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  1. Ontario fan throws banana at Wayne Simmonds in shameful racist display

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    Wayne Simmonds

    In what the NHL calls a “stupid and ignorant” display of racism, at least one fan threw a banana at black Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during a shootout attempt tonight. Simmonds still managed to score on his attempt, although the Flyers ended up losing that preseason game to the Detroit Red Wings in front…

  2. Despite Tuesday’s struggles, Baltimore hopes to attract an NHL regular season game in future

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:55 PM EST

    Nashville Predators v Washington Capitals

    Despite hosting a Predators-Capitals game that was marred by shoddy ice conditions, the 1st Mariner Arena’s general manager isn’t just shooting for another preseason game. He also hopes to bring an NHL regular season game to Baltimore in the future.

  3. Bankruptcy court approves Dallas Stars’ bidding process

    Sep 22, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

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    The Stars had another successful day in bankruptcy court today, as the bidding process for their team sale was approved.

  4. Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond will miss rest of preseason, Flames’ season opener for illegal hit

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Jody Shelley

    Pierre–Luc Letourneau-Leblond will sit out the rest of the preseason (four games) and the Flames’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins because of his illegal hit from behind on Canucks forward Matt Clackson.

  5. Jody Shelley waives in-person meeting with NHL regarding Darryl Boyce hit

    Sep 22, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

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    Speculation increases about the possible length of Jody Shelley’s suspension as the Flyers forward decided to waive his right for an in-person interview on the matter.

  6. Task force proposes $346.5M renovation plan for Nassau Coliseum

    Sep 22, 2011, 4:23 PM EST

    New York Islanders Management Wait for New Arena Voter Referendum Results

    The hopes of keeping the Islanders in Long Island aren’t totally dead just yet, as a task force proposed a $346.5 million plan to renovate Nassau Coliseum and its surrounding area.

  7. Bodog picks Canucks to face Capitals in 2012 Stanley Cup finals

    Sep 22, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Stanley Cup Fans

    Gambling Web site Bodog tabs the Canucks to win the West, the Capitals to win the East and gives both teams equal odds to gain that elusive first Stanley Cup in 2012. Click “Read More” to see where the other 28 teams ranked according to odds makers.

  8. Mike Modano will retire as a Dallas Star, after all

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EST

    Mike Modano

    In a fitting gesture, the Stars signed Mike Modano to a “one-day contract” so that he’ll retire with his franchise of 20 out of 21 NHL seasons.

  9. Antti Niemi’s status for Sharks’ season opener is unclear

    Sep 22, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

    Antti Niemi; Alex Burrows

    The Sharks aren’t worried about Antti Niemi’s health from a big picture standpoint, but the Finnish netminder could miss the team’s regular season opener on Oct. 8.

  10. Mark Dekanich’s injury opens Blue Jackets’ backup spot for Curtis Sanford

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Winnepeg Jets v Columbus BlueJackets

    The Blue Jackets already looked shaky in net, but Mark Dekanich’s high-ankle sprain could complicate things further.

  11. Jerry Reinsdorf once again connected to Phoenix Coyotes sale situation

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    You’re forgiven if the latest Phoenix Coyotes sale update seems like a broken record.

  12. Hurricanes hand GM Jim Rutherford a four-year contract extension

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

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    The Hurricanes handed GM Jim Rutherford a four-year contract extension today.

  13. Capitals come to their senses regarding Alex Ovechkin’s power play role

    Sep 22, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Alex Ovechkin

    The Capitals are finally going to use Alex Ovechkin where he should be on the power play – close to the net, rather than in a less effective role on the PP point.

  14. Mike Modano explains retirement: ‘It’s just time’

    Sep 21, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

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    Mike Modano reflects on his retirement decision, while former teammates such as Joe Nieuwendyk and Chris Osgood also share their thoughts on one of the best (and most important) American hockey players of all-time.

  15. NHL 12 produces biggest launch week in series’ history

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

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    EA Sports announced that NHL 12 produced the best first week of sales in the history of the beloved hockey video game series.

  16. Police expert: Dustin Byfuglien ‘high on drugs’ during arrest

    Sep 21, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Dustin Byfuglien

    After observing Dustin Byfuglien’s symptoms after an arrest, a Minnesota police drug recognition expert believed that the Jets defenseman was “high on drugs.”

  17. Islanders make Mark Streit the NHL’s first Swiss-born captain

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

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    Reports indicate that the Islanders tabbed veteran blueliner Mark Streit as their new captain. That would make him the first Swiss-born NHL player to wear the “C.”

  18. Mike Modano retires after 21 seasons, announces decision via Facebook

    Sep 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

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    After an outstanding career in which he broke most of the all-time records for American born NHL players, Mike Modano announced his retirement via Facebook today. He’ll hold a press conference to make it official on Friday.

  19. Flyers sign first round pick Sean Couturier to entry-level deal

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

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    Sean Couturier gave himself a shot at making the Flyers lineup right out of the gate by signing an entry-level deal with the team today.

  20. Time to get worried? Brad Richards misses second day with groin injury

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Brad Richards

    It sounds like Brad Richards’ groin injury is minimal, but should the Rangers be a little worried about the health of their team and the wisdom of the nine-year deal they handed Richards?

  21. Blue Jackets give R.J. Umberger a surprising five-year, $23M extension

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

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    R.J. Umberger

    The Blue Jackets handed R.J. Umberger a five-year, $23.5 million extension today, adding the forward to a growing list of long-term commitments. Are they going in the right direction or setting themselves up for lengthy struggles?

  22. Can Jack Johnson generate a ‘plus’ season in 2011-12?

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Ryane Clowe, Jonathan Quick, Jack Johnson

    Whether you measure a blueliner’s defensive ability by plus/minus or a more sophisticated metric, Jack Johnson hasn’t been very strong in his own end. Should the Kings expect that to change next season?

  23. Capitals, Predators avoid injuries on shoddy Baltimore ice

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:54 AM EST

    Craig Smith, Chris Bourque

    Teams are probably relieved after any preseason game in which no one is injured, but that was especially true as the Predators beat the Capitals 2-0 on questionable ice in Baltimore.

  24. Winnipeg fans provide ‘playoff atmosphere’ for Jets’ victorious preseason return

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

    Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets

    Sure, it was a preseason game, but that didn’t stop Winnipeg fans from creating a “playoff atmosphere” for the Jets’ glorious return. The Jets’ split squad smashed the Blue Jackets 6-1 in Winnipeg, which probably will be remembered a lot longer than the other half of their team losing 5-1 in Columbus.

  25. Martin Brodeur shakes off hamstring issues after missing scrimmage

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

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    Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

    Martin Brodeur’s hamstring issues seem like nothing more than a hiccup, as the future Hall of Famer returned to practice on Tuesday after missing a Monday scrimmage.

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