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  1. Ryan Miller responds to critics of his former teammate Tim Connolly

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:07 AM EST

    Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly

    Tim Connolly left Buffalo with critics and his signing with Toronto brought some dissent as well, but Ryan Miller is adamant about defending his former teammate.

  2. Steve Yzerman expects to re-sign Teddy Purcell, whether he goes to salary arbitration or not

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:49 PM EST

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    Teddy Purcell

    While he’s not sure if the Lightning can re-sign him before salary arbitration, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman believes that Teddy Purcell will play for the Bolts in 2011-12.

  3. Winnipeg Jets round out coaching staff with Tony Borgford, Wade Flaherty and Charlie Huddy

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

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    Claude Noel, Kevin Cheveldayoff

    The Jets added three people to its coaching staff: Charlie Huddy, Wade Flaherty and Tony Borgford.

  4. Another big turnover: Chris Campoli won’t be back with the Blackhawks next season

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

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    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman revealed that Chris Campoli won’t be back with Chicago, regardless of the results of his salary arbitration. That means that his legacy with the team might boil down to that regrettable turnover in Game 7 of their series against the Canucks.

  5. Calgary Flames retain Brendan Morrison with one-year, $1.25M deal

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    The Flames brought back Brendan Morrison with a reasonable one-year, $1.25 million deal. PHT takes a quick look at this move in relation to the team’s shaky overall structure.

  6. New Panthers coach Kevin Dineen could make or break Florida’s renovation

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

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    Kevin Dineen

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon made a flurry of moves – many of which seem questionable – but new head coach Kevin Dineen could be the one who decides if those moves end up looking good or not.

  7. Mike Commodore 64: Commodore USA president would be ‘ecstatic’ if it happened

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Mike Commodore, Eric Fehr

    Who knows if the Mike Commodore 64 situation will come to fruition, but the people at Commodore USA would be ‘ecstatic’ if it did.

  8. Can Brad Richards revive Marian Gaborik’s career in New York?

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    Can Brad Richards revive Marian Gaborik’s career? The Rangers are gambling almost $20 million next season that they can work it out.

  9. Quick hits: Mike Keane might join Jets staff, Brouwer on the LTIR and NHL’s most disappointing teams

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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    Troy Brouwer, Roberto Luongo

    Quick hits from around the NHL: Mike Keane might join the Jets’ coaching staff, Troy Brouwer might go on the LTIR in Washington and Forbes lists the teams that disappoint their fans the most and least.

  10. Small moves: Senators re-sign Bobby Butler, Flames trade for goon and Matt Smaby joins Ducks

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

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    Cam Janssen, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

    Two small moves so far today: the Senators re-signed solid young forward Bobby Butler while the Flames sent a fifth round pick to the Devils for Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. (Update: the Ducks also added Matt Smaby.)

  11. Bad role models: Danick Paquette compares himself to … Matt Cooke?

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Columbus Blue Jackets v Atlanta Thrashers

    New Capitals prospect Danick Paquette made a curious decision to compare himself to hated Penguins forward Matt Cooke today. But does the shoe fit?

  12. Money matters: Canadiens win tax squabble with Montreal, Alberta won’t fund Oilers’ new arena

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    Philadelphia Flyers v Montreal Canadiens - Game Four

    The Canadiens got some tax breaks for the Bell Centre while the Oilers might not get much governmental help as they try to build a new arena.

  13. Max Pacioretty reacts to playing first game since injury: ‘It just felt weird’

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    Max Pacioretty took a big step forward by participating in a charity hockey event, the “most competitive outing” he’s had since that scary Zdeno Chara hit. When asked about the experience of skating in the charity game, Pacioretty said ” … it just felt weird.”

  14. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis thinks team’s Stanley Cup window will be open for ’10-15 years’

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Ted Leonsis

    The Capitals are wise to resist the urge to “blow things up” after a few disappointments, as owner Ted Leonsis points out that their window to win a title could be open for “10-15 years.”

  15. Anxious to find out who will coach the Devils? You won’t find out this week

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    New Jersey Devils Introduce John MacLean As Head Coach

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said he won’t name a new head coach this week.

  16. Teemu Selanne retirement semi-update: Bob Murray says ‘He feels fine’

    Jul 12, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

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    Teemu Selanne

    It’s still unclear if Teemu Selanne will retire or come back for another season, but Ducks GM Bob Murray said he was “feeling good” after skating on Monday.

  17. Coyotes discuss Mike Smith’s tough task: replacing Ilya Bryzgalov

    Jul 12, 2011, 4:34 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Five

    The Coyotes face a tall order in trying to replace Ilya Bryzgalov, but if you ask Sean Burke & Co., Mike Smith could be the man to get the job done.

  18. Devils’ top pick Adam Larsson hopes to play in the NHL next season

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

    Devils’ first round pick Adam Larsson hopes to play at the NHL level next season.

  19. Cheers: Appeal court sides with NHL, Molson-Coors on $375M+ sponsorship deal

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Cuba Gooding Jr.

    The Ontario Court of Appeals sided with Molson-Coors and the NHL, bringing their “monster” 375 million+ deal back to life.

  20. Oilers trade Andrew Cogliano to the Ducks for Anaheim’s 2013 second round pick

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    Braden Holtby, Andrew Cogliano

    After years of disappointing the Oilers, Edmonton traded Andrew Cogliano to Anaheim for the Ducks’ 2013 second round pick.

  21. Why ‘sad goalie’ Tomas Vokoun isn’t a member of the Detroit Red Wings

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Florida Panthers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    As it turns out, the Capitals weren’t the only team in the running for Tomas Vokoun. A translated report indicates that the Red Wings had some interest, too. This post explains why Washington won the Vokoun derby.

  22. Quick hits: Aerosmith and the Stanley Cup, Leafs re-sign Mike Zigomanis and more

    Jul 12, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Here are a few quick hits from around the NHL.

  23. NHL ’12 video preview: EA Sports boasts ‘hat trick’ of innovations

    Jul 12, 2011, 1:37 AM EST

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    EA Sports unveiled their “hat trick of innovations” for their upcoming NHL ’12 title recently. Watch video of those changes and check out our analysis of how those innovations might work in this post.

  24. NHL.com lists Ovechkin, Datsyuk among its most exciting players of all-time

    Jul 11, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

    Alex Ovechkin

    Along with naming legends like Bobby Orr and Guy Lafleur, NHL.com also tabbed Alex Ovechkin and Pavel Datsyuk for its list of the most exciting players of all-time.

  25. Cabbie’s revenge: Brett Sutter pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

    Jul 11, 2011, 10:10 PM EST

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    suttermugshot

    Brett Sutter pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges related to an incident in which he allegedly punched a cab driver. It looks like the two parties can move on from that incident while the rest of us enjoy Sutter’s wonderful mustachioed mugshot.

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