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  1. Reports: Capitals D Tom Poti fails physical, will likely be placed on long-term injured reserve

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Tom Poti

    Tom Poti failed a physical today, which means he’ll likely go on the long-term injured reserve. That’s sad news for the defenseman, but it provides salary cap relief for the Capitals.

  2. More Lokomotiv tributes: Philip McRae gives up 38 in ode to former Blues, Avalanche players react

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

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    Semyon Varlamov

    Blues forward Philip McCrae will switch from number 38 next season in honor of former St. Louis players Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev. Meanwhile, Semyon Varlamov, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk reflect on the losses.

  3. Pavel Datsyuk will wear number 24 during the preseason to honor former teammate Ruslan Salei

    Sep 17, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

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    On the same day that the team will travel to mourn fallen former assistant coach Bruce McCrimmon, the Red Wings announced that Pavel Datsyuk will switch to number 24 for training camp and the preseason to honor Ruslan Salei.

  4. NHL 12 review roundup: Is it the best game yet or has the series reached a plateau?

    Sep 17, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    It’s been a few days since NHL 12 came out, so here’s a roundup of critical responses to EA Sports’ newest hockey video game.

  5. NHL ’94 redux? Discussing the pros and cons of revamping that classic game

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Why a revamped version of the SNES/Sega Genesis classic video game would (and wouldn’t) work on modern consoles.

  6. Suggestions for six NHL teams who haven’t named a captain yet

    Sep 12, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

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    The Sabres, Avalanche, Panthers, Islanders, Devils and Flyers are the six NHL teams without a captain at this time. PHT provides suggestions for the direction of each club in this post.

  7. Bruins gather for one more Stanley Cup celebration; Marc Savard’s name will be on it

    Sep 12, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Marc Savard

    As the Bruins enjoy their final chances to celebrate the Stanley Cup win before training camp begins, Marc Savard has his own reason to rejoice: his name will be on the Stanley Cup.

  8. New Jersey Devils claim that bankruptcy report is inaccurate

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    New Jersey Devils Re-Sign Ilya Kovalchuk

    The Devils released a statement refuting much of what The New York Post reported about their financial troubles.

  9. Yaroslavl Lokomotiv might play in second-tier league; Czech league postpones opener for funeral

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

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    A rebuilt Lokomotiv team might play in the Major Hockey League in December, which is a second-tier Russian league. Meanwhile, the Czech hockey league will postpone its opening day to accommodate Jan Marek’s funeral.

  10. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins showed promise during Young Stars game on Sunday

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn’t light up the scoreboard against Canucks prospects last night, but his playmaking skills and vision left a good impression on Oilers brass.

  11. Rangers make Ryan Callahan their new captain, tab Marc Staal and Brad Richards as alternates

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Ryan Callahan

    The Rangers justified many people’s expectations by handing the captaincy to popular forward Ryan Callahan. Marc Staal and Brad Richards will serve as alternates.

  12. Report: Devils miss Sept. 1 loan payment, could face threat of bankruptcy

    Sep 12, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

    A New York Post report indicates that the Devils could face bankruptcy after defaulting on a $100 million loan.

  13. Did the San Jose Sharks improve during this off-season?

    Sep 12, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The Sharks seem confident that they improved their odds of winning after a summer of splashy moves. Let’s try to gauge how accurate their self-assessment really is.

  14. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash survivor Alexander Galimov dies in Moscow hospital

    Sep 12, 2011, 4:25 AM EDT

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    Alexander Galimov, Liro Tarkki

    Sad news out of Moscow: Alexander Galimov died during surgery today. He was the only player who initially survived the terrible Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crash on Sept. 7. Galimov was 26 years old.

  15. Teenage girl finds herself in NHL 12 after asking EA Sports why its games lacked female players

    Sep 12, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

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    EA Sports decided to add the option to create female hockey players for NHL 12 after a 14-year-old hockey fan named Lexi Peters asked them why the previous games lack that option. Better yet, though: Peters will actually appear in the game as the first female player.

  16. Zach McKelvie hopes to get hockey career back on track after two years of Army service

    Sep 11, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Rookie camps feature plenty of players trying to make difficult transitions. Most are hoping to shift from either college hockey or the junior level to the minors or even a more dramatic jump to the NHL. Boston Bruins prospect Zach McKelvie faces a challenge that most won’t experience, though: going from active duty in the…

  17. Are NHL teams better off trying to acquire a top goalie through free agency or the draft?

    Sep 10, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

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    PHT explores an interesting question: is it wiser to try to land an elite goalie through the draft or free agency?

  18. Panthers will have their eyes on goalie prospect Jacob Markstrom during rookie camp

    Sep 10, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

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    Jacob Markstrom

    The Panthers will keep an eye on a bevy of promising prospects during their rookie camp, but one of the most important ones will be possible goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom.

  19. Kings Hockey Fest will generate donations, pay tribute to two scouts who died in 9/11 attacks

    Sep 10, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    The Kings’ annual fan event will take place on Sunday, marking the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that took the lives of Kings scouts Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis. The team hopes to generate charitable donations in their honor.

  20. Can Dennis Seidenberg generate a strong encore after his outstanding playoff run?

    Sep 10, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Dennis Seidenberg played the best hockey of his career during the 2011 playoffs. Can he maintain that magic next season?

  21. Senators prospects could earn roster spots with strong showings

    Sep 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    NHL Rookie Tournament - Toronto Maple Leafs v Ottawa Senators

    Five Senators prospects have a chance to make a dent on Ottawa’s roster, beginning with a rookie tournament that starts this weekend.

  22. Jets aren’t looking to trade Dustin Byfuglien, who still hasn’t been charged with BWI

    Sep 10, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    As Dustin Byfuglien continues to wonder if he’ll receive charges for BWI or something related to a recent incident, the Jets seem to have very little interest in trading the hybrid defenseman.

  23. Travis Zajac’s injury recovery window remains unclear; rehab could take up to six months

    Sep 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Jamie Benn, Travis Zajac

    While initial reports indicated that Travis Zajac would be sidelined for about three months with an Achilles tendon tear, the Devils center realizes that the process could take four or even up to six months to work itself out.

  24. Thousands gather at Yaroslavl arena to mourn Lokomotiv; Russian stars discuss the tragedy

    Sep 10, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Thousands came to Yaroslavl arena for a ceremony that honored the members of Lokomotiv, while significant Russian hockey figures paid their respects.

  25. Sidney Crosby expands on recovery process: ‘I can’t wait to just get back out there’

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby spoke about why he waited to discuss his injury situation, his eagerness to get back to NHL action and how he’ll use examples like Patrice Bergeron as a reason to remain optimistic.

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