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James O’Brien

  1. Steven Stamkos got his contract, but there’s ‘nothing new’ regarding Drew Doughty’s negotations

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:16 PM EST

    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Were you expecting progress between the Kings and Drew Doughty now that Steven Stamkos’ deal is done? Reports indicate that there’s been “nothing new on the Doughty front.”

  2. Salary arbitration hearings begin Wednesday; Here’s what you need to know

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

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    Zach Parise, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Jerred Smithson

    With salary arbitration hearings scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 20, you might want a primer. This post provides the schedule for the 11 players left along with information about what can and cannot be discussed in the hearings.

  3. Mediator can’t resolve Kings-Oilers dispute regarding Colin Fraser; Next stop: Gary Bettman?

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:14 PM EST

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    Dean Lombardi,

    An NHL mediator couldn’t resolve the Kings’ dispute with the Oilers regarding Colin Fraser’s health. Los Angeles now must decide if they want to file a grievance and leave the decision up to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Kings GM Dean Lombardi might just be mad enough to do it, too.

  4. Dallas Stars deny rumor that they’re losing $1 million per week

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

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    A Forbes report indicates that the Dallas Stars are losing $1 million per week, but a team official called the report “Totally, unequivocally untrue.”

  5. Patrick Kane’s wrist surgery goes well, rehab window remains at 6-8 weeks

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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    Patrick Kane

    Blackhawks team doctor Michael Terry announced that Patrick Kane underwent successful wrist surgery today. His window of recovery remains between six to eight weeks.

  6. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers prove to be kings of the shootout

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:54 PM EST

    Henrik Lundqvist, Marcel Goc

    After covering the forwards, this post takes a look at which goalies and teams have been most successful since the shootout was instituted in the 2005-06 season. As it turns out, Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers benefited the most.

  7. Will he retire or be Detroit’s backup? Chris Osgood will announce decision on Tuesday

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Colorado Avalanche

    Tomorrow’s conference call will reveal whether Chris Osgood will retire or spend another season as Jimmy Howard’s backup in Detroit.

  8. Shootout stars: The best forwards in the ‘skills competition’

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Marc Andre Fleury, Jussi Jokinen

    A recent report pointed to Jarret Stoll’s 2010-11 season as the best single campaign in shootout history. We couldn’t help but wonder: who are the all-time leaders in shootout scoring, though? Check out this post to find out which players are the kings of the shootout.

  9. Alexei Yashin update: Agent claims that one NHL team sent an offer

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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    Here’s a little more about the Alexei Yashin situation: his agent claims that at least one NHL team might be interested in adding him. Click “Read More” for the latest update.

  10. Hurricanes owner continues to look for new investors, says team ‘broke even’ in 2010-11

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    Dallas Stars v Carolina Hurricanes

    Even though the Hurricanes failed to make the playoffs in 2010-11, their owner Peter Karamanos reveals that the team managed to “break even.” Karamanos also discussed the search for new investors.

  11. Patrick Sharp remains willing to adjust to assignments; Blackhawks hope to re-sign him

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Blackhawks tend to move Patrick Sharp all over the place, but more than anything else, they hope that he stays in Chicago after the 2011-12 season.

  12. Could we see the NHL return of … Alexei Yashin?

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Now that it’s clear he won’t be back with SKA St. Petersburg, we cannot help but ask an out-there question: could Alexei Yashin return to the NHL?

  13. Blackhawks convention brings laughs, some insight regarding Daniel Carcillo’s addition

    Jul 17, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

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    NHL All Star Player Media Availability

    The Blackhawks Convention brought some moments of comedy, while the team explained the benefits of adding polarizing pest Dan Carcillo to the mix.

  14. OHL teammates Nail Yakupov, Alexander Galchenyuk could be in debate for No.1 pick of 2012 draft

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

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    Nail Yakupov and Alexander Galchenyuk are teammates on the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, but they might go toe-to-toe in the eyes of scouts in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

  15. Nathan Horton Stanley Cup update: It wasn’t airline’s fault after all; parade goes on without it

    Jul 17, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    As it turns out the airlines should get off the hook for all the headaches Nathan Horton went through during his day with the Stanley Cup.

  16. Could Ryan Ellis skip the usual AHL time and earn a roster spot with the Predators?

    Jul 16, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    2011 IIHF World U20 Championship - Day One

    Only three Predators draft picks made the jump to the NHL before playing in the AHL, but some wonder if stud defenseman Ryan Ellis might be primed to pull that rare feat off.

  17. Simon Gagne expects to enjoy successful reunion with Mike Richards in Los Angeles

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

    Simon Gagne, Mike Richards

    Mike Richards scored a career-high 80 points while Simon Gagne scored 34 goals when they played together as Flyers in 2008-09. Gagne thinks they can regain that strong chemistry in Los Angeles.

  18. Blue Jackets look to free agent market, other routes to replace Kristian Huselius

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Jonathan Quick, Kristian Huselius

    With Kristian Huselius likely out until sometime between November to January, the Blue Jackets either need to find a free agent or trade to help cover the hole left in the lineup.

  19. Niklas Hagman could be odd man out after Flames re-sign Brendan Morrison

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Jimmy Howard, Niklas Hagman

    With a logjam at the forward position, a report indicates that the Flames might need to part ways with struggling winger Niklas Hagman.

  20. Dan Bylsma, Dave Tippett will be coaches for 2011 Research Development and Orientation Camp

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

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    Dan Bylsma, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Cooke

    Dan Bylsma and Dave Tippett will be the coaches for the 2012 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp. Click “Read More” for more details.

  21. Ryan Miller responds to critics of his former teammate Tim Connolly

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:07 AM EST

    Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly

    Tim Connolly left Buffalo with critics and his signing with Toronto brought some dissent as well, but Ryan Miller is adamant about defending his former teammate.

  22. Steve Yzerman expects to re-sign Teddy Purcell, whether he goes to salary arbitration or not

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:49 PM EST

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    Teddy Purcell

    While he’s not sure if the Lightning can re-sign him before salary arbitration, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman believes that Teddy Purcell will play for the Bolts in 2011-12.

  23. Winnipeg Jets round out coaching staff with Tony Borgford, Wade Flaherty and Charlie Huddy

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

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    Claude Noel, Kevin Cheveldayoff

    The Jets added three people to its coaching staff: Charlie Huddy, Wade Flaherty and Tony Borgford.

  24. Another big turnover: Chris Campoli won’t be back with the Blackhawks next season

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

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    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman revealed that Chris Campoli won’t be back with Chicago, regardless of the results of his salary arbitration. That means that his legacy with the team might boil down to that regrettable turnover in Game 7 of their series against the Canucks.

  25. Calgary Flames retain Brendan Morrison with one-year, $1.25M deal

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    The Flames brought back Brendan Morrison with a reasonable one-year, $1.25 million deal. PHT takes a quick look at this move in relation to the team’s shaky overall structure.

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