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James O’Brien

  1. Which teams’ penalty kill units were the best and worst last season? (Penalty kill +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Now that we shared which teams featured the best and worst PP units, we’ll give shorthanded squads the same treatment with the 2010-11 Penalty Kill Plus/Minus stats.

  2. Which teams really had the best and worst power plays last season? (Power play +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    Derek Mackenzie

    The power play percentage stat might seem like a good indicator of the best units in the NHL, but it doesn’t factor in the total amount of PP goals scored or the shorthanded goals allowed. That’s why we like to take a look at “Power Play Plus/Minus” to see which power plays were really the best and worst.

  3. Hope in the desert? Phoenix Coyotes’ season ticket sales, renewals show promise

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

    There hasn’t been a lot of good news for the Phoenix Coyotes the past few years, but ticket sales increases give them a little hope. Read about the rather promising boost in sales and renewals in this post.

  4. Aaron Boogaard receives two charges related to Derek Boogaard’s death

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    boogaardatmemorial

    Friday brought more sad news for the Boogaard family as Aaron received two serious drug-related charges related to the death of Derek Boogaard. Click “Read More” for the details.

  5. Jeff Carter knows he’ll need to pass more on a line with Rick Nash, doesn’t expect big style changes

    Jul 22, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Columbus Blue Jackets Press Conference Introducing New Players Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski

    Some worry that Jeff Carter won’t be able to find a rhythm with Rick Nash because they’re both perceived as more prolific scorers than passers. While shooting will remain Carter’s strength, he said he expects to set up Nash as well.

  6. Evander Kane seeks Bobby Hull’s approval to wear No. 9 with the Winnipeg Jets

    Jul 22, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    9evanderkanegetty

    Evander Kane hopes to get Bobby Hull’s blessing to wear No. 9 with the Winnipeg Jets, as Hull did when he dominated the WHA in the mid-to-late ’70s.

  7. Coaching hires: Habs add Cunneyworth and Ladouceur, Jets nab Vincent

    Jul 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    cunneyworthgetty

    The Montreal Canadiens promoted Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur to the assistant coach level from Hamilton while the Winnipeg Jets rounded out their staff by adding Pascal Vincent.

  8. Evgeni Nabokov will ‘stick things out’ in NHL this season, even if it’s with the Islanders

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Evgeni Nabokov

    After refusing to play for the Islanders after they snatched him off the waiver wire in 2010-11, Evgeni Nabokov’s agent confirmed that the wayward netminder will play in the NHL next season. Of course, the question is: who will he play for?

  9. Report: Alexei Yashin’s agent says they’re negotiating with Islanders, ‘seriously considering’ the offer

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    alexyashingetty

    It’s tough to tell if this is just another negotiating ploy or not, but Alexei Yashin’s agent says that they’re negotiating with the Islanders. Yashin and his agent are reportedly “seriously considering their offer.”

  10. Days with the Stanley Cup: Kaberle and the Piggy Band, Krejci’s ‘Cupbombing'; Chara’s day begins

    Jul 22, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Tomas Kaberle, David Krejci, Zdeno Chara

    Check out videos of the Stanley Cup’s stay in the Czech Republic, where David Krejci and Tomas Kaberle’s celebrations intersected … and strange things ensued.

  11. Dave Checkett expects St. Louis Blues to have new owners by beginning of 2011-12 season

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Dave Checketts

    Current Blues owner Dave Checketts agrees with the rumors that the Blues will have new owners by the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

  12. Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings and 4 other contenders have cap space to make big moves next season

    Jul 22, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    hollandandlidstrom

    Seven of the NHL’s top teams have the kind of cap space to get even better through trades, waiver wire pickups and other moves in the 2011-12 season. Find out which ones are flush and what that could mean by reading this post.

  13. Peter Mueller’s recovery from concussion issues remains a mystery

    Jul 20, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    petermuellerap

    Concussions derailed Peter Mueller’s renaissance with Colorado in 2009-10 and kept him from playing a single game in 2010-11. So will he be back? The Avalanche are keeping him at arm’s length from the media.

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

    Jul 20, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    stamkosscreenshot

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

    Jul 20, 2011, 2:11 PM EDT

    phineasferb

    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”?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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