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  1. Flyers sign budding star James van Riemsdyk to a six-year, $25.5M contract extension

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:10 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils

    The Flyers are buying in to the notion that James van Riemsdyk is primed for stardom; they signed the budding power forward to a six-year deal worth $25.5 million.

  2. Video: Stanley Cup takes a fall on Michael Ryder’s day

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Michael Ryder

    Blame it on the table if you like, but the Stanley Cup took a ding on Michael Ryder’s day with the silver chalice.

  3. Report: Devils to retire Scott Niedermayer’s number this season

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    Scott Niedermayer

    It’s just a report, but it sounds like the Devils will retire Scott Niedermayer’s number 27 next season, which might be controversial to some of the team’s fans.

  4. Capitals bits: Tomas Vokoun talks about taking less money, Jason Chimera asks for patience

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

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    Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers

    Jason Chimera asks the hockey world to be patient about the Capitals, but Tomas Vokoun and many other Washington players would surely benefit from more immediate results.

  5. Eric Staal discusses falling short of playoffs, Erik Cole’s departure and Canes’ changes

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    colestaalhug

    Eric Staal spoke about the Hurricanes’ disappointing final game of the 2010-11 season, Erik Cole’s departure and the new look roster.

  6. Assessing the fortunes of the Ducks, Panthers and Stars since NHL’s 1993 expansion

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:11 PM EST

    Brett Hull

    Here’s a look at how the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers fared since they came into existence in 1993.

  7. Flyers boast an abundance of options at center despite trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    Danny Briere, Claude Giroux

    Even after trading Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, the Flyers have a lot of centers to work with going into training camp.

  8. Edmonton Oilers must deal with weighty issue of Ryan-Nugent Hopkins bulking up

    Aug 28, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

    A lot has been made of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins needing to add weight to his frame in order to make it in the NHL, but Jim Matheson and others wonder if he’s struggling with the extra bulk.

  9. Ulf Samuelsson’s son makes list of U.S.-born players primed for 2012 NHL Draft

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    NHL Draft Hockey

    Ulf Samuelsson’s son Henrik made USA Today’s top five list of U.S.-born players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. If that holds true, two of Ulf’s children could have a shot at NHL careers of their own. Read more for other details about the top five American-born prospects.

  10. Michael Grabner reflects on his path to the NHL

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Michael Grabner

    Michael Grabner’s 2010-11 season contained its highs and lows, but it was just part of his interesting journey to the NHL. Grabner stopped by the Spokane Chiefs’ training camp to reflect on the challenges he faced (and ultimately overcame).

  11. Quick hits: Street hockey in Times Square, Bryan Murray’s hatred of smart phones and more

    Aug 28, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Peter Forsberg

    While Senators GM Bryan Murray sees technology as a threat to team chemistry, at least it allows us to witness people playing street hockey … in Times Square.

  12. NHL leads the four major sports in championship parity during the last 12 seasons

    Aug 28, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    In a 12-season span, the NHL topped the four major sports when it comes to parity in its championship rounds. PHT takes a look at those numbers and also compares other eras to see how much parity has increased in the NHL.

  13. NHL 12 demo impressions roundup, plus a digital goalie fight between Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo

    Aug 27, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Here’s a quick roundup of some first impressions people shared about the NHL 12 demo. There’s also video of a trailer for the demo and a separate clip that includes a goalie fight between Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo. In a way, it’s exactly what video games are for.

  14. Jordan Hendry will audition for a spot with the Minnesota Wild after accepting a training camp tryout

    Aug 27, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

    Jordan Hendry

    The Wild need defensive help while Jordan Hendry needs a chance to save his career, so both sides could benefit if his training camp tryout goes well.

  15. Jamie Langenbrunner prepares for a new role with the St. Louis Blues

    Aug 27, 2011, 3:22 PM EST

    Jamie Langenbrunner

    After a miserable 2010-11 season, Jamie Langenbrunner seems ready for a fresh start – and a new type of role – with the St. Louis Blues.

  16. Ales Kotalik hopes to learn from struggles as he reunites with Sabres

    Aug 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Mike Fisher, Ales Kotalik

    Ales Kotalik is glad to be back in Buffalo … if he can stay there, that is.

  17. Assessing the bottom of the barrel: Which remaining unrestricted free agents are worth a look?

    Aug 27, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    John Madden

    There aren’t many options in unrestricted free agency any more, but here are a few players who at least might be worth a look.

  18. Mike Modano continues to mull retirement options: ‘I’m still on the fence’

    Aug 26, 2011, 11:20 PM EST

    Mike Modano

    Mike Modano admits that he’s “still on the fence” when it comes to a retirement decision, with a new window for a decision being mid-September.

  19. Could Shane Doan be a trade deadline target if the Coyotes falter?

    Aug 26, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Four

    It’s likely that Shane Doan will stick with the Coyotes beyond next season, but if the 2011-12 campaign goes ugly, there’s an outside chance that he might become a trade target. PHT takes a look at which teams should keep an eye on that situation and try to land him via a trade.

  20. Hockey Canada examines non-checking options for younger players, QMJHL looks at head shots

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:28 PM EST

    NHL Concussions Protest Montreal Hockey

    The 2011 Molson Export Quebec Hockey Summit will feature plenty of discussion about how to handle the sport’s most troubling hits.

  21. Blackhawks hope that Dave Bolland can produce his best (and healthiest) regular season yet

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EST

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    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Four

    He might not get the fame and recognition of scorers such as Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews, but Dave Bolland has proven to be a valuable player for the Blackhawks. The team hopes that he can put together a breakthrough 2011-12 season, but that would require him to stay healthy after two injury marred campaigns.

  22. Tom Renney admits that Nikolai Khabibulin’s role next season remains a ‘great mystery’

    Aug 24, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

    Edmonton Oilers v Dallas Stars

    Even Oilers coach Tom Renney admits that Nikolai Khabibulin is a big question mark next season.

  23. Dale Tallon raves about Tomas Fleischmann: He’s ‘going to be something special’

    Aug 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EST

    Tomas Fleischmann

    The Panthers made some big risks during this off-season, but Tomas Fleischmann might be the biggest wild card of all. GM Dale Tallon thinks it will pay off big, saying the winger “is going to be something special.”

  24. Greed could be good for Winnipeg Jets goalies next season

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Atlanta Thrashers v Washington Capitals

    Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason are big question marks in net for Winnipeg next season, but contract years should give them plenty of motivation to perform at their highest levels.

  25. Judd Apatow tabs Ian Laperriere to make a fool of himself in upcoming movie

    Aug 24, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Stanley Cup Media Day

    Judd Apatow enlisted Ian Laperriere for a false teeth-related gag, so the injured Flyers grinder brought Scott Hartnell, James van Riemsdyk and Matt Carle along for the ride.

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