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James O’Brien

  1. Houston and Las Vegas rank among Business Journal’s top markets for an NHL team

    Aug 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    NHL Award Nominee Media Availability

    The Business Journal released an income-related study of the best markets for the NHL, with US markets like Las Vegas and Houston ranking high while top Canadian markets could only achieve “borderline” status – at best.

  2. Kings sign rugged winger Ethan Moreau to one-year, $600K deal

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

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    Ethan Moreau

    If he can stay healthy, Ethan Moreau might be a solid veteran presence for the Kings. Los Angeles signed him to a one-year, $600K deal today.

  3. Nearly 1,000 people attend Rick Rypien’s funeral

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:04 PM EST

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    Alexandre Burrows, Mike Gillis

    Kevin Bieksa, Alexandre Burrows and Canucks GM Mike Gillis were among almost 1,000 people in attendance for Rick Rypien’s funeral on Saturday.

  4. Accepting the role of violence in hockey

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Jason Pominville

    Ken Gray suggests that the NHL should abolish fighting, head shots and maybe even body contact. Player safety is an important issue, but we must also acknowledge the fact that hockey and violence are inextricably linked.

  5. How last night’s Islanders viewing party went without the ‘brawlfest’

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    So what was the Islanders’ viewing party like after the team asked MSG not to re-air their “brawlfest” with the Pittsburgh Penguins? One report indicates it was still a pretty festive scene.

  6. Another blast from the past: David Aebischer receives training camp tryout with Winnipeg

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EST

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    After four years in the Swiss league, David Aebischer might get another shot at the NHL via a training camp tryout with the Winnipeg Jets. He faces long odds, but if nothing else, it could be an interesting story to follow in September.

  7. Deflated tires: Roberto Luongo has second thoughts on Tim Thomas Stanley Cup comments

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:44 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Roberto Luongo spoke about the pain of losing in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals and his regrets about criticizing Tim Thomas.

  8. Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis optimistic about Luke Schenn and Matthew Lombardi

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Maple Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis said that the team should agree to a new contract with Luke Schenn before training camp. Nonis also had a vague but optimistic report about Matthew Lombardi.

  9. Brendan Shanahan says removing goalie trapezoid wouldn’t make a big difference

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:27 PM EST

    Steve Ott, Jose Theodore

    Many people in the hockey world find the goalie trapezoid to be a silly post-lockout rule change, but Brendan Shanahan didn’t notice a big difference when it was removed during the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp.

  10. Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux named as final NHL 12’s legends; How will they be used in game?

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

    Mario Lemieux

    Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe were the final two legends that EA Sports announced for NHL 12. Check out the promotional video and a little insight on how all nine legends will be integrated into the game.

  11. Deaths of Boogaard, Rypien prompt NHL to examine its support programs

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

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    After Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien’s untimely deaths, the NHL is examining its support programs.

  12. Dan Bylsma hasn’t asked Sidney Crosby for health updates this summer

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby, Dan Bylsma

    Dan Bylsma says that he hasn’t spoken to Sidney Crosby about how he’s been feeling this summer, but discussed the fact that he’ll have a plan if Crosby’s recovery period continues beyond training camp and the start of next season.

  13. Yzerman, Roy, Roenick and Salming added to NHL 12’s legends list while nitpicking begins

    Aug 17, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

    Steve Yzerman

    Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy, Borje Salming and Jeremy Roenick join Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios and Wayne Gretzky on the list of legends who will appear in NHL 12. While many of us wonder which two (or more) legends will round out that group, some are complaining about the “little things” like the equipment those players used.

  14. 2011 NHL RDO Camp: Dan Bylsma, Bruce Boudreau discuss icing on the penalty kill

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    Dan Bylsma

    Dan Bylsma had an interesting way of testing the advantages that come with icing being called on penalty killing squads while Bruce Boudreau provided his insight on that tactic and how teams would handle the rule in general.

  15. Hockey Canada names Ron Tugnutt their full-time goalie consultant for 2011-12 season

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Winnipeg Thrashers Hockey

    Former NHL goalie Ron Tugnutt was promoted to a full-time position as Hockey Canada’s goalie consultant for next season.

  16. Matt Bradley assesses Washington Capitals, says former teammate Alexander Semin ‘just doesn’t care’

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins

    Matt Bradley wasn’t afraid to give an honest assessment of his former team, the Washington Capitals. In the process, he backed up many common criticisms of the team, with Alexander Semin receiving the harshest critiques of them all.

  17. 2011 NHL RDO Camp: Today’s schedule, curved glass, faceoff tweaks and the green line

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Max Pacioretty Zdeno Chara

    Here’s our first update on the 2011 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp. This post includes discussion of curved glass next to player benches, a green goal verification line, a tweak to faceoffs and Wednesday’s schedule of events. Stay tuned for more updates throughout today and tomorrow.

  18. Eastern Conference players who will be under big-time pressure next season

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:16 PM EST

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    NHL.com provided a list of 15 players from the East who will under big-time pressure next season, but here’s nine more who will face intense scrutiny.

  19. Bill Daly on Islanders watch party: ‘We do not approve of the use, based on what we know’

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    Both the NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins disapprove of the New York Islanders viewing party, but they might just have to live with it.

  20. Best news of the day? Jonas Hiller says he expects to be ready for training camp

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

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    Jonas Hiller

    Could Jonas Hiller’s vertigo issues be behind him? The Ducks goalie said that he expects to be able to attend training camp and be ready for the 2011-12 season. In fact, he even went as far as to set another All-Star nod as his goal.

  21. Judas Priest, Billy Idol and Bush headline NHL 12’s soundtrack

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

    Rob Halford, singer, songwriter and musi

    EA Sports released the soundtrack for NHL 12. If you think that we won’t make any cheesy jokes involving the song titles, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.

  22. NHL Network will carry ‘That’s Hockey’ during this year’s research and development camp

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

    The US version of NHL Network will carry TSN’s “That’s Hockey” program during the 2011 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp on Wednesday and Thursday.

  23. Daniel Alfredsson reportedly skated for first time since undergoing back surgery today

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals

    Bruce Garrioch reports that Daniel Alfredsson skated for the first time since undergoing back surgery today, which indicates that the captain’s rehab continues to stay on track.

  24. Are the Calgary Flames legitimate playoff contenders?

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Edmonton Oilers v Calgary Flames

    Flames GM Jay Feaster thinks that next year’s Flames will resemble the one that put together a nice second-half run, which is why he didn’t change the team a whole lot. So is Calgary a legitimate contender next season? PHT examines their roster to try to answer that question.

  25. Fans, former teammates and foes remember Rick Rypien

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

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    Here is a collection of some of the tributes from Rick Rypien’s fans, teammates and even former opponents.

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