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James O’Brien

  1. Quick hits: Street hockey in Times Square, Bryan Murray’s hatred of smart phones and more

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Peter Forsberg

    While Senators GM Bryan Murray sees technology as a threat to team chemistry, at least it allows us to witness people playing street hockey … in Times Square.

  2. NHL leads the four major sports in championship parity during the last 12 seasons

    Aug 28, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    In a 12-season span, the NHL topped the four major sports when it comes to parity in its championship rounds. PHT takes a look at those numbers and also compares other eras to see how much parity has increased in the NHL.

  3. NHL 12 demo impressions roundup, plus a digital goalie fight between Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo

    Aug 27, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Here’s a quick roundup of some first impressions people shared about the NHL 12 demo. There’s also video of a trailer for the demo and a separate clip that includes a goalie fight between Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo. In a way, it’s exactly what video games are for.

  4. Jordan Hendry will audition for a spot with the Minnesota Wild after accepting a training camp tryout

    Aug 27, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Jordan Hendry

    The Wild need defensive help while Jordan Hendry needs a chance to save his career, so both sides could benefit if his training camp tryout goes well.

  5. Jamie Langenbrunner prepares for a new role with the St. Louis Blues

    Aug 27, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Jamie Langenbrunner

    After a miserable 2010-11 season, Jamie Langenbrunner seems ready for a fresh start – and a new type of role – with the St. Louis Blues.

  6. Ales Kotalik hopes to learn from struggles as he reunites with Sabres

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Mike Fisher, Ales Kotalik

    Ales Kotalik is glad to be back in Buffalo … if he can stay there, that is.

  7. Assessing the bottom of the barrel: Which remaining unrestricted free agents are worth a look?

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    John Madden

    There aren’t many options in unrestricted free agency any more, but here are a few players who at least might be worth a look.

  8. Mike Modano continues to mull retirement options: ‘I’m still on the fence’

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:20 PM EST

    Mike Modano

    Mike Modano admits that he’s “still on the fence” when it comes to a retirement decision, with a new window for a decision being mid-September.

  9. Could Shane Doan be a trade deadline target if the Coyotes falter?

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Four

    It’s likely that Shane Doan will stick with the Coyotes beyond next season, but if the 2011-12 campaign goes ugly, there’s an outside chance that he might become a trade target. PHT takes a look at which teams should keep an eye on that situation and try to land him via a trade.

  10. Hockey Canada examines non-checking options for younger players, QMJHL looks at head shots

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:28 PM EST

    NHL Concussions Protest Montreal Hockey

    The 2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit will feature plenty of discussion about how to handle the sport’s most troubling hits.

  11. Blackhawks hope that Dave Bolland can produce his best (and healthiest) regular season yet

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

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    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Four

    He might not get the fame and recognition of scorers such as Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews, but Dave Bolland has proven to be a valuable player for the Blackhawks. The team hopes that he can put together a breakthrough 2011-12 season, but that would require him to stay healthy after two injury marred campaigns.

  12. Tom Renney admits that Nikolai Khabibulin’s role next season remains a ‘great mystery’

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Edmonton Oilers v Dallas Stars

    Even Oilers coach Tom Renney admits that Nikolai Khabibulin is a big question mark next season.

  13. Dale Tallon raves about Tomas Fleischmann: He’s ‘going to be something special’

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Tomas Fleischmann

    The Panthers made some big risks during this off-season, but Tomas Fleischmann might be the biggest wild card of all. GM Dale Tallon thinks it will pay off big, saying the winger “is going to be something special.”

  14. Greed could be good for Winnipeg Jets goalies next season

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Atlanta Thrashers v Washington Capitals

    Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason are big question marks in net for Winnipeg next season, but contract years should give them plenty of motivation to perform at their highest levels.

  15. Judd Apatow tabs Ian Laperriere to make a fool of himself in upcoming movie

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Stanley Cup Media Day

    Judd Apatow enlisted Ian Laperriere for a false teeth-related gag, so the injured Flyers grinder brought Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk and Matt Carle along for the ride.

  16. Taking a look at Tuukka Rask’s unclear future with the Boston Bruins

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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    Boston Bruins v New Jersey Devils

    Tim Thomas was the best goalie in the world last season, but where does that leave high-profile backup Tuukka Rask?

  17. City of Glendale is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Coyotes being sold by end of 2011

    Aug 24, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    Coyotes Sale Hockey

    Optimism for the Phoenix Coyotes’ sale is starting to grow, with some City of Glendale officials even predicting a possible sale by the end of 2011.

  18. Michael Ryder’s brother Daniel found not guilty of holding up a convenience store

    Aug 24, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

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    Michael Ryder

    Michael Ryder’s brother Daniel was cleared of charges related to an attempted robbery of a convenience store.

  19. Should Sidney Crosby break his silence?

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    Sidney Crosby

    One Pittsburgh area writer believes that Sidney Crosby’s silence on his concussion recovery is “indefensible” and “inexplicable.”

  20. Canucks hope to spread awareness, communication about depression after Rick Rypien’s death

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:55 PM EST

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    Rick Rypien

    The Canucks hope to help others fight depression after Rick Rypien’s heartbreaking death.

  21. Sergei Bobrovsky discusses playoff struggles, addition of Ilya Bryzgalov

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:04 PM EST

    Sergei Bobrovsky

    Sergei Bobrovsky could be upset about how things went in the 2011 playoffs and the Flyers’ decision to add Ilya Bryzgalov, but it seems like the Russian netminder has a mature outlook on the situation.

  22. BioSteel is quickly becoming NHL players’ drink of choice during games

    Aug 23, 2011, 9:26 PM EST

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    Antti Niemi

    James Mirtle sheds some light on what many NHL players are actually drinking out of those Gatorade bottles.

  23. Will Matt Cooke be a changed man next season?

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    Matt Cooke, Andrei Markov

    Matt Cooke seems like he wants to change his dirty-hitting ways next season, even if many won’t forgive him for his many mistakes.

  24. Former Penguins gather to celebrate 20th anniversary of first-ever Stanley Cup win

    Aug 23, 2011, 7:44 PM EST

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    lemieuxchampagne

    Former Penguins players and staff members gathered to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Penguins’ first-ever Stanley Cup victory.

  25. Is Michael Nylander’s training camp tryout a sign that the Flyers are worried about Jaromir Jagr?

    Aug 22, 2011, 6:22 PM EST

    Czech Republic v USA - 2011 IIHF World Championship

    The Flyers handed Jaromir Jagr’s former Rangers linemate Michael Nylander a training camp tryout. Is this a low-risk investment or a sign that the team is worried about Jagr finding chemistry with the team’s other centers?

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