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James O’Brien

  1. Mike Comrie won’t return until he completes rehab from hip surgery; Is his career over?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v Detroit Red Wings

    Mike Comrie’s NHL career is on hold as he continues to rehab from hip surgery. Could this be the last we see of Comrie?

  2. Could the St. Louis Blues be a ‘sleeper team’ in the West?

    Aug 8, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    David Backes, Chris Stewart

    Could the St. Louis Blues be the “sleeper team” of the West next season? Let’s take a look.

  3. Striking while the team’s hot: Lightning reportedly sell twice as many season tickets for 2011-12

    Aug 7, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Three

    The steady stream of positivity keeps building for the Lightning organization, as they reportedly doubled their season ticket sales for 2011-12 and earned about a 90 percent renewal rate to boot.

  4. Not all of this week’s Sean Avery news is bad: Namesake horse wins Vanderbilt Handicap

    Aug 7, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Longfellows Stakes Horse Racing

    Sean Avery (the hockey player) might be making bad gambles with cops this week, but Sean Avery (the thoroughbred horse) actually beat the odds by winning a race Sunday.

  5. Chara, Ovechkin and Phaneuf make list of 10 ‘biggest hitters’

    Aug 6, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

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    fearsomehitters

    Four active NHLers made NHL.com’s list of the ten biggest hitters. Check out who they were and discuss those choices in this post.

  6. Tackling how the US debt debacle might affect the NHL

    Aug 6, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    A picture shows the reflection of a man

    With the United States credit rating taking an “unprecedented blow,” blogger Dirk Hoag broke down how that might affect Canadian and American NHL teams. “Read more” for the details and some extra thoughts.

  7. ‘Furry’ rumors: Rescheduled event leads some to think 2012 NHL Entry Draft will be in Pittsburgh

    Aug 6, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Iceburgh

    What’s the best way to start a rumor about the 2012 draft being in Pittsburgh? Just keep an eye on the city’s calendar for … “Furry” events.

  8. Are Marty Turco’s days in the NHL over?

    Aug 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Marty Turco

    Could Marty Turco’s lack of options force him to retire or at least leave the NHL?

  9. Chris Pronger is ‘progressing nicely’ but could miss beginning of Flyers training camp

    Aug 6, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    It’s not shocking news but it might be a little unsettling for Flyers fans: Chris Pronger will likely miss at least the beginning of training camp.

  10. Rangers to speak with Sean Avery; He says “it will all work out somehow”

    Aug 6, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

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    Sean Avery says he thinks that his legal issues “will all work out at some point,” but the question is: will his NHL career?

  11. Daniel Alfredsson says rehab is ‘on track’ after back surgery

    Aug 4, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Boston Bruins

    Six weeks after back surgery, Daniel Alfredsson’s rehab process is reportedly “on track.”

  12. Brad Marchand discusses contract negotiations, ‘mutual respect’ among rivals

    Aug 4, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    Brad Marchand spoke about his contract situation, as well as his relationship with Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews and P.K. Subban.

  13. Ray Emery’s ‘one in a million’ comeback from grueling hip surgery

    Aug 4, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Ray Emery

    A look at Ray Emery’s challenging road back to the NHL, which will continue at Chicago Blackhawks training camp.

  14. Taking a look at what might be the leaked new third jerseys for the New York Islanders

    Aug 4, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    possiblethirdjersey

    Could this concept end up being the Islanders new third jersey? It’s unclear at this point, but there are a few reasons why it might be true.

  15. Canucks invite Owen Nolan, Todd Fedoruk to training camp on tryout basis

    Aug 4, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Vancouver Canucks invited Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk to training camp on a tryout basis. This post discusses why each player might be worth keeping around.

  16. St. Louis Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz hopes to honor his sister Mandi

    Aug 4, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    2010 NHL Draft Portraits

    St. Louis Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz hopes to honor his sister Mandi, who died after a spirited battle with cancer.

  17. Arguing against publicly funded arenas

    Aug 4, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    New York Islanders Fan Rally With Performance By Blue Oyster Cult

    PHT agrees with the general sentiment of Arctic Hockey’s post against the idea of publicly funding arenas.

  18. Colorado’s fortunes rest on Erik Johnson backing up his confident words

    Aug 4, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v Colorado Avalanche

    Many expect the Avalanche to give the Capitals a lottery pick from the Semyon Varlamov trade because Colorado is expected to flop again next season. Erik Johnson is not one of those people.

  19. With Capitals uninterested in bringing him back, Scott Hannan searches for new team

    Aug 4, 2011, 12:43 AM EDT

    Scott Hannan, Sean Bergenheim

    The Capitals don’t want Scott Hannan back, but if the rugged defenseman should be able to find a new team if his price tag is reasonable. This post takes a look at the large number of teams that would be interested in an affordable deal with Hannan.

  20. Buffalo Sabres promote Kevyn Adams to assistant coach

    Aug 3, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

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    The Sabres promoted former NHL player Kevyn Adams to an assistant coaching role for bench boss Lindy Ruff.

  21. Luke Schenn, Maple Leafs resume contract negotiations

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers

    There isn’t a huge sense of urgency at the moment, but the Maple Leafs and restricted free agent defenseman Luke Schenn are back at the bargaining table.

  22. Goodbye bizarre commercials with Alex Ovechkin’s head: NHL star won’t endorse CCM anymore

    Aug 3, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin will take his hockey skills (and disembodied head) to a new endorser, leaving CCM and Reebok behind.

  23. Gary Bettman says NHL will try to keep Islanders from moving

    Aug 2, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game One

    Gary Bettman says that the NHL will do what it can to keep the New York Islanders from relocating.

  24. Ryan Kesler undergoes hip surgery, rehab could force him to miss training camp, start of next season

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:58 PM EDT

    Ryan Kesler, David Krejci

    Ryan Kesler will miss 10-12 weeks after undergoing hip surgery, which means he’ll likely miss training camp and the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

  25. Alex Frolov denies accusing Sean Avery of making racist comments

    Aug 2, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Three

    Alex Frolov clarified some of the things that he did (or didn’t) say about Sean Avery. The general message is that Avery might be a changed man.

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