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  1. Could Roberto Luongo match Dirk Nowitzki, eliminate two ‘choker’ labels in two nights?

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    There are a ton of differences between Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki, but Luongo could follow in Dirk’s footsteps by shedding an antiquated “choker” label one night after the German basketball star did the same.

  2. Today’s smaller moves: Blues re-sign Chris Porter, Coyotes add Jim Playfair to staff

    Jun 13, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

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    St. Louis Blues v Detroit Red Wings

    In smaller NHL personnel news, the Blues re-signed forward Chris Porter while the Coyotes added Jim Playfair to their staff as an associate coach.

  3. Report: Ottawa Senators primed to hire Paul MacLean and his tremendous mustache

    Jun 13, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Joel Quenneville, Paul MacLean

    The Senators are expected to announce Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean as their new head coach tomorrow, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

  4. Vancouver Canucks bristle at ‘villain’ title

    Jun 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Mark Recchi, Maxim Lapierre

    The Canucks don’t think that they deserve the “villain” title many have attached to them during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals. Either way, Kevin Bieksa adamantly states that they don’t care.

  5. Stanley Cup or not, Tim Thomas is producing a special 2010-11 season and playoffs

    Jun 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Tim Thomas

    Tim Thomas is putting together the kind of run that is drawing comparisons to the best work of Patrick Roy and Dominik Hasek. If you look at the numbers (and his highlight reel saves) it’s clear that those comparisons aren’t out of order.

  6. Report: Winnipeg will interview head coaches candidates … including Craig Ramsay?

    Jun 12, 2011, 11:11 PM EST

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    Craig Ramsay

    The new Winnipeg team plans on interviewing new head coaching candidates, but strangely enough, they’ll give lame duck coach Craig Ramsay an interview too.

  7. Sedin twins’ struggles aren’t that different from other star slumps in recent Cup finals history

    Jun 12, 2011, 9:48 PM EST

    Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin

    A lack of toughness doesn’t explain the Sedin twins’ Stanley Cup finals struggles. Instead, it’s an abundance of a tough minutes against Zdeno Chara and the tough task of beating Tim Thomas that stands in their way.

  8. Ryan Kesler missed practice Sunday, but should play in Game 6 on Monday

    Jun 12, 2011, 7:54 PM EST

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    Brad Marchand, Ryan Kesler

    Ryan Kesler missed today’s practice, fueling already building rumors that he’s been injured in the Stanley Cup finals. It seems like he will play in Game 6 either way, though.

  9. Discussing the potential downsides to winning the Stanley Cup

    Jun 12, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    byfuglientoews

    Obviously, winning the Stanley Cup is fantastic in the short term. That being said, there are actually some downsides to reaching the ultimate goal in hockey.

  10. Ilya Bryzgalov won’t be cheap, but will he be worth it for the Flyers?

    Jun 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

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    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Four

    The Flyers will need to make a significant investment – and some painful sacrifices – to sign goalie Ilya Bryzglaov. The question is: are they really sure it would be worth it?

  11. Aaron Rome doesn’t understand why he was suspended four games for hit on Nathan Horton

    Jun 12, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    Aaron Rome, Nathan Horton

    In today’s not-so-shocking news, Aaron Rome disagrees with the four-game suspension he received for his hit on Nathan Horton.

  12. Your Boston Bruins-Vancouver Canucks 2011 Stanley Cup Finals Game 5 primer

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:48 PM EST

    Green Men

    Excited for what could be a turning point game in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Check out all the great PHT content for Bruins-Canucks Game 5 in this post.

  13. Can Claude Julien maintain his ‘Midas Touch’ in Game 5?

    Jun 10, 2011, 6:17 PM EST

    Claude Julien

    Claude Julien has been pushing all the right buttons lately, especially in Boston’s two wins. Can he keep it up with the series back in Vancouver?

  14. With two wins in Cup finals, Bruins gain something else: higher expectations

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Four

    The Bruins came into this series with at least some sense of “being happy to be there” – at least among some fans – but two big wins seem to have changed that mindset.

  15. Brad Marchand finds right balance between agitation and offense

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

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    Keith Ballard;  Brad Marchand

    Brad Marchand is a rare example of a pest who brings so much more to the table than he takes away, he might deserve a new title entirely.

  16. Winnipeg fallout: Thrashers staffers face uncertain future, Manitoba Moose move

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

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    Craig Ramsay

    True North replaced many Thrashers staffers with Manitoba Moose employees while key coaching staff members wonder about their future. Speaking of the Moose: they’ll play in St. John’s N.L. next season.

  17. Vancouver defense continues its disconcerting shuffles as Chris Tanev replaces Keith Ballard

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Dan Hamhuis, Troy Brouwer, Roberto Luongo

    The Canucks’ problems on defense continue as they shift Keith Ballard out of the lineup for unproven depth defenseman Chris Tanev.

  18. Head games: While Luongo’s psyche is in question, is Thomas in Canucks’ heads?

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    Tim Thomas

    While many wonder where Roberto Luongo’s mind is at, the other question is: can the Canucks get Tim Thomas out of their heads?

  19. With Bryzgalov’s rights traded, Coyotes face three roads to goaltending solution

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Don Maloney

    How will the Coyotes replace Ilya Bryzgalov? GM Don Maloney mapped out his three-pronged strategy to do just that.

  20. Montreal Canadiens sign Mathieu Darche to one-year, $700K deal

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

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    Mathieu Darche; Marc-Andre Fleury

    The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up journeyman forward Mathieu Darche to a one-year, $700K deal today. South Park fans secretly rejoiced.

  21. Alain Vigneault on Roberto Luongo starting in Game 5: ‘You can bet on it’

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:21 AM EST

    Roberto Luongo

    The word is that Roberto Luongo will remain in Vancouver’s net for Game 5. That word came from Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, though, so you never really know.

  22. Capitals part ways with goalie coach Arturs Irbe

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:21 AM EST

    Los Angeles Kings v Washington Capitals

    Despite a very successful 2010-11 season, Arturs Irbe won’t be Washington’s goalie coach. Read more for how much this might impact the Capitals’ goalie, especially Semyon Varlamov.

  23. Bill Daly denies rumors that NHL is rebuilding bridge with Jim Balsillie

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EST

    Jim Balsillie

    If the NHL is mending the fences with Jam Balsillie, they’re not admitting to as much publicly.

  24. Should Winnipeg name their team the Jets? Andrew Ladd sees both sides of argument

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:45 PM EST

    Andrew Ladd

    Should the Winnipeg team be named the Jets? Will he even play for whatever the team is called? Last season’s Atlanta Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd discussed those issues today.

  25. Report: Blue Jackets hope to pry Jeff Carter from Flyers; Would the rumored deal make sense?

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    Jeff Carter

    The Blue Jackets are rumored to throw this package deal at the Flyers for Jeff Carter: Jakub Voracek and the eight pick of the 2011 draft. This post discusses why this rumored trade might make sense for both sides.

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