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James O’Brien

  1. Poll results: PHT readers prefer the Los Angeles Kings’ new look

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Four

    PHT readers think that the Kings made the best move by making their alternate jerseys their full-time look. In fact, they think that those Gretzky-era inspired duds are even better than the ones Wayne Gretzky wore in the early 90’s.

  2. Detroit shouldn’t be offended by Tomas Vokoun’s reasons for choosing Washington

    Sep 7, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Florida Panthers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    Some might view Tomas Vokoun’s comments as bulletin board material for the Red Wings, but the biggest factors point to the fact that Washington just made more sense for the underrated goalie.

  3. Fernando Pisani should embrace reality and accept a training camp tryout

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:22 AM EDT

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks

    Fernando Pisani might want to consider taking a training camp tryout offer if he wants to continue his NHL career.

  4. Let the nitpicking begin: The first batch of NHL 12 player ratings are out

    Sep 6, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

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    Want to know who is the highest rated skater in NHL 12 and how the legends ended up faring? This post reveals the top three skaters from each team via videos from Operation Sports.

  5. Quebec City’s hopes of landing an NHL team improve after council approves naming rights deal

    Sep 6, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Nordiques Rally Hockey

    Quebec City’s council approved Quebecor’s naming rights deal, which could net the city $63.5 million over 25 years – if the NHL comes back to the former market. This marks a big step in that direction, but the city still has a long way to go before they can land a team if they get the arena built by 2015.

  6. Alex Ovechkin calls his body ‘perfect,’ signs endorsement deal with Bauer

    Sep 6, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin

    Alex Ovechkin responded to weight-related questions by saying that his body is “perfect” right now. He hopes that his new equipment is an ideal fit, too, as he signed a six-year endorsement deal with Bauer.

  7. Report: Dallas Stars could have a new owner in place by the end of the year

    Sep 5, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

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    Reports indicate that the Stars could have a new owner in place before 2012, with the team’s bankruptcy hearing currently scheduled for September 14.

  8. Chris Clark reportedly accepts tryout offer with Boston Bruins

    Sep 5, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Columbus Blue Jackets v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Chris Clark hopes to earn a contract with the Bruins by impressing them during a training camp tryout.

  9. Lightning bits: Yzerman advises players to wear visors, Ryan Malone should be ready for next season

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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    Steven Stamkos

    Raw Charge wonders if Lightning players will heed Steve Yzerman’s request to wear visors, while recent updates indicate that Ryan Malone should be healthy enough to return by the end of the preseason.

  10. Jesse Boulerice’s wife takes to Facebook to announce controversial hitter’s retirement

    Sep 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Jesse Boulerice made headlines for all the wrong reasons during his hockey career, but he’ll leave the sport in a strange way.

  11. Cam Ward, other Hurricanes players wear strobe glasses in hopes of improving vision

    Sep 5, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Dominic Moore, Cam Ward

    Cam Ward is among the Hurricanes players who are wearing “strobe glasses” to try to improve their on-ice vision.

  12. ‘Choosing to lose’ vs. accepting life in hockey’s lower middle class

    Sep 5, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Oilers Coyotes Hockey

    It’s starting to look like the Battle of Alberta might become a battle of team building models, as the Oilers try to rebuild while the Flames hope to make the best of what they have.

  13. Charitable donations pick up steam as hockey world mourns Wade Belak’s death

    Sep 4, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Wade Belak

    Wade Belak’s funeral was a private affair, but the general public is trying to make the best of a sad situation by generating donations to charity in honor of the fallen enforcer.

  14. Oilers should benefit from Eric Belanger’s steadying presence

    Sep 4, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Phoenix Coyotes

    Signing Eric Belanger might not be a flashy move, but his experience, versatility and faceoff skills fill quite a few needs for the rebuilding Oilers.

  15. Devils enforcer Cam Janssen discusses dealing with depression, stresses of his role

    Sep 4, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers v St. Louis Blues

    Cam Janssen admits that depression is often a part of the stressful job of being an NHL enforcer.

  16. Looking back at the beginning of fantasy hockey

    Sep 4, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v Washington Capitals - Game Two

    NHL.com traces fantasy hockey’s possible roots back to a 1981 league that included Sam Rosen and former Rangers GM Neil Smith.

  17. Why we should lighten up on Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Penner and Dustin Byfuglien about their weight

    Sep 4, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Byfuglien

    Why Alex Ovechkin, Dustin Byfuglien and Dustin Penner’s respective teams should (and shouldn’t) be worried about those players’ bellies right now.

  18. Ethan Moreau looks back at his time with Oilers, hopes to play until he’s 40

    Sep 4, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Ethan Moreau

    Ethan Moreau looks back at his time with the Oilers and hopes for better health with the Kings.

  19. What the NHL and NHLPA might discuss next summer once current CBA expires

    Sep 4, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Gary Bettman

    PHT takes a look at some of the biggest areas of debate for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, finishing with Tony Gallagher’s optimistic tidbit that might provide hope that there won’t be a lockout.

  20. David Legwand pays tribute to Wade Belak

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

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    David Legwand took out a full-page ad to pay tribute to Wade Belak.

  21. Canucks discuss how they’ll help Vancouver deal with big events, learn from riots

    Sep 3, 2011, 10:20 PM EDT

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    APTOPIX Stanley Cup Vancouver Scene Hockey

    The Canucks discuss how they’ll try to help the city of Vancouver manage big events in the future after the troubling riots after Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

  22. Tim Thomas says that he doesn’t have any issues with Roberto Luongo

    Sep 3, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    When asked about his relationship with Roberto Luongo, Tim Thomas responded by saying “We’re fine.” Considering how well things turned out for Thomas after Luongo’s comments, it’s easy to believe that he’s telling the truth.

  23. Quebec City is in ‘final blitz’ to wrap up $400M deal for an NHL-friendly arena

    Sep 2, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Ottawa Senators

    September could be a huge month for Quebec City’s NHL hopes.

  24. Who will pair up with Niklas Hjalmarsson now that Brian Campbell is gone?

    Sep 2, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

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    It’s easy to dismiss Brian Campbell’s departure as a total plus for Chicago, but Niklas Hjalmarsson will need to find himself a new defensive partner in 2011-12 with “Soupy” out of the mix.

  25. Dustin Byfuglien waits to find out if he’ll be charged for BWI, might have visa troubles in Canada

    Sep 2, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Jets Byfuglien Arrest Hockey

    As Dustin Byfuglien awaits word on whether he’ll actually be charged with a BWI, a report indicates that the American-born player might have some trouble getting in and around Canada because of his legal issues.

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