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James O’Brien

  1. Bad role models: Danick Paquette compares himself to … Matt Cooke?

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Columbus Blue Jackets v Atlanta Thrashers

    New Capitals prospect Danick Paquette made a curious decision to compare himself to hated Penguins forward Matt Cooke today. But does the shoe fit?

  2. Money matters: Canadiens win tax squabble with Montreal, Alberta won’t fund Oilers’ new arena

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    Philadelphia Flyers v Montreal Canadiens - Game Four

    The Canadiens got some tax breaks for the Bell Centre while the Oilers might not get much governmental help as they try to build a new arena.

  3. Max Pacioretty reacts to playing first game since injury: ‘It just felt weird’

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    Max Pacioretty took a big step forward by participating in a charity hockey event, the “most competitive outing” he’s had since that scary Zdeno Chara hit. When asked about the experience of skating in the charity game, Pacioretty said ” … it just felt weird.”

  4. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis thinks team’s Stanley Cup window will be open for ’10-15 years’

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Ted Leonsis

    The Capitals are wise to resist the urge to “blow things up” after a few disappointments, as owner Ted Leonsis points out that their window to win a title could be open for “10-15 years.”

  5. Anxious to find out who will coach the Devils? You won’t find out this week

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    New Jersey Devils Introduce John MacLean As Head Coach

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said he won’t name a new head coach this week.

  6. Teemu Selanne retirement semi-update: Bob Murray says ‘He feels fine’

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

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    Teemu Selanne

    It’s still unclear if Teemu Selanne will retire or come back for another season, but Ducks GM Bob Murray said he was “feeling good” after skating on Monday.

  7. Coyotes discuss Mike Smith’s tough task: replacing Ilya Bryzgalov

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:34 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Five

    The Coyotes face a tall order in trying to replace Ilya Bryzgalov, but if you ask Sean Burke & Co., Mike Smith could be the man to get the job done.

  8. Devils’ top pick Adam Larsson hopes to play in the NHL next season

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

    Devils’ first round pick Adam Larsson hopes to play at the NHL level next season.

  9. Cheers: Appeal court sides with NHL, Molson-Coors on $375M+ sponsorship deal

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Cuba Gooding Jr.

    The Ontario Court of Appeals sided with Molson-Coors and the NHL, bringing their “monster” 375 million+ deal back to life.

  10. Oilers trade Andrew Cogliano to the Ducks for Anaheim’s 2013 second round pick

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Braden Holtby, Andrew Cogliano

    After years of disappointing the Oilers, Edmonton traded Andrew Cogliano to Anaheim for the Ducks’ 2013 second round pick.

  11. Why ‘sad goalie’ Tomas Vokoun isn’t a member of the Detroit Red Wings

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Florida Panthers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    As it turns out, the Capitals weren’t the only team in the running for Tomas Vokoun. A translated report indicates that the Red Wings had some interest, too. This post explains why Washington won the Vokoun derby.

  12. Quick hits: Aerosmith and the Stanley Cup, Leafs re-sign Mike Zigomanis and more

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Here are a few quick hits from around the NHL.

  13. NHL ’12 video preview: EA Sports boasts ‘hat trick’ of innovations

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:37 AM EST

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    EA Sports unveiled their “hat trick of innovations” for their upcoming NHL ’12 title recently. Watch video of those changes and check out our analysis of how those innovations might work in this post.

  14. NHL.com lists Ovechkin, Datsyuk among its most exciting players of all-time

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

    Alex Ovechkin

    Along with naming legends like Bobby Orr and Guy Lafleur, NHL.com also tabbed Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk for its list of the most exciting players of all-time.

  15. Cabbie’s revenge: Brett Sutter pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

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    suttermugshot

    Brett Sutter pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges related to an incident in which he allegedly punched a cab driver. It looks like the two parties can move on from that incident while the rest of us enjoy Sutter’s wonderful mustachioed mugshot.

  16. Monday’s minor moves: Ducks re-sign ‘Big Sexy’ and more

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:45 PM EST

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    Dan Sexton, Alex Goligoski

    Need to catch up on Monday’s moves? Here’s a rundown of the smaller signings.

  17. Bruins open up contract talks with free agent Brad Marchand

    Jul 11, 2011, 8:55 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    The Bruins hope to tackle the biggest question of their post-Cup off-season: signing restricted free agent Brad Marchand.

  18. Wild introduce Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, who know their roles: shoot and score goals

    Jul 11, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

    Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Devin Setoguchi

    The Wild introduced Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi today. There’s been a lot of debate about how much Minnesota really improved with those two moves, but they might benefit if Heatley and Setoguchi do what they’re asked to do: shoot. A lot.

  19. 2011 restricted free agency: Players who still need a new deal

    Jul 10, 2011, 6:04 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Los Angeles Kings

    While the field of unrestricted free agents is marginal, there are still plenty of big restricted free agents left, including Steven Stamkos, Shea Weber, Drew Doughty and Zach Parise.

  20. Blackhawks avoid arbitration by signing Viktor Stalberg to two-year, $1.75M contract

    Jul 10, 2011, 3:35 PM EST

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Florida Panthers

    The Blackhawks signed Viktor Stalberg to a two-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration in the process.

  21. How James Wisniewski and the Blue Jackets might look next season

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens

    A report sheds some light on James Wisniewski’s potential role with the Blue Jackets. PHT provides some insight regarding how the addition of Wisniewski and Jeff Carter changes the dynamic in Columbus.

  22. Clint Malarchuk’s emotional journey after two life-threatening moments

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Calgary Flames v Columbus Blue Jackets

    Two tragic moments could have derailed former NHL goalie (and current Flames goalie coach) Clint Malarchuk’s life and career. While some will define him by those two dark moments, his story is one of profound resiliency.

  23. Luc Robitaille’s 16-year-old son Jessarae launches attempt at music career

    Jul 10, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

    2010 NHL Draft - Round One

    Luc Robitaille’s 16-year-old son Jesse is pursuing a music career as he goes by the stage name “Jessarae.”

  24. Islanders ask for $4 million in repairs to Nassau Coliseum as they await vote for new arena

    Jul 9, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    New York Islanders Draft Party

    The Islanders are asking for $4 million from Nassau county to repair their aging arena.

  25. NCAA hockey shake-up: Six top schools set to form ‘super conference’ in 2013-14

    Jul 9, 2011, 9:50 PM EST

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    From the look of things, the landscape of college hockey could be markedly different by the time the 2013-14 season begins. It already seemed that way when the Big Ten Conference was announced; Minnesota and Wisconsin will leave the WCHA while Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State will leave the CCHA and Penn State will…

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