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James O’Brien

  1. Peter Forsberg’s jersey retirement ends an era in Colorado

    Oct 8, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Peter Forsberg

    If it wasn’t already clear enough, the Avalanche can say officially say goodbye to their great first generation of hockey now that Peter Forsberg’s jersey number will be retired.

  2. The wacky Patrick Kane at center experiment continues

    Oct 7, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh Penguins v Chicago Blackhawks

    Surprisingly enough, the Blackhawks will roll Patrick Kane out at center during the team’s season opener against the Stars tonight.

  3. Kings win battle of the Richards against Rangers

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Phoenix Coyotes v Los Angeles Kings

    Mike Richards won round one of the battle of Richards as his Kings beat Brad Richards’ Rangers 3-2 in overtime today.

  4. Buffalo exposes Anaheim’s shaky defense in Finland

    Oct 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Toni Lydman, Thomas Vanek

    It might just be one game against a potent Sabres team, but this season might be a long one for the Ducks’ defense.

  5. Ryan Whitney might return to save the Oilers defense soon

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Dany Heatley, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Whitney

    It’s strange to see a team depend on Ryan Whitney as much as the Oilers do. Either way, Edmonton fans should be glad to know that he might be ready for the team’s season opener.

  6. Michal Neuvirth swipes Caps’ opener start from Tomas Vokoun

    Oct 7, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Michal Neuvirth

    In a surprising move that will cause many to overreact, the Capitals will start Michal Neuvirth in their first game of the season instead of Tomas Vokoun.

  7. Kings expect Dustin Penner to miss season-opener

    Oct 7, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Dustin Penner’s efforts to redeem himself with Kings fans will be put on hold because he’s expected to miss the Kings’ season-opener against the Rangers this afternoon.

  8. Video: Ed Olczyk and Keith Jones break down coaches on ‘the hot seat’

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau

    Keith Jones and Ed Olcyzk name two coaches of contending teams who might be at risk of losing their jobs if they don’t generate the right results in 2011-12.

  9. Kings, Rangers fans set to engage in Twitter battle

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers

    Kings and Rangers fans will engage in a Twitter “hashtag battle” that will ultimately benefit charities.

  10. Matt Cooke steals headlines in Penguins’ shootout win

    Oct 7, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Matt Cooke Pascal Dupuis Matt Niskanen

    Whether he’s a changed man or not, Matt Cooke made a difference by scoring two goals in the Penguins 4-3 shootout win over the Canucks.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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?

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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?

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