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Daily Pucking Grind. March 30th

Erik Gudbranson Source: OHL Images Via Yahoo Sports

Today’s music selection is Second Chance by Peter Bjorn and John.

The season winds down as we have only a few games left in the regular season, but for me the thought of next year is exciting for a change.  I am truly hoping that Erik Gudbranson will be making his NHL debut in a Florida Panther sweater next season.   The 19 year old defenceman has had a interesting season playing for his junior team the Kingston Frontenacs after not being signed by the Florida Panthers before the start of this season.  Again, as I have said at least 400 times, I expect to see him with the big club next season.

The big link for today is a story that was forwarded to me by @AnneLaur (again) about Erik.  The one thing I love about this kid is his competitive nature as the article will imply.  I have sung his praise ever since we drafted him and am looking forward to his future here with the Panthers.  Take some time and read this great piece that appeared in Yahoo Sports yesterday.

More links after the jump. 

Concussion doctor wants mandatory eductation.  Globe and Mail.

Puck Daddy has a list of 10 players he’d like to see win a Stanley Cup.

And he also thinks that Patrick Kane is America’s next hockey hero.

Here’s Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts.

No suspension for Todd Bertuzzi on this hit of Chicago’s Ryan Johnson Monday night.  He did get a five minute major and a game misconduct.

Justin Bourne talks about the qualities that make up a great coach.  The Hockey News.

The Buffalo Sabres could be a sleeper in the playoffs.  Globe and Mail.

Down Goes Brown gives some thoughts on the year end awards.

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Topics: 30 Thoughts, Buffalo Sabres, Concussions, Erik Gudbranson, Florida Panthers, Kingston Frontenacs, Todd Bertuzzi

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