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James O’Brien

  1. Charitable donations pick up steam as hockey world mourns Wade Belak’s death

    Sep 4, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Wade Belak

    Wade Belak’s funeral was a private affair, but the general public is trying to make the best of a sad situation by generating donations to charity in honor of the fallen enforcer.

  2. Oilers should benefit from Eric Belanger’s steadying presence

    Sep 4, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Phoenix Coyotes

    Signing Eric Belanger might not be a flashy move, but his experience, versatility and faceoff skills fill quite a few needs for the rebuilding Oilers.

  3. Devils enforcer Cam Janssen discusses dealing with depression, stresses of his role

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers v St. Louis Blues

    Cam Janssen admits that depression is often a part of the stressful job of being an NHL enforcer.

  4. Looking back at the beginning of fantasy hockey

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Two

    NHL.com traces fantasy hockey’s possible roots back to a 1981 league that included Sam Rosen and former Rangers GM Neil Smith.

  5. Why we should lighten up on Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Penner and Dustin Byfuglien about their weight

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Byfuglien

    Why Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Byfuglien and Dustin Penner’s respective teams should (and shouldn’t) be worried about those players’ bellies right now.

  6. Ethan Moreau looks back at his time with Oilers, hopes to play until he’s 40

    Sep 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ethan Moreau

    Ethan Moreau looks back at his time with the Oilers and hopes for better health with the Kings.

  7. What the NHL and NHLPA might discuss next summer once current CBA expires

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Gary Bettman

    PHT takes a look at some of the biggest areas of debate for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, finishing with Tony Gallagher’s optimistic tidbit that might provide hope that there won’t be a lockout.

  8. David Legwand pays tribute to Wade Belak

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

    wadebelakap

    David Legwand took out a full-page ad to pay tribute to Wade Belak.

  9. Canucks discuss how they’ll help Vancouver deal with big events, learn from riots

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

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    APTOPIX Stanley Cup Vancouver Scene Hockey

    The Canucks discuss how they’ll try to help the city of Vancouver manage big events in the future after the troubling riots after Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

  10. Tim Thomas says that he doesn’t have any issues with Roberto Luongo

    Sep 3, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    When asked about his relationship with Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas responded by saying “We’re fine.” Considering how well things turned out for Thomas after Luongo’s comments, it’s easy to believe that he’s telling the truth.

  11. Quebec City is in ‘final blitz’ to wrap up $400M deal for an NHL-friendly arena

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Ottawa Senators

    September could be a huge month for Quebec City’s NHL hopes.

  12. Who will pair up with Niklas Hjalmarsson now that Brian Campbell is gone?

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

    soupyandjar

    It’s easy to dismiss Brian Campbell’s departure as a total plus for Chicago, but Niklas Hjalmarsson will need to find himself a new defensive partner in 2011-12 with “Soupy” out of the mix.

  13. Dustin Byfuglien waits to find out if he’ll be charged for BWI, might have visa troubles in Canada

    Sep 2, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Jets Byfuglien Arrest Hockey

    As Dustin Byfuglien awaits word on whether he’ll actually be charged with a BWI, a report indicates that the American-born player might have some trouble getting in and around Canada because of his legal issues.

  14. Boston University concussion researchers are currently studying Derek Boogaard’s brain

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Derek Boogaard

    Boston University took a look at Bob Probert’s brain and found some unsettling results. We’ll see if the same happens with Derek Boogaard’s brain, since Dr. Robert Canu and his researchers have begun their research, according to The Associated Press.

  15. Red Wings, Niklas Kronwall hope to get started on a new contract soon

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Niklas Kronwall

    The Red Wings are hoping to get negotiations started with Niklas Kronwall soon, which is a good idea because Detroit’s defense could be in a state of flux next summer if Nicklas Lidstorm retires.

  16. Wade Belak’s funeral will take place in Nashville on Sunday

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    wadebelakap

    As the hockey world continues to search for answers and solutions to the problems plaguing its players, Wade Belak’s funeral will take place in Nashville on Sunday.

  17. Calgary Flames expect to see less of Miikka Kiprusoff, more results from Niklas Hagman

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Miikka Kiprusoff

    Jay Feaster says that Miikka Kiprusoff won’t start 70+ games next season but expects to see more out of winger Niklas Hagman in 2011-12.

  18. Former Leafs, Predators enforcer Wade Belak found dead at age 35 in Toronto

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators

    The NHL’s nightmare summer continues as Wade Belak was found dead at age 35.

  19. More progress for player safety: The OHL will switch to soft caps on pads next season

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Tomas Kopecky

    The OHL announced its biggest changes for the 2011-12 season, including one the NHL should adopt: switching to equipment that includes soft caps on elbow and shoulder pads.

  20. David Steckel calls Matt Bradley’s criticisms of Alexander Semin ‘not shocking at all’

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    bradleysteckel

    Many people were surprised by Matt Bradley’s comments about his former Capitals teammates, but another former Washington grinder David Steckel echoed many of his sentiments today.

  21. Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Edler are among Canucks players hoping to get healthy for next season

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    edlersamuelsson

    The Canucks might still be a little bruised and battered going into next season, but a tough schedule might be the biggest threat to another strong campaign in Vancouver.

  22. Daymond Langkow passes Coyotes’ physical; Can he give them much-needed help at center?

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Daymond Langkow

    Daymond Langkow passed his physical today, so he’ll be involved in all “club activities” for the Coyotes. Will he be the difference-maker they need at center, though?

  23. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard won’t play this year and might not ever play again

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Marc Savard, Peter Chiarelli

    The doubts about Marc Savard’s NHL return continue as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he won’t play this season and probably won’t ever play again.

  24. Blue Jackets hand Fedor Tyutin a six-year, $27M extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

    The Blue Jackets continue their run of bold and expensive moves, signing defenseman Fedor Tyutin to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.

  25. Zack Kassian hopes to make Sabres’ roster, walk the line between physical and illegal hits

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Zack Kassian

    Zack Kassian hopes to bring his grit and size to a finesse-centric group of Sabres forwards, but he’ll have to find the right balance between being physical and going over the line with his bone-crushing hits.

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