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  1. Tim Connolly’s Leafs stint starts as expected: with injury concerns

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:46 PM EST

    Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

    In possibly the least surprising news of the day, TSN reports that Tim Connolly will likely be a game day decision for the Maple Leafs’ season opener.

  2. Blackhawks hand GM Stan Bowman a three-year extension

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:16 PM EST

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    Stan Bowman

    Stan Bowman continues to make a name for himself after living in his famous father’s shadow. The Blackhawks signed the league’s youngest GM to a three-year contract extension today.

  3. Wojtek Wolski might be early winner of the Richards-Gaborik sweepstakes

    Oct 4, 2011, 4:14 PM EST

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    wolskiandtortsap

    While the left wing job is up in the air, reports indicate that Wojtek Wolski is the frontrunner to play alongside Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. Can the large but often soft winger take advantage of this golden opportunity, though?

  4. Tyler Seguin’s move to the wing, added PP time could help him break through

    Oct 4, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

    Tyler Seguin

    A move to the wing (and hopefully more power play time) could help Tyler Seguin improve next season. The question is: will he make a small step forward or take a giant leap in 2011-12?

  5. Flyers send Brayden Schenn to minors, waive role players

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

    schenntominors

    The Flyers made some eye-opening moves today, even if Brayden Schenn’s demotion might just be temporary. The real question revolves around their penalty kill situation, though.

  6. Capitals join forces with Penguins to support families affected by Lokomotiv tragedy

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

    lokomotivpatch

    The Capitals and Penguins will join forces to help families affected by the Lokomotiv tragedy during their Oct. 13 game in Pittsburgh.

  7. Matt Duchene wants John Tavares money for his second contract

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    Matt Duchene has produced remarkably similar stats to John Tavares, who went two picks higher in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Perhaps that’s why he’s asking for a remarkably similar second contract.

  8. Lightning place aging defenseman Mattias Ohlund on the IR

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    Brad Marchand, Mattias Ohlund

    While they await MRI results, the Lightning placed aging defenseman Mattias Ohlund on the injured reserve.

  9. Flyers have high expectations in Czechs: Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    voracekjagrap

    The Flyers have high expectations for one Czech who might be past his prime (Jaromir Jagr) and one who might not quite be there yet (Jakub Voracek).

  10. Rangers waive Sean Avery; John Tortorella gives brutally honest explanation

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    As PHT speculated about a week ago, the Rangers decided to waive pest Sean Avery. It marks another low point in a career that’s starting to have far more valleys than peaks and begs the question about the 31-year-old forward’s future.

  11. Bodog’s oddsmakers aren’t worried about Alex Ovechkin’s tough 2010-11

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    Alex Ovechkin

    Many people critique Alex Ovechkin for an off year in 2010-11, but Bodog gives him the best odds to win the Hart Trophy next season. Check out their picks for other awards in this post.

  12. 2011-12 season preview: Winnipeg Jets

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    Hurricanes Jets Hockey

    How will the Jets’ first year in Winnipeg since 1995 pan out? Check out this Dustin Byfuglien-sized 2011-12 season preview to find out.

  13. 2011-12 season preview: Washington Capitals

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Alex Ovechkin

    Can the Capitals finally get over the hump in a pivotal 2011-12 season? It’s hard to say no after they added a legitimate top goalie in Tomas Vokoun.

  14. 2011-12 season preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos

    Can the Lightning match – or even improve upon – their impressive work from the 2010-11 season and playoffs? PHT takes a look in their season preview.

  15. Troy Brouwer discusses facing his former team, including ‘that little bugger’ Patrick Kane

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:58 PM EST

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    hossabrouwer

    Troy Brouwer discusses how it felt to play against his old team, as he suited up with the Capitals against the Blackhawks Sunday night.

  16. Toronto’s final cuts could be complicated thanks to suspension, injuries

    Oct 2, 2011, 11:01 PM EST

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    gettygardiner

    Injuries and Clarke MacArthur’s suspension cause already-tough decisions to get a bit more complicated as the Leafs prepare to make their final cuts.

  17. 2011-12 season preview: Florida Panthers

    Oct 2, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

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    Florida Panthers v Dallas Stars

    Will the Panthers’ extreme makeover work out in 2011-12? Check out PHT’s season preview to find out.

  18. 2011-12 season preview: Carolina Hurricanes

    Oct 2, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    wardstaalap

    The Hurricanes ended their last season with a crushing loss to the Lightning. Can they avoid missing the playoffs for a third consecutive year in 2011-12?

  19. Winnipeg Jets face two tough road swings and two huge home opportunities

    Oct 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    Mason

    The Jets really don’t have much of a reason to complain, even if their schedule is predictably imbalanced. They’ll need to survive two lengthy sets of away games and take advantage of two similarly fortuitous homestands to make the playoffs in their first year in Winnipeg.

  20. Red Wings rule Pavel Datsyuk out of final two preseason games

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

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    datsyuk24ap

    It doesn’t sound like his back problems are too serious, but the Red Wings decided to keep Pavel Datsyuk out of the team’s last two preseason games this weekend.

  21. Sidney Crosby on playing in season opener: ‘I wouldn’t expect it’

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby

    As expected, Sidney Crosby ruled himself out of the Penguins’ season opener on Thursday, Oct. 6.

  22. Capitals could deal with small highs and lows during cyclical 2011-12 season

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    greenvokoun

    The Capitals should keep an even keel during a strangely cyclical 2011-12 season.

  23. Matthew Lombardi admits he’s nervous about making his Leafs debut tonight

    Oct 1, 2011, 3:42 PM EST

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    Matthew Lombardi, Dany Sabourin

    Matthew Lombardi will make his Maple Leafs debut tonight after dealing with post-concussion syndrome.

  24. NHL suspends Clarke MacArthur through first two games of regular season

    Oct 1, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

    Clarke MacArthur, Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader

    Clarke MacArthur will sit out the rest of the preseason as well as two regular season games for his illegal check on Justin Abdelkader.

  25. Tampa Bay shouldn’t strike out because of their schedule

    Oct 1, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Florida Panthers

    All things considered, Tampa Bay’s 2011-12 schedule is very reasonable.

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