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James O’Brien

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The NHL’s best bargain contracts: Northwest Division

    Aug 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Corey Crawford

    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 Northwest Division.

  5. The NHL’s best bargain contracts: Northeast Division

    Aug 13, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Three

    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 Northeast Division.

  6. The NHL’s best bargain contracts: Central Division

    Aug 13, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Ryan Suter, Pekka Rinne

    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 Central Division.

  7. The NHL’s best bargain contracts: Atlantic Division

    Aug 13, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

    Claude Giroux

    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, starting with the Atlantic Division.

  8. Scott Hartnell compares next season to his first in Philadelphia

    Aug 12, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Scott Hartnell, Nathan Gerbe, Patrick Kaleta

    Scott Hartnell isn’t unfamiliar with big changes in Philadelphia. That’s how things started for him with the Flyers in the first place.

  9. EA Sports unveils the first three legends for NHL ’12: Gretzky, Chelios and Bourque

    Aug 12, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    nhl12cover

    Wayne Gretzky, Chris Chelios and Ray Bourque have been officially revealed as the first three of nine legends who will appear in EA Sports’ NHL ’12. We take a look at who might rank as the six other legends and ask: which players would you like to see in the game?

  10. Despite signing two-way contract with Senators, Lee Sweatt decides to retire

    Aug 12, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks

    Lee Sweatt started his NHL career by scoring a goal in his first game. One shift later, it all fell apart.

  11. Six teams who made the wrong moves in net during this off-season

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Rich Peverly, Steve Mason, Chris Kelly

    Goalies are pretty hard to predict, but these six teams will probably regret their moves – or lack thereof – during this off-season.

  12. Why the Islanders should call Evgeni Nabokov’s bluff and make him their No. 1 goalie

    Aug 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Evgeni Nabokov

    Call it awkward and unlikely if you must, but the Islanders would probably get more out of Evgeni Nabokov if he became their starting goalie than if they trade him for a marginal return.

  13. Brian Burke says Leafs won’t rush Matthew Lombardi back into action

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Matthew Lombardi, Robert Lang, Ian Laperriere

    If you’re wondering if the Maple Leafs are anxious to get Matthew Lombardi on the ice after trading for him this off-season, Brian Burke has your answer: they’re taking a cautious approach with the center’s concussion issues.

  14. Could Colorado’s zany goaltending experiment actually work out?

    Aug 12, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Semyon Varlamov

    The hockey world has labelled the Colorado Avalanche’s handling of their goaltending situation as crazy. While there’s no denying that they’ve made some odd moves, there’s at least some reason to believe that Semyon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere might actually work out.

  15. Are these 10 players primed for bounce back seasons?

    Aug 11, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Nicklas Backstrom, Martin Brodeur

    NHL.com put together an interesting list of 10 players who might bounce back next season. PHT weighs in regarding which ones might actually do that.

  16. Blue Jackets’ rebound hopes ultimately rest on Steve Mason’s shaky shoulders

    Aug 11, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Mike Knuble, Steve Mason

    The Blue Jackets are gambling a crucial season on Steve Mason turning things around after two lousy seasons. PHT explores why that’s a shaky proposition that might cost Columbus GM Scott Howson his job.

  17. Buffalo Sabres sign Marc-Andre Gragnani to one-year deal, must clean up salary cap mess

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Marc-Andre Gragnani

    The good news is that Sabres re-signed Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year contract. The bad news is that they’re hovering high above the salary cap ceiling this summer and will face some tough decisions next off-season as well.

  18. A big new contract won’t hurt Brooks Laich’s world-class work ethic

    Aug 11, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Brooks Laich, Chris Drury

    Brooks Laich’s six-year, $27 million contract might be a bit much, but it looks like he’s going to do his best to earn every penny.

  19. Andrei Kostitsyn shouldn’t blame Jacques Martin for his struggles

    Aug 11, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Andrei Kostitsyn was quick to blame Jacques Martin for his flat numbers, but most of the facts point to the fact that he’s the one who falling short.

  20. Vancouver angst could sully Milan Lucic’s day with the Stanley Cup

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    Bitter Canucks fans will probably ensure that Vancouver native Milan Lucic’s day with the Stanley Cup will be subdued.

  21. Ian White might jostle with Jonathan Ericsson for spot in Red Wings’ top four

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Two

    With Brian Rafalski out of the picture because of his retirement, the Red Wings might witness a battle between Ian White and Jonathan Ericsson for time in the team’s top two defensive pairings.

  22. Francis Bouillon is working out again, but won’t be ready for some time

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Francis Bouillon, T. J. Oshie

    Francis Bouillon might still have a long way to go to recover from concussion issues, but the good news is that he’s working out again.

  23. Blues set August 22 deadline for team sale bids

    Aug 11, 2011, 12:33 AM EDT

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    Dave Checketts

    The Blues set an August 22 for nonbinding bids for parties interested in buying the team. Read this post for more on that and other deadlines that could be relevant to the sell of the St. Louis team.

  24. Report: Drew Doughty’s contract talks could extend to September

    Aug 10, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

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    Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

    Even after the other big restricted free agent dominoes fell, Drew Doughty’s talks remain in limbo. In fact, Kings GM Dean Lombardi said the sides haven’t spoken in two weeks.

  25. Wait, what? Nikita Filatov says he’s been promised a spot on Senators’ first or second line

    Aug 10, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    nikitafilatov

    Blue Jackets castoff Nikita Filatov has six goals and 13 points in his disappointing NHL career so far. So why are the Senators promising him a spot on their first or second line next season?

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