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The opening of NHL free agency this weekend marks 10 years since the Sabres let co-captains Danny Briere and Chris Drury get away, gutting the heart of the Sabres' Presidents' Trophy-winning, post-lockout teams. Here is a look back at News covers and stories from that week. July 1 As free agency opened, Tim Graham's story noted that Briere and Drury were thought to b…

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One day after the Buffalo Sabres lost co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, fans weren't the only ones trying to cope. Former teammates were coming to grips with the departures, too. Drury and Briere led the Sabres to the Presidents' Trophy last season and a second straight trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Now the Sabres must move forward without two of th…

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In case you hadn't heard, Joe Thornton signed a three-year contract extension worth $21.6 million with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. The former Hart Trophy winner had one year remaining on his contract, but the Sharks didn't want to risk the possibility of losing their best player. It made such good sense that the Calgary Flames decided to follow suit. They're working …

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The Buffalo Sabres lost them both. Black Sunday will go down as one of the most demoralizing days in franchise history. Gone in the span of about five hours were co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. The popular centers signed contracts to play elsewhere, leaving the Sabres with a vestige of their very soul. Briere accepted a whopping eight-year, $52 million dea…

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Daniel Briere and Chris Drury could have new uniforms this afternoon. By most accounts, they might as well be considered former Buffalo Sabres co-captains already. The free agency market opens for business at noon today. Of the dozens of players up for grabs, Briere and Drury are among the five or six most coveted. They shouldn't remain unattached for long. "There…