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James O’Brien

  1. Time to get worried? Brad Richards misses second day with groin injury

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Brad Richards

    It sounds like Brad Richards’ groin injury is minimal, but should the Rangers be a little worried about the health of their team and the wisdom of the nine-year deal they handed Richards?

  2. Blue Jackets give R.J. Umberger a surprising five-year, $23M extension

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

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    R.J. Umberger

    The Blue Jackets handed R.J. Umberger a five-year, $23.5 million extension today, adding the forward to a growing list of long-term commitments. Are they going in the right direction or setting themselves up for lengthy struggles?

  3. Can Jack Johnson generate a ‘plus’ season in 2011-12?

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Ryane Clowe, Jonathan Quick, Jack Johnson

    Whether you measure a blueliner’s defensive ability by plus/minus or a more sophisticated metric, Jack Johnson hasn’t been very strong in his own end. Should the Kings expect that to change next season?

  4. Capitals, Predators avoid injuries on shoddy Baltimore ice

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

    Craig Smith, Chris Bourque

    Teams are probably relieved after any preseason game in which no one is injured, but that was especially true as the Predators beat the Capitals 2-0 on questionable ice in Baltimore.

  5. Winnipeg fans provide ‘playoff atmosphere’ for Jets’ victorious preseason return

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets

    Sure, it was a preseason game, but that didn’t stop Winnipeg fans from creating a “playoff atmosphere” for the Jets’ glorious return. The Jets’ split squad smashed the Blue Jackets 6-1 in Winnipeg, which probably will be remembered a lot longer than the other half of their team losing 5-1 in Columbus.

  6. Martin Brodeur shakes off hamstring issues after missing scrimmage

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

    Martin Brodeur’s hamstring issues seem like nothing more than a hiccup, as the future Hall of Famer returned to practice on Tuesday after missing a Monday scrimmage.

  7. NHL provides video explanations for two hits-related rule changes

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v St. Louis Blues

    The NHL provided video explanations to the way referees will call penalties for boarding and hits to the head next season. Many believe that players are the ones who will ultimately be responsible for improving safety, though.

  8. Todd Bertuzzi prepares to form next ‘two kids and a goat’ line in Detroit

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks

    Todd Bertuzzi hopes to adjust to a new role on the third line alongside youngsters Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. Some are calling the combination of an aging vet and two 24-year-old forwards the next version of the “two kids and a goat” line from about a decade ago.

  9. Andrew Cogliano hopes for big changes, Corey Perry shoots for more of the same next season

    Sep 19, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Corey Perry

    Andrew Cogliano wants to turn his career around while Corey Perry hopes for the status quo next season with the Ducks.

  10. Mike Danton becomes an unlikely hero as he helps teammate survive seizure

    Sep 19, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    dantononthebluesap

    Mike Danton became an unlikely hero as he helped save a Swedish league teammate Marcus Bengtsson, who went into a seizure after suffering a late hit.

  11. Zdeno Chara leaves practice early with leg injury

    Sep 19, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Zdeno Chara

    Zdeno Chara left a Bruins scrimmage early after a puck hit the inside of his left leg. The team is calling the injury a leg contusion at the moment.

  12. Dallas Stars sale takes next step in bankruptcy court

    Sep 19, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    starslogo

    The Stars’ first day in bankruptcy court confirmed that they can function as usual. Click “Read More” to find out the next steps in the process to sell the team.

  13. Something (or someone) has to give as Drew Doughty negotiations remain stalled

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v Detroit Red Wings

    Even as training camp is underway, neither the Kings nor Drew Doughty’s representatives are budging. The longer this goes on, the worse everyone looks – so who should be the one to give in a bit first?

  14. Panthers-Predators double-header among four games to open the preseason

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Mike Weaver, Marcel Goc, Anders Lindback

    Four games – including a double feature between the Panthers and Predators – mark the beginning of the NHL’s 2011-12 preseason today.

  15. Sean Bergenheim hopes to continue playoff momentum and help Panthers break their slump

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Sean Bergenheim

    Sean Bergenheim thinks that he can maintain his playoff breakthrough pace, but the numbers don’t really support his claim. In other Panthers news, the team is still debating which player should be their next captain.

  16. Tim Thomas has a new goal for 2011-12: the Hart Trophy

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    NHL Awards Portraits

    Tim Thomas accomplished just about everything a goalie could imagine last year, so one cannot help but wonder how he can top it. How about winning the Hart Trophy, then?

  17. Battle of the Blades opens third season with Wade Belak tribute

    Sep 19, 2011, 1:37 AM EDT

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    wadebelakap

    CBC’s Battle of the Blades kicked off its third season with a tribute to Wade Belak, who was supposed to participate in the skating competition.

  18. Travis Zajac’s injury could give Jacob Josefson a shot at second line duty

    Sep 19, 2011, 12:14 AM EDT

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    Jacob Josefson

    With Travis Zajac on the shelf for months, the Devils must fill a void at center. Shuffling their lineup around might give young pivot Jacob Josefson a chance to earn second line duty – and the benefits that come with setting up Ilya Kovalchuk.

  19. Peter Mueller gets back into action in training camp

    Sep 18, 2011, 10:39 PM EDT

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    Peter Mueller still has as a way to go until you can pencil him back into Colorado’s lineup, but after missing almost a full year of a hockey action, he seemed positive about his return in training camp.

  20. Alexander Semin responds to comments about how much he cares

    Sep 18, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Alexander Semin

    Alexander Semin discussed Matt Bradley’s claims that he “doesn’t care” and also spoke about his name often surfacing in trade rumors.

  21. Marian Gaborik tries to find chemistry, fight through tragedies

    Sep 17, 2011, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Marian Gaborik, Mike Sullivan

    Marian Gaborik discusses getting over hockey’s tragic summer and finding a way to gel with new free agent center Brad Richards.

  22. Public meeting addresses concussions as training camps begin

    Sep 17, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby, Ray Shero

    With training camps kicking off this weekend, the topic of concussions returned to the forefront of many hockey discussions. Perhaps that’s why the Outcomes following Concussion in Hockey (OuCH!) seminar was scheduled today at St. Michael’s Hopsital in Toronto. About 200 people attended the public meeting, which addressed a wide variety of issues related to…

  23. Jaromir Jagr skates with new teammates, discusses spurned Pens fans

    Sep 17, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Jaromir Jagr

    Jaromir Jagr addressed angry Penguins fans and putting on a Flyers jersey for the first time as Philly’s training camp began.

  24. Carolina signs 2011 first round pick Ryan Murphy

    Sep 17, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

    It’s unclear if 2011’s 12th overall pick Ryan Murphy can make an immediate jump to the NHL with the Hurricanes, but the team has the incentive to give him a shot now that they signed him to an entry-level contract.

  25. Sidney Crosby practices at ‘100 percent pace’ on first day of camp

    Sep 17, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    While he stood out with his white no contact helmet, Sidney Crosby also stood out for how hard he worked during the first day of training camp.

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