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James O’Brien

  1. Are these 10 players primed for bounce back seasons?

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Nicklas Backstrom, Martin Brodeur

    NHL.com put together an interesting list of 10 players who might bounce back next season. PHT weighs in regarding which ones might actually do that.

  2. Blue Jackets’ rebound hopes ultimately rest on Steve Mason’s shaky shoulders

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

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    Mike Knuble, Steve Mason

    The Blue Jackets are gambling a crucial season on Steve Mason turning things around after two lousy seasons. PHT explores why that’s a shaky proposition that might cost Columbus GM Scott Howson his job.

  3. Buffalo Sabres sign Marc-Andre Gragnani to one-year deal, must clean up salary cap mess

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    Marc-Andre Gragnani

    The good news is that Sabres re-signed Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year contract. The bad news is that they’re hovering high above the salary cap ceiling this summer and will face some tough decisions next off-season as well.

  4. A big new contract won’t hurt Brooks Laich’s world-class work ethic

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    Brooks Laich, Chris Drury

    Brooks Laich’s six-year, $27 million contract might be a bit much, but it looks like he’s going to do his best to earn every penny.

  5. Andrei Kostitsyn shouldn’t blame Jacques Martin for his struggles

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

    Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers

    Andrei Kostitsyn was quick to blame Jacques Martin for his flat numbers, but most of the facts point to the fact that he’s the one who falling short.

  6. Vancouver angst could sully Milan Lucic’s day with the Stanley Cup

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    Bitter Canucks fans will probably ensure that Vancouver native Milan Lucic’s day with the Stanley Cup will be subdued.

  7. Ian White might jostle with Jonathan Ericsson for spot in Red Wings’ top four

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Two

    With Brian Rafalski out of the picture because of his retirement, the Red Wings might witness a battle between Ian White and Jonathan Ericsson for time in the team’s top two defensive pairings.

  8. Francis Bouillon is working out again, but won’t be ready for some time

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Francis Bouillon, T. J. Oshie

    Francis Bouillon might still have a long way to go to recover from concussion issues, but the good news is that he’s working out again.

  9. Blues set August 22 deadline for team sale bids

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:33 AM EST

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    Dave Checketts

    The Blues set an August 22 for nonbinding bids for parties interested in buying the team. Read this post for more on that and other deadlines that could be relevant to the sell of the St. Louis team.

  10. Report: Drew Doughty’s contract talks could extend to September

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

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    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Even after the other big restricted free agent dominoes fell, Drew Doughty’s talks remain in limbo. In fact, Kings GM Dean Lombardi said the sides haven’t spoken in two weeks.

  11. Wait, what? Nikita Filatov says he’s been promised a spot on Senators’ first or second line

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:31 PM EST

    nikitafilatov

    Blue Jackets castoff Nikita Filatov has six goals and 13 points in his disappointing NHL career so far. So why are the Senators promising him a spot on their first or second line next season?

  12. Martin Erat looks forward to healthier 2011-12 season

    Aug 10, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

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    Martin Erat, Alex Goligoski, Jamie Langenbrunner

    Reports indicate that Martin Erat is looking healthy after fighting back problems last season. That’s a big concern for Nashville, a team that needs every bit of offensive creativity they can get.

  13. Can Cam Barker get his career back on track in Edmonton?

    Aug 10, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

    Cam Barker, Patrick Marleau

    It’s been a rough past two seasons for offensive defenseman Cam Barker, a player who was drafted right after Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in 2004. Can he turn things around with the Oilers next season?

  14. Ducks GM discusses statuses of Teemu Selanne, Jonas Hiller

    Aug 8, 2011, 6:03 PM EST

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    Teemu Selanne

    Ducks GM Bob Murray provided an update regarding Jonas Hiller and Teemu Selanne, although the details are more than a little vague.

  15. Echoes of NBA 2K11? Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and other legends will appear in NHL ’12

    Aug 8, 2011, 5:25 PM EST

    gretzky99

    Perhaps taking a cue from NBA 2K11’s popular inclusion of Michael Jordan, it looks like EA Sports’ upcoming NHL ’12 will feature legends such as Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Gordie Howe and more.

  16. Chris Pronger expects to play a full season in 2011-12

    Aug 8, 2011, 4:38 PM EST

    Chris Pronger

    Even though he’s far behind his normal off-season training schedule, Chris Pronger seems optimistic that the 2011-12 season will be a healthy one.

  17. Predators organization stuck with Brett Lebda after he clears waivers

    Aug 8, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

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    lebdagetty

    To the surprise of just about no one, Brett Lebda cleared waivers today.

  18. Ducks hand coach Randy Carlyle a three-year contract extension

    Aug 8, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

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    Anaheim Ducks v San Jose Sharks

    The Ducks handed head coach Randy Carlyle a three-year contract extension that concludes in the 2013-14 season. It’s good to get that out of the way because the 2011-12 season that might be his most challenging campaign behind the Ducks bench.

  19. Alex Kovalev bashes Ottawa media, hints at possibility of eventual NHL return

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Kovalev

    Alex Kovalev will be far away from Ottawa after signing a two-year deal with the KHL, but that doesn’t mean that the wounds from his experience with the Senators (and the media) have totally healed.

  20. Mike Comrie won’t return until he completes rehab from hip surgery; Is his career over?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings

    Mike Comrie’s NHL career is on hold as he continues to rehab from hip surgery. Could this be the last we see of Comrie?

  21. Could the St. Louis Blues be a ‘sleeper team’ in the West?

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

    David Backes, Chris Stewart

    Could the St. Louis Blues be the “sleeper team” of the West next season? Let’s take a look.

  22. Striking while the team’s hot: Lightning reportedly sell twice as many season tickets for 2011-12

    Aug 7, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Three

    The steady stream of positivity keeps building for the Lightning organization, as they reportedly doubled their season ticket sales for 2011-12 and earned about a 90 percent renewal rate to boot.

  23. Not all of this week’s Sean Avery news is bad: Namesake horse wins Vanderbilt Handicap

    Aug 7, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Longfellows Stakes Horse Racing

    Sean Avery (the hockey player) might be making bad gambles with cops this week, but Sean Avery (the thoroughbred horse) actually beat the odds by winning a race Sunday.

  24. Chara, Ovechkin and Phaneuf make list of 10 ‘biggest hitters’

    Aug 6, 2011, 6:24 PM EST

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    fearsomehitters

    Four active NHLers made NHL.com’s list of the ten biggest hitters. Check out who they were and discuss those choices in this post.

  25. Tackling how the US debt debacle might affect the NHL

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:27 PM EST

    A picture shows the reflection of a man

    With the United States credit rating taking an “unprecedented blow,” blogger Dirk Hoag broke down how that might affect Canadian and American NHL teams. “Read more” for the details and some extra thoughts.

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