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  1. Pat Burns Arena officially opened in Quebec today

    Sep 25, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Pat Burns

    Pat Burns’ family, friends and proponents will have to wait and see if he will be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame, but they won’t have to wait to honor his memory. Pat Burns Arena officially opened today about 10 months after the three-time Jack Adams Award recipient lost his battle with cancer on…

  2. Marc Staal won’t travel with Rangers to Europe, not ruled out for season opener

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Marc Staal

    John Tortorella said that Marc Staal won’t join the team in Europe – at least initially – but didn’t rule him out for the Rangers’ season opener against the Kings in Sweden on Oct. 7.

  3. Sidney Crosby participates in ‘controlled scrimmage’ today

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    He’s still wearing his white “no contact” helmet, but Sidney Crosby took another step in the right direction by participating in a “controlled scrimmage” on Sunday.

  4. NHL suspends Brad Boyes two preseason games for hit to head

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Brad Boyes

    Brendan Shanahan continues to hand out preseason suspensions, as Brad Boyes will sit out two games for his illegal hit on Joe Colborne.

  5. Terry Murray has Drew Doughty ‘in the front’ of his mind regarding lineup options

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Drew Doughty’s contract negotiations remain in limbo, but Kings coach Terry Murray still has him penciled in regarding lineup plans.

  6. Scott Hartnell will see cardiologist after dealing with elevated heart rate

    Sep 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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    scotthartnell

    Scott Hartnell will see a cardiologist on Tuesday after being held out of the third period of Saturday’s preseason game with an elevated heart rate.

  7. Blues announce that David Perron will return to team Monday

    Sep 25, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

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    davidperron

    While he might not actually be ready to practice just yet, the Blues delivered great news today: David Perron will return to the team and hold a press conference on Monday.

  8. Jonas Hiller, Teemu Selanne look sharp in Ducks preseason debuts

    Sep 25, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Jonas Hiller

    Teemu Selanne and especially Jonas Hiller looked good in their preseason debuts in which the Ducks beat the Canucks 4-1.

  9. Rick DiPietro might just have his health back

    Sep 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Go ahead and scoff, but Rick DiPietro says he feels healthy for the first time in years.

  10. Discussing bigger leadership roles for Steven Stamkos, Erik Johnson

    Sep 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Lightning Bruins Hockey

    While the Lightning ponder putting an ‘A’ on Steven Stamkos’ sweater, should the Avalanche make Erik Johnson their next captain?

  11. Is Evgeni Malkin’s red-hot preseason a sign that he’ll be an elite player again?

    Sep 24, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Evgeni Malkin

    It’s a small sample size of mostly irrelevant games, but Evgeni Malkin’s impressive preseason is becoming a source of genuine excitement in hockey circles. PHT ponders his chances of returning to an elite level after two rough seasons.

  12. Blackhawks prospect Brandon Saad makes case to stay at NHL level

    Sep 24, 2011, 10:23 PM EDT

    Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, Viktor Stalberg

    Brandon Saad’s impressive preseason performances might make it tough for the Blackhawks to send him back to the junior level.

  13. Report: Devils ownership split could be settled after $25M deal

    Sep 24, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

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    Lou Lamoriello,Ilya Kovalchuk,  Jeff Vanderbeek i

    The New York Post reports that Devils co-owner Ray Chambers paid $25 million to give his 47 percent share of the team to fellow co-owner Jeff Vanderbeek. This gives Vanderbeek a 94 percent share in the Devils, which won’t clean up all of their messes but at least will give them a unified vision.

  14. Jay Pandolfo admits tonight’s game against Devils ‘will definitely be strange’

    Sep 24, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    For Jay Pandolfo to keep his hopes of a continued NHL career alive, he’ll need to play well against the Devils, his former team of 13 seasons.

  15. Jaromir Jagr discusses his upcoming preseason debut with the Flyers

    Sep 23, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr

    Jaromir Jagr will make his preseason debut with the Flyers tonight. His first goal is to adjust to the smaller North American ice surface after three years in the KHL.

  16. Nathan Horton insists that he’s ready to return, but Bruins take cautious approach

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Nathan Horton

    Nathan Horton insists that he’s recovered from the concussion he suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, but the Bruins are taking the right path in being cautious regarding his return to action.

  17. Report: Marc Staal could miss part of Rangers’ Euro trip due to concussion issues

    Sep 23, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

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    New Jersey Devils v New York Rangers

    Marc Staal’s struggles with post-concussion syndrome continue, leading head coach John Tortorella to admit that he might miss a chunk of the Rangers’ trip to Europe.

  18. Winnipeg Jets’ travel schedule shouldn’t be too tough after all

    Sep 23, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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    Columbus Blue Jackets v Winnipeg Jets

    Many believed that the Jets would have a brutal schedule as a Southeast Division team located in Winnipeg, but it shouldn’t be as treacherous as expected.

  19. Mike Modano makes retirement official with an emotional press conference

    Sep 23, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Mike Modano

    Mike Modano made his retirement official this afternoon – and put on his Dallas Stars number 9 jersey one last time.

  20. Fans, players and writers support Wayne Simmonds after racial taunt

    Sep 23, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Wayne Simmonds

    Here’s a collection of reactions from NHL players, analysts, writers and fans regarding the ugly racist incident Wayne Simmonds dealt with last night.

  21. Which American-born forward could be the ‘next’ Mike Modano?

    Sep 23, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Zach Parise, Ryan Miller

    PHT takes a look at some prominent American-born forwards to see who might be the “next” Mike Modano.

  22. Flames say they’re not worried about Jarome Iginla’s back problems

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Jarome Iginla

    Jarome Iginla has missed several days with back spasms, but the Flames are downplaying concerns about his health.

  23. NHL Network, NHL.com will cover Mike Modano’s retirement press conference today

    Sep 23, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

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    Mike Modano

    NHL Network and NHL.com will carry Mike Modano’s retirement press conference at 2 pm ET today. A special program “American Icon” will air at 6 pm ET on Saturday, as well.

  24. A recent history of racial incidents in the NHL

    Sep 23, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

    Wayne Simmonds

    While this is by no means a comprehensive look at the issue, here is a recent history (and some interesting articles) revolving around racism in the NHL.

  25. Ontario fan throws banana at Wayne Simmonds in shameful racist display

    Sep 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Wayne Simmonds

    In what the NHL calls a “stupid and ignorant” display of racism, at least one fan threw a banana at black Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during a shootout attempt tonight. Simmonds still managed to score on his attempt, although the Flyers ended up losing that preseason game to the Detroit Red Wings in front…

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