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  1. Boston University concussion researchers are currently studying Derek Boogaard’s brain

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Derek Boogaard

    Boston University took a look at Bob Probert’s brain and found some unsettling results. We’ll see if the same happens with Derek Boogaard’s brain, since Dr. Robert Canu and his researchers have begun their research, according to The Associated Press.

  2. Red Wings, Niklas Kronwall hope to get started on a new contract soon

    Sep 2, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Niklas Kronwall

    The Red Wings are hoping to get negotiations started with Niklas Kronwall soon, which is a good idea because Detroit’s defense could be in a state of flux next summer if Nicklas Lidstorm retires.

  3. Wade Belak’s funeral will take place in Nashville on Sunday

    Sep 2, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    As the hockey world continues to search for answers and solutions to the problems plaguing its players, Wade Belak’s funeral will take place in Nashville on Sunday.

  4. Calgary Flames expect to see less of Miikka Kiprusoff, more results from Niklas Hagman

    Sep 2, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Miikka Kiprusoff

    Jay Feaster says that Miikka Kiprusoff won’t start 70+ games next season but expects to see more out of winger Niklas Hagman in 2011-12.

  5. Former Leafs, Predators enforcer Wade Belak found dead at age 35 in Toronto

    Aug 31, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Columbus Blue Jackets v Nashville Predators

    The NHL’s nightmare summer continues as Wade Belak was found dead at age 35.

  6. More progress for player safety: The OHL will switch to soft caps on pads next season

    Aug 31, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Tomas Kopecky

    The OHL announced its biggest changes for the 2011-12 season, including one the NHL should adopt: switching to equipment that includes soft caps on elbow and shoulder pads.

  7. David Steckel calls Matt Bradley’s criticisms of Alexander Semin ‘not shocking at all’

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Many people were surprised by Matt Bradley’s comments about his former Capitals teammates, but another former Washington grinder David Steckel echoed many of his sentiments today.

  8. Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Edler are among Canucks players hoping to get healthy for next season

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    edlersamuelsson

    The Canucks might still be a little bruised and battered going into next season, but a tough schedule might be the biggest threat to another strong campaign in Vancouver.

  9. Daymond Langkow passes Coyotes’ physical; Can he give them much-needed help at center?

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Daymond Langkow

    Daymond Langkow passed his physical today, so he’ll be involved in all “club activities” for the Coyotes. Will he be the difference-maker they need at center, though?

  10. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard won’t play this year and might not ever play again

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Marc Savard, Peter Chiarelli

    The doubts about Marc Savard’s NHL return continue as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he won’t play this season and probably won’t ever play again.

  11. Blue Jackets hand Fedor Tyutin a six-year, $27M extension

    Aug 31, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

    The Blue Jackets continue their run of bold and expensive moves, signing defenseman Fedor Tyutin to a six-year, $27 million contract extension.

  12. Zack Kassian hopes to make Sabres’ roster, walk the line between physical and illegal hits

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Zack Kassian

    Zack Kassian hopes to bring his grit and size to a finesse-centric group of Sabres forwards, but he’ll have to find the right balance between being physical and going over the line with his bone-crushing hits.

  13. Brian Burke says Matthew Lombardi is concussion symptom-free

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Matthew Lombardi, Dany Sabourin

    While he hasn’t started skating yet and probably won’t be ready for the beginning of training camp, the Maple Leafs are still glad to hear that Matthew Lombardi was declared concussion symptom-free. Brian Burke also provides an update on Luke Schenn’s negotiations.

  14. Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla rank among players eyeing impressive milestones next season

    Aug 30, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

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    Calgary Flames v Phoenix Coyotes

    Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla could reach some impressive milestones next season, particularly in Jagr’s case. This post goes deeper to look at other all-time rankings lists, showing why Mike Modano might want to come back for another season after all.

  15. Back in silver and black: Kings make Gretzky-like look their official color scheme

    Aug 30, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

    The Kings completed their gradual change from their purple-themed look to the Gretzky era-inspired black, silver and white alternate uniforms today. Let us know how you feel about those changes in the poll and comments.

  16. Flyers sign budding star James van Riemsdyk to a six-year, $25.5M contract extension

    Aug 30, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v New Jersey Devils

    The Flyers are buying in to the notion that James van Riemsdyk is primed for stardom; they signed the budding power forward to a six-year deal worth $25.5 million.

  17. Video: Stanley Cup takes a fall on Michael Ryder’s day

    Aug 30, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Michael Ryder

    Blame it on the table if you like, but the Stanley Cup took a ding on Michael Ryder’s day with the silver chalice.

  18. Report: Devils to retire Scott Niedermayer’s number this season

    Aug 30, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Scott Niedermayer

    It’s just a report, but it sounds like the Devils will retire Scott Niedermayer’s number 27 next season, which might be controversial to some of the team’s fans.

  19. Capitals bits: Tomas Vokoun talks about taking less money, Jason Chimera asks for patience

    Aug 30, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Washington Capitals v Florida Panthers

    Jason Chimera asks the hockey world to be patient about the Capitals, but Tomas Vokoun and many other Washington players would surely benefit from more immediate results.

  20. Eric Staal discusses falling short of playoffs, Erik Cole’s departure and Canes’ changes

    Aug 30, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Eric Staal spoke about the Hurricanes’ disappointing final game of the 2010-11 season, Erik Cole’s departure and the new look roster.

  21. Assessing the fortunes of the Ducks, Panthers and Stars since NHL’s 1993 expansion

    Aug 29, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    Brett Hull

    Here’s a look at how the Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Florida Panthers fared since they came into existence in 1993.

  22. Flyers boast an abundance of options at center despite trading Mike Richards and Jeff Carter

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Danny Briere, Claude Giroux

    Even after trading Jeff Carter and Mike Richards, the Flyers have a lot of centers to work with going into training camp.

  23. Edmonton Oilers must deal with weighty issue of Ryan-Nugent Hopkins bulking up

    Aug 28, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

    A lot has been made of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins needing to add weight to his frame in order to make it in the NHL, but Jim Matheson and others wonder if he’s struggling with the extra bulk.

  24. Ulf Samuelsson’s son makes list of U.S.-born players primed for 2012 NHL Draft

    Aug 28, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    NHL Draft Hockey

    Ulf Samuelsson’s son Henrik made USA Today’s top five list of U.S.-born players eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. If that holds true, two of Ulf’s children could have a shot at NHL careers of their own. Read more for other details about the top five American-born prospects.

  25. Michael Grabner reflects on his path to the NHL

    Aug 28, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Michael Grabner

    Michael Grabner’s 2010-11 season contained its highs and lows, but it was just part of his interesting journey to the NHL. Grabner stopped by the Spokane Chiefs’ training camp to reflect on the challenges he faced (and ultimately overcame).

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