The good Ottawans of SSS seem to be doing the optimism thing, but they don’t appear to have the pessimistic view down yet. I’m here to help:

The Buffalo Star: The Case For Rasmus Ristolainen All of the Sabres fans are touting this as a very smart take on Ristolainen because it tries to absolve him of having terrible shot stats. Between you and me, I don’t think it does more than write “but context!” except with many more words.

Winging It In Motown: P.A. Parenteau Coming To Wings Camp On PTO Species remarked on this yesterday, but PAP is one of those odd players who never seems to get contracts in line with his results. His post-deadline performance with Nashville last year was pretty bad, but he’s down to last-chance status now.

L.A. Kings T25U25: #18, Boko Imama Those slackers over at JFTC are only doing their T25U25 just now. Here’s their 18th pick, a power forward who’s been impressing in the QMJHL.

Arctic Ice Hockey: Maurice and Cheveldayoff Signed To Multi-Year Extensions I’m willing to believe the Jets will be good this year if Mason can hold it together, but Cheveldayoff has produced zero playoff wins since being hired in 2011, and his best players are either first-round picks or guys he inherited from Atlanta...and again, his team hasn’t won a playoff game.

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