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  1. Brad Marchand practices with Bruins, remains unsure about contract situation

    Sep 8, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

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    Brad Marchand

    Brad Marchand’s contract negotiations might force him to miss some of training camp, but when you consider the fact that he was practicing with the team today, it seems clear that the situation should be resolved sooner or later.

  2. John Tavares says that he’d love to be the Islanders’ next captain

    Sep 8, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    New York Islanders Draft Party

    John Tavares expressed interest in becoming the next Islanders captain, now that the position was vacated by Doug Weight’s retirement.

  3. Penguins bring back Richard Park with one-year, two-way deal

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:29 PM EST

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    Dwayne Roloson, Richard Park

    Richard Park’s career has come full circle as he signed with the Penguins, who drafted him in 1994.

  4. KHL postpones games until September 12, will ask other clubs to help rebuild Lokomotiv

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:04 AM EST

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    The KHL will put its games on hold for five days to deal with the ramifications of the awful Lokomotiv crash, with play resuming on Monday, September 12. The league also will call upon its other teams to help rebuild Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

  5. Looking back at the legacies of the victims of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy

    Sep 7, 2011, 7:05 PM EST

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    Slovakia v Germany: Group A - 2011 IIHF World Championship

    PHT looks back at the careers and lasting impacts left behind by the victims of the Yaroslavl Lokomotive crash.

  6. The NHL’s ‘Emergency Rehabilitation Plan’ would cover nightmare scenarios like a plane crash

    Sep 7, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

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    Are you wondering how the league would handle a situation like the KHL is going through with Lokomotiv Yaroslav? Read about the NHL’s “Emergency Rehabilitation Plan” in this post.

  7. Flyers’ letter to season ticket holders confirms 2012 Winter Classic

    Sep 7, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Darroll Powe

    A Flyers’ letter to season ticket holders confirmed the long-held expectations that the team will host the New York Rangers in the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

  8. NHL players, Gary Bettman react to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s ‘catastrophic loss’

    Sep 7, 2011, 2:28 PM EST

    Russia Crash

    Many NHL players expressed their condolences regarding Lokomotiv Yaroslavl’s tragic plane crash today, while Gary Bettman spoke about the “catastrophic loss to the hockey world.”

  9. Milan Lucic questioned by police after shouting match with girlfriend, no charges were filed

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

    Milan Lucic

    Police questioned Milan Lucic after he got into a screaming match with his girlfriend on Tuesday, but no charges were filed and there were no signs of physical harm.

  10. Poll results: PHT readers prefer the Los Angeles Kings’ new look

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Four

    PHT readers think that the Kings made the best move by making their alternate jerseys their full-time look. In fact, they think that those Gretzky-era inspired duds are even better than the ones Wayne Gretzky wore in the early 90’s.

  11. Detroit shouldn’t be offended by Tomas Vokoun’s reasons for choosing Washington

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Florida Panthers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    Some might view Tomas Vokoun’s comments as bulletin board material for the Red Wings, but the biggest factors point to the fact that Washington just made more sense for the underrated goalie.

  12. Fernando Pisani should embrace reality and accept a training camp tryout

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:22 AM EST

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks

    Fernando Pisani might want to consider taking a training camp tryout offer if he wants to continue his NHL career.

  13. Let the nitpicking begin: The first batch of NHL 12 player ratings are out

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:24 PM EST

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    Want to know who is the highest rated skater in NHL 12 and how the legends ended up faring? This post reveals the top three skaters from each team via videos from Operation Sports.

  14. Quebec City’s hopes of landing an NHL team improve after council approves naming rights deal

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:25 PM EST

    Nordiques Rally Hockey

    Quebec City’s council approved Quebecor’s naming rights deal, which could net the city $63.5 million over 25 years – if the NHL comes back to the former market. This marks a big step in that direction, but the city still has a long way to go before they can land a team if they get the arena built by 2015.

  15. Alex Ovechkin calls his body ‘perfect,’ signs endorsement deal with Bauer

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:46 PM EST

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    Alex Ovechkin

    Alex Ovechkin responded to weight-related questions by saying that his body is “perfect” right now. He hopes that his new equipment is an ideal fit, too, as he signed a six-year endorsement deal with Bauer.

  16. Report: Dallas Stars could have a new owner in place by the end of the year

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

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    Reports indicate that the Stars could have a new owner in place before 2012, with the team’s bankruptcy hearing currently scheduled for September 14.

  17. Chris Clark reportedly accepts tryout offer with Boston Bruins

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    Columbus Blue Jackets v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Chris Clark hopes to earn a contract with the Bruins by impressing them during a training camp tryout.

  18. Lightning bits: Yzerman advises players to wear visors, Ryan Malone should be ready for next season

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

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    Steven Stamkos

    Raw Charge wonders if Lightning players will heed Steve Yzerman’s request to wear visors, while recent updates indicate that Ryan Malone should be healthy enough to return by the end of the preseason.

  19. Jesse Boulerice’s wife takes to Facebook to announce controversial hitter’s retirement

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    Jesse Boulerice made headlines for all the wrong reasons during his hockey career, but he’ll leave the sport in a strange way.

  20. Cam Ward, other Hurricanes players wear strobe glasses in hopes of improving vision

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    Dominic Moore, Cam Ward

    Cam Ward is among the Hurricanes players who are wearing “strobe glasses” to try to improve their on-ice vision.

  21. ‘Choosing to lose’ vs. accepting life in hockey’s lower middle class

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    Oilers Coyotes Hockey

    It’s starting to look like the Battle of Alberta might become a battle of team building models, as the Oilers try to rebuild while the Flames hope to make the best of what they have.

  22. Charitable donations pick up steam as hockey world mourns Wade Belak’s death

    Sep 4, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

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    Wade Belak

    Wade Belak’s funeral was a private affair, but the general public is trying to make the best of a sad situation by generating donations to charity in honor of the fallen enforcer.

  23. Oilers should benefit from Eric Belanger’s steadying presence

    Sep 4, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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    Nashville Predators v Phoenix Coyotes

    Signing Eric Belanger might not be a flashy move, but his experience, versatility and faceoff skills fill quite a few needs for the rebuilding Oilers.

  24. Devils enforcer Cam Janssen discusses dealing with depression, stresses of his role

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

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    Edmonton Oilers v St. Louis Blues

    Cam Janssen admits that depression is often a part of the stressful job of being an NHL enforcer.

  25. Looking back at the beginning of fantasy hockey

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Two

    NHL.com traces fantasy hockey’s possible roots back to a 1981 league that included Sam Rosen and former Rangers GM Neil Smith.

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