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James O’Brien

  1. Deaths of Boogaard, Rypien prompt NHL to examine its support programs

    Aug 17, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    After Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien’s untimely deaths, the NHL is examining its support programs.

  2. Dan Bylsma hasn’t asked Sidney Crosby for health updates this summer

    Aug 17, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby, Dan Bylsma

    Dan Bylsma says that he hasn’t spoken to Sidney Crosby about how he’s been feeling this summer, but discussed the fact that he’ll have a plan if Crosby’s recovery period continues beyond training camp and the start of next season.

  3. Yzerman, Roy, Roenick and Salming added to NHL 12’s legends list while nitpicking begins

    Aug 17, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Steve Yzerman

    Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy, Borje Salming and Jeremy Roenick join Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios and Wayne Gretzky on the list of legends who will appear in NHL 12. While many of us wonder which two (or more) legends will round out that group, some are complaining about the “little things” like the equipment those players used.

  4. 2011 NHL RDO Camp: Dan Bylsma, Bruce Boudreau discuss icing on the penalty kill

    Aug 17, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Dan Bylsma

    Dan Bylsma had an interesting way of testing the advantages that come with icing being called on penalty killing squads while Bruce Boudreau provided his insight on that tactic and how teams would handle the rule in general.

  5. Hockey Canada names Ron Tugnutt their full-time goalie consultant for 2011-12 season

    Aug 17, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Winnipeg Thrashers Hockey

    Former NHL goalie Ron Tugnutt was promoted to a full-time position as Hockey Canada’s goalie consultant for next season.

  6. Matt Bradley assesses Washington Capitals, says former teammate Alexander Semin ‘just doesn’t care’

    Aug 17, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins

    Matt Bradley wasn’t afraid to give an honest assessment of his former team, the Washington Capitals. In the process, he backed up many common criticisms of the team, with Alexander Semin receiving the harshest critiques of them all.

  7. 2011 NHL RDO Camp: Today’s schedule, curved glass, faceoff tweaks and the green line

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Max Pacioretty Zdeno Chara

    Here’s our first update on the 2011 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp. This post includes discussion of curved glass next to player benches, a green goal verification line, a tweak to faceoffs and Wednesday’s schedule of events. Stay tuned for more updates throughout today and tomorrow.

  8. Eastern Conference players who will be under big-time pressure next season

    Aug 16, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

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    NHL.com provided a list of 15 players from the East who will under big-time pressure next season, but here’s nine more who will face intense scrutiny.

  9. Bill Daly on Islanders watch party: ‘We do not approve of the use, based on what we know’

    Aug 16, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    Both the NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins disapprove of the New York Islanders viewing party, but they might just have to live with it.

  10. Best news of the day? Jonas Hiller says he expects to be ready for training camp

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Jonas Hiller

    Could Jonas Hiller’s vertigo issues be behind him? The Ducks goalie said that he expects to be able to attend training camp and be ready for the 2011-12 season. In fact, he even went as far as to set another All-Star nod as his goal.

  11. Judas Priest, Billy Idol and Bush headline NHL 12’s soundtrack

    Aug 16, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    Rob Halford, singer, songwriter and musi

    EA Sports released the soundtrack for NHL 12. If you think that we won’t make any cheesy jokes involving the song titles, You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.

  12. NHL Network will carry ‘That’s Hockey’ during this year’s research and development camp

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp

    The US version of NHL Network will carry TSN’s “That’s Hockey” program during the 2011 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp on Wednesday and Thursday.

  13. Daniel Alfredsson reportedly skated for first time since undergoing back surgery today

    Aug 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals

    Bruce Garrioch reports that Daniel Alfredsson skated for the first time since undergoing back surgery today, which indicates that the captain’s rehab continues to stay on track.

  14. Are the Calgary Flames legitimate playoff contenders?

    Aug 16, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v Calgary Flames

    Flames GM Jay Feaster thinks that next year’s Flames will resemble the one that put together a nice second-half run, which is why he didn’t change the team a whole lot. So is Calgary a legitimate contender next season? PHT examines their roster to try to answer that question.

  15. Fans, former teammates and foes remember Rick Rypien

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Here is a collection of some of the tributes from Rick Rypien’s fans, teammates and even former opponents.

  16. Canucks fans plan to memoralize Rick Rypien at Rogers Arena on Wednesday

    Aug 15, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT

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    Darcy Hordicchuk Rick Rypien

    Canucks fans plan to celebrate Rick Rypien’s life at Rogers Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

  17. Another sad end: Rick Rypien found dead at age 27

    Aug 15, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Rick Rypien

    Former Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien was found dead at his Alberta Home by a family member. Rypien was just 27 years old. This post has been updated with a possible cause of death and a statement from the Winnipeg Jets.

  18. Don Granato named head coach of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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    Don Granato – brother of Cammi and Tony Granato – was named the head coach of the USNTDP’s Under-17 Team today.

  19. Nikolai Khabibulin is home from ‘Tent City’ now

    Aug 14, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Nikolai Khabibulin was released from “Tent City” just after midnight on Saturday.

  20. Senators might be stuck with their logjam on defense

    Aug 14, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The Senators might experience a logjam on defense if they can’t trade one of their expendable veterans, such as Sergei Gonchar or Filip Kuba.

  21. Report: Sidney Crosby might not be ready for the start of the 2011-12 season

    Aug 14, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    A report indicates that Sidney Crosby might miss the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

  22. Shea Weber’s arbitrator compared him to Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook

    Aug 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NHL Awards Portraits

    The arbitrator who gave Shea Weber a one-year, $7.5 million award based the decision on two Blackhawks defensemen: Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. Read more about the interesting details – including two players whose comparable stats were rejected – in this post.

  23. Is Michael Leighton Philadelphia’s forgotten goalie?

    Aug 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Michael Leighton

    The Flyers’ off-season moves indicate that Michael Leighton might get lost in the shuffle at both the NHL and AHL levels.

  24. The NHL’s best bargain contracts: Southeast Division

    Aug 14, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers

    With all the attention spent on players who get paid too much, there isn’t as much focus on the league’s best bargains. PHT will take a team-by-team look at non-rookie contracts that are great values, finishing with the Southeast Division.

  25. The NHL’s best bargain contracts: Pacific Division

    Aug 14, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf

    With all the attention spent on players who get paid too much, there isn’t as much focus on the league’s best bargains. PHT will take a team-by-team look at non-rookie contracts that are great values, continuing with the Pacific Division.

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