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  1. Brooks Laich and direct deposit: A perfect match

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:26 AM EDT

    Brooks Laich

    Brooks Laich shared the amusing story of two (briefly) lost hockey paychecks on Thursday.

  2. Video: Sidney Crosby discusses head shots, rehab process

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:54 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    Sidney Crosby shared his thoughts about the league’s attempts to cut down on hits to the head as well as his rehab process in this video.

  3. Ilya Bryzgalov looks solid in first win for Flyers

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

    After allowing a tough first goal, Ilya Bryzgalov buckled down for a 22-save win.

  4. James Reimer exhilarates Leafs fans with 32-save shutout

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Forgive Toronto fans for dreaming big after the Maple Leafs’ 2-0 home opening win against the Canadiens.

  5. Bruins raise Stanley Cup banner, honor Mark Recchi during season opener

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Flyers Bruins Hockey

    The Bruins celebrated their Stanley Cup victory by raising the championship banner tonight and made sure to honor Mark Recchi in the process.

  6. Jaromir Jagr gets point 1,600 on Claude Giroux’s beauty

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr

    It didn’t take long for Jaromir Jagr to record his 1,600th point. In fact, he didn’t even need a full period. Jagr assisted on a beautiful Claude Giroux power play goal, which might not be a rare occurrence this season.

  7. Trendy Sabres vs. defending champion Bruins: Who’s the favorite in the Northeast?

    Oct 6, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Paul Gaustad, Andrew Ference

    A surprising amount of people are making a trendy pick by choosing the Sabres to win the Northeast Division title, even though the Bruins just won the Stanley Cup. Which team should really be the favorite, though?

  8. Does the Atlantic Division have a true favorite?

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    There are plenty of good teams in the Atlantic Division, but with injury concerns and personnel changes running rampant through many rosters, is there a true favorite going into 2011-12?

  9. Two days that could set up Capitals for a bright future

    Oct 6, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Washington Capitals

    The Capitals took a tough situation – being unable to sign Semyon Varlamov – and turned it into two moves that could set the stage for some special times in Washington.

  10. Why it might not be safe to expect a significantly improved Rangers team

    Oct 6, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    One might assume that the Rangers are bound for glory after adding Brad Richards, but there are some reasons for concern in the Big Apple.

  11. Tim Connolly’s Leafs stint starts as expected: with injury concerns

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

    In possibly the least surprising news of the day, TSN reports that Tim Connolly will likely be a game day decision for the Maple Leafs’ season opener.

  12. Blackhawks hand GM Stan Bowman a three-year extension

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Stan Bowman

    Stan Bowman continues to make a name for himself after living in his famous father’s shadow. The Blackhawks signed the league’s youngest GM to a three-year contract extension today.

  13. Wojtek Wolski might be early winner of the Richards-Gaborik sweepstakes

    Oct 4, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    wolskiandtortsap

    While the left wing job is up in the air, reports indicate that Wojtek Wolski is the frontrunner to play alongside Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. Can the large but often soft winger take advantage of this golden opportunity, though?

  14. Tyler Seguin’s move to the wing, added PP time could help him break through

    Oct 4, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Tyler Seguin

    A move to the wing (and hopefully more power play time) could help Tyler Seguin improve next season. The question is: will he make a small step forward or take a giant leap in 2011-12?

  15. Flyers send Brayden Schenn to minors, waive role players

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    schenntominors

    The Flyers made some eye-opening moves today, even if Brayden Schenn’s demotion might just be temporary. The real question revolves around their penalty kill situation, though.

  16. Capitals join forces with Penguins to support families affected by Lokomotiv tragedy

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    lokomotivpatch

    The Capitals and Penguins will join forces to help families affected by the Lokomotiv tragedy during their Oct. 13 game in Pittsburgh.

  17. Matt Duchene wants John Tavares money for his second contract

    Oct 4, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    Matt Duchene has produced remarkably similar stats to John Tavares, who went two picks higher in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Perhaps that’s why he’s asking for a remarkably similar second contract.

  18. Lightning place aging defenseman Mattias Ohlund on the IR

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Brad Marchand, Mattias Ohlund

    While they await MRI results, the Lightning placed aging defenseman Mattias Ohlund on the injured reserve.

  19. Flyers have high expectations in Czechs: Jaromir Jagr and Jakub Voracek

    Oct 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    voracekjagrap

    The Flyers have high expectations for one Czech who might be past his prime (Jaromir Jagr) and one who might not quite be there yet (Jakub Voracek).

  20. Rangers waive Sean Avery; John Tortorella gives brutally honest explanation

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    As PHT speculated about a week ago, the Rangers decided to waive pest Sean Avery. It marks another low point in a career that’s starting to have far more valleys than peaks and begs the question about the 31-year-old forward’s future.

  21. Bodog’s oddsmakers aren’t worried about Alex Ovechkin’s tough 2010-11

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    Many people critique Alex Ovechkin for an off year in 2010-11, but Bodog gives him the best odds to win the Hart Trophy next season. Check out their picks for other awards in this post.

  22. 2011-12 season preview: Winnipeg Jets

    Oct 3, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Hurricanes Jets Hockey

    How will the Jets’ first year in Winnipeg since 1995 pan out? Check out this Dustin Byfuglien-sized 2011-12 season preview to find out.

  23. 2011-12 season preview: Washington Capitals

    Oct 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin

    Can the Capitals finally get over the hump in a pivotal 2011-12 season? It’s hard to say no after they added a legitimate top goalie in Tomas Vokoun.

  24. 2011-12 season preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

    Oct 3, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos

    Can the Lightning match – or even improve upon – their impressive work from the 2010-11 season and playoffs? PHT takes a look in their season preview.

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