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James O’Brien

  1. NHL 12 video preview: EA Sports unveils ‘revamped’ Be a Pro mode

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    EA Sports released an intriguing video that details the changes that have been made to their Be a Pro mode for NHL ’12.

  2. Predators roundtable: Which one of Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne is most expendable?

    Jul 20, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Nashville Predators

    Amid discussion of the Predators’ struggles to sign Shea Weber, there are worries that the team won’t be able to keep its “big three” of Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne together. With that in mind, we asked our favorite Predators bloggers to name the most “expendable” player in that trio.

  3. Penguins bits: Orpik undergoes hernia surgery, video evidence of Malkin’s stickhandling skills

    Jul 20, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Evgeni Malkin

    Two Penguins bits for today: Brooks Orpik underwent successful sports hernia surgery while Evgeni Malkin showed off his skills in a training video.

  4. Report: Rangers appear hesitant to give Brandon Dubinsky $5M per year

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Four

    With a Thursday salary arbitration deadline looming, the Rangers and Brandon Dubinsky can’t seem to come to terms on a contract extension. This post details why his value is tough to gauge, his age makes things complicated and Ryan Callahan’s deal also hangs in the balance.

  5. Disney’s ‘Phineas and Ferb’ will make their way onto NHL merchandise next season

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

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    Disney and the NHL will team up to produce “Phineas and Ferb” merchandise. This post attempts to answer the question many of you are probably asking: “What is Phineas and Ferb”?

  6. Shea Weber, Predators currently locked in a ‘stalemate’ regarding a new contract

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Shea Weber

    Both sides have been saying all the right things, until now: Shea Weber’s agent claims the sides have hit “a bit of a stalemate” in their contract discussions. This post covers the Predators’ big three headaches and why Weber’s deal is so complicated.

  7. Report: Patrick Lalime set to retire from NHL

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Patrick Lalime

    Reports indicate that Patrick Lalime will retire from the NHL. This post discusses his highest and lowest moments in the NHL, revealing an overachieving career.

  8. Teddy Purcell and Lauri Korpikoski avoid arbitration, both sign two-year deals

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

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    Teddy Purcell

    The Lightning locked up Teddy Purcell to a two-year, $4.725 million deal, avoiding arbitration. Lauri Korpikoski came to an arbitration settlement by signing a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Coyotes. We examine whether or not these two players might be one-hit wonders in the post.

  9. Detroit Red Wings officially announce Ty Conklin’s one-year contract

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Ty Conklin

    The Red Wings confirmed rumors that Ty Conklin will be Jimmy Howard’s backup in 2011-12.

  10. There’s always next year: Top restricted free agents for 2012

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v Montreal Canadiens

    Want to know which players might be headed to restricted free agency in 2012? Here’s the intriguing list.

  11. There’s always next year: Top unrestricted free agents for 2012

    Jul 20, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alexander Semin

    Sure, it’s early, but if you’re wondering which players might be the big fish of free agency in 2012, this post provides the pending unrestricted free agents for next year.

  12. Report: Red Wings stick with nostalgic backup plan, look primed to sign Ty Conklin

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:06 AM EDT

    Chris Osgood, Ty Conklin

    Chris Osgood won’t be the Red Wings backup next season, but reports indicate that they’ll bring back another familiar face in Ty Conklin.

  13. Video: Tim Thomas uses yoga to get an extra edge in net

    Jul 20, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

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    Tim Thomas, Phil Kessel

    Tim Thomas ranks among the NHL goalies who take advantage of yoga. Check out video of him practicing the still-often-misunderstood techniques.

  14. Steven Stamkos got his contract, but there’s ‘nothing new’ regarding Drew Doughty’s negotations

    Jul 19, 2011, 11:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Were you expecting progress between the Kings and Drew Doughty now that Steven Stamkos’ deal is done? Reports indicate that there’s been “nothing new on the Doughty front.”

  15. Salary arbitration hearings begin Wednesday; Here’s what you need to know

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Zach Parise, Shea Weber, Pekka Rinne, Jerred Smithson

    With salary arbitration hearings scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 20, you might want a primer. This post provides the schedule for the 11 players left along with information about what can and cannot be discussed in the hearings.

  16. Mediator can’t resolve Kings-Oilers dispute regarding Colin Fraser; Next stop: Gary Bettman?

    Jul 19, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

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    Dean Lombardi,

    An NHL mediator couldn’t resolve the Kings’ dispute with the Oilers regarding Colin Fraser’s health. Los Angeles now must decide if they want to file a grievance and leave the decision up to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Kings GM Dean Lombardi might just be mad enough to do it, too.

  17. Dallas Stars deny rumor that they’re losing $1 million per week

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

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    A Forbes report indicates that the Dallas Stars are losing $1 million per week, but a team official called the report “Totally, unequivocally untrue.”

  18. Patrick Kane’s wrist surgery goes well, rehab window remains at 6-8 weeks

    Jul 19, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Patrick Kane

    Blackhawks team doctor Michael Terry announced that Patrick Kane underwent successful wrist surgery today. His window of recovery remains between six to eight weeks.

  19. Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers prove to be kings of the shootout

    Jul 18, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Henrik Lundqvist, Marcel Goc

    After covering the forwards, this post takes a look at which goalies and teams have been most successful since the shootout was instituted in the 2005-06 season. As it turns out, Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers benefited the most.

  20. Will he retire or be Detroit’s backup? Chris Osgood will announce decision on Tuesday

    Jul 18, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Colorado Avalanche

    Tomorrow’s conference call will reveal whether Chris Osgood will retire or spend another season as Jimmy Howard’s backup in Detroit.

  21. Shootout stars: The best forwards in the ‘skills competition’

    Jul 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Marc Andre Fleury, Jussi Jokinen

    A recent report pointed to Jarret Stoll’s 2010-11 season as the best single campaign in shootout history. We couldn’t help but wonder: who are the all-time leaders in shootout scoring, though? Check out this post to find out which players are the kings of the shootout.

  22. Alexei Yashin update: Agent claims that one NHL team sent an offer

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Here’s a little more about the Alexei Yashin situation: his agent claims that at least one NHL team might be interested in adding him. Click “Read More” for the latest update.

  23. Hurricanes owner continues to look for new investors, says team ‘broke even’ in 2010-11

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v Carolina Hurricanes

    Even though the Hurricanes failed to make the playoffs in 2010-11, their owner Peter Karamanos reveals that the team managed to “break even.” Karamanos also discussed the search for new investors.

  24. Patrick Sharp remains willing to adjust to assignments; Blackhawks hope to re-sign him

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Blackhawks tend to move Patrick Sharp all over the place, but more than anything else, they hope that he stays in Chicago after the 2011-12 season.

  25. Could we see the NHL return of … Alexei Yashin?

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Now that it’s clear he won’t be back with SKA St. Petersburg, we cannot help but ask an out-there question: could Alexei Yashin return to the NHL?

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