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  1. Alexei Yashin on Islanders, other options: ‘There’s not any rush to make a decision’

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

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    Alexei Yashin says there’s “not any rush” regarding his decision to return to the NHL with the Islanders or stay overseas. This post addresses a question Yashin brought up, as well: can he be effective with the Islanders? PHT explains that it’s all about keeping reasonable expectations, which rarely happens with Yashin.

  2. Aaron Boogaard made first appearance in court but did not enter a plea today

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

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    Aaron Boogaard fulfilled the first part of his obligations stemming from last week’s charges related to his involvement in his brother Derek Boogaard’s prescription drug-related death by appearing in Minneapolis court today. Aaron didn’t enter a plea during that first Monday court date, according to the Associated Press. Aaron Boogaard is accused of providing the…

  3. Gary Bettman received $7.5 million for 2009-10 season (and why that’s a reasonable wage)

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Gary Bettman

    The Sports Business Journal reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made $7.5 million during the 2009-10 season, representing a four percent increase for the league’s top executive.

  4. Blues backup battle will come down to Ben Bishop vs. Brian Elliott

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

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    Calgary Flames v St. Louis Blues

    With Ty Conklin gone, the Blues backup job comes down to over-sized prospect Ben Bishop or experienced (but flawed) free agent Brian Elliott.

  5. No pressure, kid: 15-year-old Nathan MacKinnon called ‘second coming’ of Sidney Crosby

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby

    It might seem unfair to compare 15-year-old prospect Nathan MacKinnon to Sidney Crosby, but he’s clearly following in some of Crosby’s footsteps.

  6. Report: Red Wings’ Web site caption reveals that Kris Draper will announce retirement on Tuesday

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Colin Wilson, Kris Draper

    A caption on a Kris Draper photo reveals that the grinding forward will probably announce his retirement on Tuesday.

  7. Rangers re-sign defenseman Steve Eminger to one-year, $800K deal

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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    Tim Stapleton, Steve Eminger

    The Rangers wrapped up another bit of business, re-signing defenseman Steve Eminger to a one-year, $800K contract.

  8. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and the ‘Dry Island': Two unnamed Flyers blame duo’s departure on partying

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:09 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v Buffalo Sabres - Game Three

    Two unnamed Flyers blamed Mike Richards and Jeff Carter’s supposed hard-partying ways for their departure. The most interesting details of that report revolve around the team’s “Dry Island” initiative and the club’s continued issues with keeping its own secrets, though.

  9. Official benefits: How NHL teams have been drawing and taking penalties since the lockout

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Tuomo Ruutu, Joe Corvo, Bryan Rodney, Ray Whitney, Niklas Backstrom

    Want to know how officials have treated all 30 NHL teams since the lockout? This post takes a look at which teams enjoyed the best and worst disparities in power plays and penalties during the last six seasons. (Apologies to any conspiracy theories this might weaken.)

  10. The NHL’s best and worst special teams units during the 2010-11 season

    Jul 24, 2011, 12:12 AM EST

    Henrik Sedin,Daniel Sedin,Christian Ehrhoff,Alexander Edler,Ryan Kesler

    The Vancouver Canucks’ dominant 2010-11 season is reflected in Special Teams Plus/Minus stats, but find out how the other 29 teams fared. Following that, put on your tin foil hats and take a look at which teams enjoyed far more (or far less) power plays than penalties.

  11. Which teams’ penalty kill units were the best and worst last season? (Penalty kill +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

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    Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Now that we shared which teams featured the best and worst PP units, we’ll give shorthanded squads the same treatment with the 2010-11 Penalty Kill Plus/Minus stats.

  12. Which teams really had the best and worst power plays last season? (Power play +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:22 PM EST

    Derek Mackenzie

    The power play percentage stat might seem like a good indicator of the best units in the NHL, but it doesn’t factor in the total amount of PP goals scored or the shorthanded goals allowed. That’s why we like to take a look at “Power Play Plus/Minus” to see which power plays were really the best and worst.

  13. Hope in the desert? Phoenix Coyotes’ season ticket sales, renewals show promise

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

    There hasn’t been a lot of good news for the Phoenix Coyotes the past few years, but ticket sales increases give them a little hope. Read about the rather promising boost in sales and renewals in this post.

  14. Aaron Boogaard receives two charges related to Derek Boogaard’s death

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:28 PM EST

    boogaardatmemorial

    Friday brought more sad news for the Boogaard family as Aaron received two serious drug-related charges related to the death of Derek Boogaard. Click “Read More” for the details.

  15. Jeff Carter knows he’ll need to pass more on a line with Rick Nash, doesn’t expect big style changes

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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

    Some worry that Jeff Carter won’t be able to find a rhythm with Rick Nash because they’re both perceived as more prolific scorers than passers. While shooting will remain Carter’s strength, he said he expects to set up Nash as well.

  16. Evander Kane seeks Bobby Hull’s approval to wear No. 9 with the Winnipeg Jets

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

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    Evander Kane hopes to get Bobby Hull’s blessing to wear No. 9 with the Winnipeg Jets, as Hull did when he dominated the WHA in the mid-to-late ’70s.

  17. Coaching hires: Habs add Cunneyworth and Ladouceur, Jets nab Vincent

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    The Montreal Canadiens promoted Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur to the assistant coach level from Hamilton while the Winnipeg Jets rounded out their staff by adding Pascal Vincent.

  18. Evgeni Nabokov will ‘stick things out’ in NHL this season, even if it’s with the Islanders

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Evgeni Nabokov

    After refusing to play for the Islanders after they snatched him off the waiver wire in 2010-11, Evgeni Nabokov’s agent confirmed that the wayward netminder will play in the NHL next season. Of course, the question is: who will he play for?

  19. Report: Alexei Yashin’s agent says they’re negotiating with Islanders, ‘seriously considering’ the offer

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    It’s tough to tell if this is just another negotiating ploy or not, but Alexei Yashin’s agent says that they’re negotiating with the Islanders. Yashin and his agent are reportedly “seriously considering their offer.”

  20. Days with the Stanley Cup: Kaberle and the Piggy Band, Krejci’s ‘Cupbombing'; Chara’s day begins

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

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    Tomas Kaberle, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara

    Check out videos of the Stanley Cup’s stay in the Czech Republic, where David Krejci and Tomas Kaberle’s celebrations intersected … and strange things ensued.

  21. Dave Checkett expects St. Louis Blues to have new owners by beginning of 2011-12 season

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Dave Checketts

    Current Blues owner Dave Checketts agrees with the rumors that the Blues will have new owners by the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

  22. Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and 4 other contenders have cap space to make big moves next season

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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    Seven of the NHL’s top teams have the kind of cap space to get even better through trades, waiver wire pickups and other moves in the 2011-12 season. Find out which ones are flush and what that could mean by reading this post.

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