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Northeast breakdown: Buffalo Sabres

Northeast breakdown: Buffalo Sabres

For the next four days will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.

This week: Northeast Division. Today: Buffalo Sabres

20011-12 Record: 39-32-11, 89 points

Where they finished: 3rd in Northeast; 9th in East; 19th in NHL

Coach: Lindy Ruff, 15th season

Key arrivals: C Steve Ott, C Kevin Porter, D Adam Pardy, D John Scott

Key departures: C Derek Roy, C Jochen Hecht, RW Ales Kotalik, RW Brad Boyes

Projected lineup
Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson - Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford
Nathan Gerbe - Steve Ott - Ville Leino
Corey Tropp - Matt Ellis - Patrick Kaleta
Cody McCormick - John Scott

Jordan Leopold - Tyler Myers
Christian Ehrhoff - Robyn Regehr
Andrej Sekera - Mike Weber
Adam Pardy

Ryan Miller - Jhonas Enroth

Our Take: The Sabres failed to meet expectations last season and general manager Darcy Regier made little alterations to his lineup, exchanging veteran Derek Roy for hard-edged center Steve Ott. The addition of Ott gives the Sabres some much-needed grit and if world-class goaltender Ryan Miller can stay healthy there is every reason to think this will be a bounce-back season in Buffalo.

Offseason grade: C

Will they make the 2013 playoffs? Yes.

Projected finish: 5th in East

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!


But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.


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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

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Dmitry Orlov dazzles his hometown of Novokuznetsk with the Stanley Cup

Friday featured Dmitry Orlov and his jam-packed schedule with the coveted Stanley Cup.

The 27-year-old native of Russia decided to take the Cup to Novokuznetsk (located in the southwest region of Siberia) for a meet and greet with fans by the Ferris wheel at Gagarin City Park.

It should be mentioned that Orlov's day with the trophy was nearly derailed after a travel glitch that sent the Cup to Novosibirsk instead of his hometown. 

Thanks to the ultimate assist from a helicopter, the Cup arrived in style and set up one memorable entrance for the defenseman. 

Orlov released this hype video which highlights his entire day on Instagram: 

Дорогие друзья! Огромное спасибо, что разделили с нами наш праздник! Для нас это значимое и большое событие! Ещё раз приносим искренние извинения за задержку с кубком! И спасибо за понимание, мы старались сделать все максимально быстро! Спасибо за тёплый приём! Нашим родным, друзьям, тренерам, отдельная благодарность! Вы сделали наш праздник, наш день! Мы никогда не забудем этот праздник! P.S. Лена @govor_elena , тебе и твоим родным, отдельная благодарность, если бы не ваша помощь, то не известно когда бы кубок был в Новокузнецке!

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Talk about a banner weekend for the Washington Capitals. The Ovechkins welcomed their new son, Sergei Aleksandrovich, into the world and Orlov pulled off yet another spectacular day with the Cup.