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  1. Is the NHL’s ‘monster deal’ with Molson Coors in danger after Labatt’s wins case against league?

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:42 PM EDT

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    Labatt_Logo

    Labatt’s contested the NHL’s “monster deal” with Molson Coors and won in court today.

  2. Alex Burrows hopes to limit his mistakes (and snacks?) in Game 2

    Jun 3, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Alex Burrows Roberto Luongo

    Canucks forward Alex Burrows avoided a suspension for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 and goat status because his team won, but he knows he needs to make better decisions going forward.

  3. Vancouver’s Green Men draw Brad Marchand’s ire, sponsored trip to Boston for Games 3 and 4

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Canucks Green Men

    The Green Men drew the attention of Bruins pest Brad Marchand in Game 1. It’s likely they’ll receive even more attention – some of it unwanted and scary – when they travel to Boston for Game 3 and 4 next week.

  4. Flyers won’t re-sign Joacim Eriksson, another sign of their confidence in Sergei Bobrovsky

    Jun 3, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

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    Paul Holmgren

    The Flyers elected not to re-sign goalie prospect Joacim Eriksson today. This will be surprising news to many since he was once considered the top goalie in the team’s farm system.

  5. Buffalo Sabres sign Drew Stafford to four-year, $16M contract extension

    Jun 3, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Drew Stafford

    The Sabres wrapped up pending restricted free agent Drew Stafford to a four-year deal reportedly worth $16 million today.

  6. Matthew Barnaby served two protective orders after incident with his ex-wife

    Jun 3, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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    NHL All Star Player Media Availability

    The Associated Press reports that Matthew Barnaby was served with two protective orders* following an alleged incident between Barnaby and his ex-wife and her boyfriend on May 13. Those two orders prohibit Barnaby from “making offensive contact” with Barnaby’s ex-wife or her boyfriend. The former NHL player and current ESPN/TSN analyst pleaded not guilty to…

  7. Winnipeg’s team name will emerge once they sell 13,000 season tickets; Front office questions linger

    Jun 2, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    NHL in Winnipeg

    The hockey world won’t know what the new Winnipeg team’s name will be until after they sell 13,000 season tickets. While people await that question, perhaps the franchise should decide who will run the team as well?

  8. A step in the right direction: Sidney Crosby cleared to begin off-ice workouts

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    Sidney Crosby has been cleared to participate in off-ice workouts, an important step as he hopes to be ready for Penguins’ training camp.

  9. Off-season bits: Sabres sign first rounder Mark Pysyk; Blues extend Roman Polak

    Jun 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    polakgetty

    The Sabres signed 2010 first rounder Mark Pysyk while the Blues gave Roman Polak a five-year contract extension.

  10. Report: Dallas Stars’ ownership uncertainty will force them to part ways with Brad Richards

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    richardsgetty

    A shaky ownership situation will probably prohibit the Dallas Stars from offering Brad Richards a new contract. Read this post for the details, including the possibility of trading his exclusive negotiating rights.

  11. NHL won’t fine or suspend Alex Burrows for his bite on Patrice Bergeron

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Alex Burrows; Patrice Bergeron;

    The NHL won’t fine or suspend Alex Burrows for biting Patrice Bergeron. Check out this post for more details and poll results.

  12. Video: Net Cam footage from Bruins-Canucks Game 1

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    DAVID KREJCI, CHRIS HIGGINS, ROBERTO LUONGO

    Check out Net Cam highlights from Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals between the Canucks and Bruins.

  13. Bruins-Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup finals opener produces best Game 1 ratings since 1999

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    Raffi Torres ; Tim Thomas;Johnny Boychuk

    The Bruins and Canucks’ opening contest of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals drew the best Game 1 overnight ratings since 1999.

  14. Report: NHL expected to have informal meeting with Alex Burrows about biting incident

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Alex Burrows; Patrice Bergeron;

    The NHL is expected to have an informal meeting with Alex Burrows about his bite (or non-bite?) on Patrice Bergeron. Tell us if Burrows deserves further discipline for the incident by voting in the poll.

  15. Too strange to be fake? Oilers forward Gilbert Brule picked up hitchhiking U2 singer Bono

    Jun 2, 2011, 3:46 AM EDT

    Bono

    Here’s a story you won’t read every day: Oilers forward Gilbert Brule apparently picked up an unlikely hitchhiker in the form of U2 lead singer Bono earlier this week.

  16. Bruins-Canucks Game 1 reactions: Claude Julien calls Alex Burrows bite ‘a classless move’

    Jun 2, 2011, 1:34 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    Check out some post-game reactions from both sides of the Bruins-Canucks Game 1 match in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

  17. Canucks outlasted the Bruins in third period, but how much did Game 1 really tell us?

    Jun 2, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

    Raffi Torres ; Tim Thomas;

    Both teams have negatives and positives to take from Game 1, but it’s tough not to wonder how much we really learned about this Bruins-Canucks series after a strange first set.

  18. Vancouver Canucks beat Boston Bruins 1-0, take 1-0 series lead

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:04 PM EDT

    Maxim Lapierre, Raffi Torres

    Raffi Torres scored with less than 19 seconds left to give Vancouver a 1-0 Game 1 win and 1-0 series lead.

  19. Steady stream of penalties interrupts flow for both teams, second period ends 0-0

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:21 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    A penalty-packed first two periods in Game 1 left both teams shaking their heads while a David Krejci cross-check forced Dan Hamhuis to the Canucks’ locker room. Read all about the second period in this post.

  20. Video: Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron, might face suspension

    Jun 1, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Alex Burrows is probably primed for a suspension after biting Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period of Game 1.

  21. Roberto Luongo and Tim Thomas stand strong in Game 1’s wide open first period

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    The Bruins and Canucks created a ton of chances in a wide-open first period, but the score remained 0-0 because of brilliant work by Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo.

  22. Your primer for Game 1 of 2011 Stanley Cup finals between Bruins, Canucks

    Jun 1, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Want to catch up with all the PHT content heading into Game 1 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Read all about the Bruins and Canucks in this post.

  23. Bruins and Canucks most likely to become villains in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals

    Jun 1, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks

    Which Bruins and Canucks are most likely to be considered “villains” in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Here are prime candidates from each team.

  24. Bruins continue to reap rewards of Cam Neely trade with Canucks 25 years later

    Jun 1, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic

    It would be bad enough if you judged the Cam Neely trade just by how his career (and Glen Wesley’s seven seasons) compared to Barry Pederson’s time. Yet when you follow all the assets the Bruins received thanks to trading Wesley later on, it’s clear Boston continues to benefit from that move.

  25. Vancouver Canucks will face more off-season questions than Boston Bruins

    May 30, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

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    Henrik Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff, Alex Burrows, Daniel Sedin

    It’s been a long time since the Canucks (’94) and Bruins (’90) last made it to the Stanley Cup finals, so the question is: are they built to avoid a similar drought after this run?

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