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Proteau's Blog: Sabres stepping on own swords

• The Buffalo Sabres suffered another dent in their armor Saturday when Ales Kotalik was sidelined for at least a month with an injured right knee.

That makes five Sabres – Kotalik, Jaro Spacek, Paul Gaustad, Max Afinogenov and Jiri Novotny – out of the lineup because of injury. Over to you, Darcy Regier.

• Never let it be said all Oilers fans are without a sense of humor. Reader Raymond Conway didn't like my Screen Shots column predicting Edmonton would miss the playoffs, and made me laugh out loud with his reply:

“I'm sure you know what I think of your prediction, and as my office e-mail filter won't let me send out that kind of an e-mail, I ask you to please just assume that I was quite rude.”

I will, Raymond. And you can assume I was wholly offended by your implied response.

• Hockey-related press release of the year comes from the Syracuse Crunch. The headline reads: Crunch invite Britney Spears To Syracuse: Women Sporting Shaved Head Will Get Free Ticket To Feb. 24 Game.

But here's the best part of the release:

"In recent weeks Spears has been the subject of negative publicity surrounding late-night partying, a very short stint in rehab and being photographed without wearing any underwear and a new shaved look."

I think they forgot a comma after the word "underwear". At least, I hope they did.


WJC 3 Stars

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