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Ryan Miller has been the lone star of Buffalo, but the Sabres’ gang of young, talented forwards led by Thomas Vanek will lead this team to a Northeast Division title. New owner Terry Pegula opened the checkbook for the likes of Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino, who are overpaid but add to the hard-working ethic building here.
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NHL Eastern Conference preview 2011-12

After a very sad summer for the NHL and a preseason focus on head shots, concussions and suspensions, it’s time for the games again. We’ve got our 2011-12 Eastern Conference preview here for your reading and viewing enjoyment. Teams are listed in predicted order of finish in each conference.
By Arthur Staple