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James O’Brien

  1. Penguins’ schedule indicates that they could finish strong

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Phoenix Coyotes v Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Penguins’ schedule is pretty balanced and manageable, but they could go on a late season tear, especially in their final 11 games.

  2. NHL won’t punish Wayne Simmonds for alleged homophobic comment

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The Canadian Press reports that Wayne Simmonds won’t face disciplinary action for allegedly using a homophobic taunt in a verbal exchange with Sean Avery. How do you feel about the decision?

  3. Report: Ontario police might know who threw a banana at Wayne Simmonds

    Sep 27, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    Wayne Simmonds

    London, Ontario police might be aware of the person who threw a banana at Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds. No charges have been filed yet, though.

  4. Flyers schedule begins and ends friendly, but is challenging down the middle

    Sep 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The Flyers could do some serious damage in the beginning and end of the 2011-12 season, but things could get a little shaky during tough stretches in November and December.

  5. Rangers face lengthy home and road swings in 2011-12

    Sep 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    lundqvistoviap

    The Rangers begin the season in Sweden. Perhaps that only seems fitting, because they’ll be away from home for large periods of time during a very uneven schedule of home and road contests.

  6. Soft schedule could help the Islanders turn things around

    Sep 27, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    Matt Moulson, John Tavares

    The Islanders could justify the building optimism surrounding their team thanks to a soft 2011-12 schedule.

  7. Devils could be blessed by light travel schedule next season

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    The league’s lightest travel schedule could greatly benefit Martin Brodeur and the Devils.

  8. Sean Avery accuses Wayne Simmonds of making homophobic remarks during preseason game

    Sep 26, 2011, 11:28 PM EST

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    Not even a week after dealing with an ugly racial display, Wayne Simmonds is being accused of using a homophobic comment in a trash-talking exchange with Sean Avery. It was an ugly game tonight, as Tom Sestito’s hit might also generate some suspension controversy.

  9. David Perron returns to Blues, will take a baseline concussion test next week

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:56 PM EST

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    Evgeni Nabokov, David Perron

    David Perron joined his team again today, although he didn’t practice. He still has a way to go before that happens, with the next big step being a baseline concussion test scheduled for next week.

  10. NHL hands James Wisniewski a heavy suspension that includes eight regular season games

    Sep 26, 2011, 8:44 PM EST

    Columbus Blue Jackets Press Conference Introducing New Players Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski

    James Wisniewski received the harshest suspension yet, as the Blue Jackets defenseman will sit out the rest of the preseason and a whopping eight regular season games for his illegal hit on Cal Clutterbuck. In case players haven’t been paying attention, Brendan Shanahan clearly means business.

  11. Wild sign Aaron Boogaard, honor Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra with helmet sticker

    Sep 26, 2011, 7:34 PM EST

    Boogaard Family

    The Wild will wear a “24/38″ helmet sticker in memory of Pavol Demitra and Derek Boogaard, while the team signed Derek’s brother Aaron to a a two-way deal.

  12. NHL suspends Brad Staubitz for preseason, three regular season games for hit from behind

    Sep 26, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Brad Staubitz, Cam Janssen

    Brad Staubitz will sit out the rest of the preseason and three regular season games for his hit from behind on Cody Bass. Check out this post for more details and an explanation via league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

  13. Pat Burns Arena officially opened in Quebec today

    Sep 25, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Pat Burns

    Pat Burns’ family, friends and proponents will have to wait and see if he will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, but they won’t have to wait to honor his memory. Pat Burns Arena officially opened today about 10 months after the three-time Jack Adams Award recipient lost his battle with cancer on…

  14. Marc Staal won’t travel with Rangers to Europe, not ruled out for season opener

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

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    Marc Staal

    John Tortorella said that Marc Staal won’t join the team in Europe – at least initially – but didn’t rule him out for the Rangers’ season opener against the Kings in Sweden on Oct. 7.

  15. Sidney Crosby participates in ‘controlled scrimmage’ today

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby

    He’s still wearing his white “no contact” helmet, but Sidney Crosby took another step in the right direction by participating in a “controlled scrimmage” on Sunday.

  16. NHL suspends Brad Boyes two preseason games for hit to head

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    Brad Boyes

    Brendan Shanahan continues to hand out preseason suspensions, as Brad Boyes will sit out two games for his illegal hit on Joe Colborne.

  17. Terry Murray has Drew Doughty ‘in the front’ of his mind regarding lineup options

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:55 PM EST

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    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Drew Doughty’s contract negotiations remain in limbo, but Kings coach Terry Murray still has him penciled in regarding lineup plans.

  18. Scott Hartnell will see cardiologist after dealing with elevated heart rate

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

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    scotthartnell

    Scott Hartnell will see a cardiologist on Tuesday after being held out of the third period of Saturday’s preseason game with an elevated heart rate.

  19. Blues announce that David Perron will return to team Monday

    Sep 25, 2011, 2:39 PM EST

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    davidperron

    While he might not actually be ready to practice just yet, the Blues delivered great news today: David Perron will return to the team and hold a press conference on Monday.

  20. Jonas Hiller, Teemu Selanne look sharp in Ducks preseason debuts

    Sep 25, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

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    Jonas Hiller

    Teemu Selanne and especially Jonas Hiller looked good in their preseason debuts in which the Ducks beat the Canucks 4-1.

  21. Rick DiPietro might just have his health back

    Sep 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    rickdgetty

    Go ahead and scoff, but Rick DiPietro says he feels healthy for the first time in years.

  22. Discussing bigger leadership roles for Steven Stamkos, Erik Johnson

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Lightning Bruins Hockey

    While the Lightning ponder putting an ‘A’ on Steven Stamkos’ sweater, should the Avalanche make Erik Johnson their next captain?

  23. Is Evgeni Malkin’s red-hot preseason a sign that he’ll be an elite player again?

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:15 PM EST

    Evgeni Malkin

    It’s a small sample size of mostly irrelevant games, but Evgeni Malkin’s impressive preseason is becoming a source of genuine excitement in hockey circles. PHT ponders his chances of returning to an elite level after two rough seasons.

  24. Blackhawks prospect Brandon Saad makes case to stay at NHL level

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:23 PM EST

    Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Viktor Stalberg

    Brandon Saad’s impressive preseason performances might make it tough for the Blackhawks to send him back to the junior level.

  25. Report: Devils ownership split could be settled after $25M deal

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:07 PM EST

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    Lou Lamoriello,Ilya Kovalchuk,  Jeff Vanderbeek i

    The New York Post reports that Devils co-owner Ray Chambers paid $25 million to give his 47 percent share of the team to fellow co-owner Jeff Vanderbeek. This gives Vanderbeek a 94 percent share in the Devils, which won’t clean up all of their messes but at least will give them a unified vision.

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