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James O’Brien

  1. So much for a lack of whimsical Alex Ovechkin commercials

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Ovechkin

    We didn’t have to wait very long for a new company to feature some bizarre and enjoyable ads with Ovechkin, as Mr. Big clearly filled the gap left behind by CCM with their first goofy commercial.

  2. Vancouver should be careful with Ryan Kesler; hopes to be ready by opening night

    Aug 22, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Ryan Kesler

    Ryan Kesler is optimistic about making a quick recovery from hip surgery, but the Canucks should be careful with their crucial two-way center.

  3. Quick hits: Dave Scatchard retires, NHL 12 won’t ship with Winnipeg Jets’ new jerseys and more

    Aug 22, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Dave Scatchard,Loui Eriksson

    Quick hits from around the NHL: Dave Scatchard retires, NHL 12 won’t have the Jets jerseys until its first roster update and Craig Adams will miss about four weeks because of an appendectomy.

  4. Poll: Is the Islanders’ new third jersey their worst design yet?

    Aug 22, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Sweater-centric blog Icethetics unveiled the Islanders’ new third jersey design and they’re – in our opinion – very ugly. But how ugly are they? Let us know by voting in this poll to determine the worst look in franchise history.

  5. Today marks the deadline for St. Louis Blues’ ownership bids

    Aug 22, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Kings v St. Louis Blues

    Today marks the deadline for prospective new owners to submit their bids to buy the St. Louis Blues.

  6. The obvious reason why the NHL won’t switch to a larger ice surface

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Flames Canucks Hockey

    It’s nice to imagine the NHL switching to bigger rinks to open up the game, but the alteration would cost teams too much money in all the high-priced seats they would lose.

  7. Panthers’ 2012-13 ‘Club Red’ plan would represent radical price increases for some top seats

    Aug 21, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Lightning Panthers Hockey

    The Panthers must feel confident about the direction of their franchise because they plan on charging some exorbitant prices for their “Club Red” promotion in 2012-13.

  8. Report indicates little progress between Brad Marchand, Bruins; Should Tyler Ennis be watching?

    Aug 21, 2011, 9:11 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    The Boston Globe reports that there have been few signs of progress in the contract talks between Brad Marchand and the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa also goes on to compare Marchand with Tyler Ennis, who will be an RFA next summer – but is it really a valid comparison?

  9. Could next year’s group of rookies be better than last season’s crop?

    Aug 21, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Round One

    USA Today’s Kevin Allen wonders if the 2011-12 crop of rookies might top last season’s first-year players. PHT examines the strength of that 2010-11 group to see how tough a task that will be.

  10. Houston and Las Vegas rank among Business Journal’s top markets for an NHL team

    Aug 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    NHL Award Nominee Media Availability

    The Business Journal released an income-related study of the best markets for the NHL, with US markets like Las Vegas and Houston ranking high while top Canadian markets could only achieve “borderline” status – at best.

  11. Kings sign rugged winger Ethan Moreau to one-year, $600K deal

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Ethan Moreau

    If he can stay healthy, Ethan Moreau might be a solid veteran presence for the Kings. Los Angeles signed him to a one-year, $600K deal today.

  12. Nearly 1,000 people attend Rick Rypien’s funeral

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Alexandre Burrows, Mike Gillis

    Kevin Bieksa, Alexandre Burrows and Canucks GM Mike Gillis were among almost 1,000 people in attendance for Rick Rypien’s funeral on Saturday.

  13. Accepting the role of violence in hockey

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    Ken Gray suggests that the NHL should abolish fighting, head shots and maybe even body contact. Player safety is an important issue, but we must also acknowledge the fact that hockey and violence are inextricably linked.

  14. How last night’s Islanders viewing party went without the ‘brawlfest’

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    So what was the Islanders’ viewing party like after the team asked MSG not to re-air their “brawlfest” with the Pittsburgh Penguins? One report indicates it was still a pretty festive scene.

  15. Another blast from the past: David Aebischer receives training camp tryout with Winnipeg

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    After four years in the Swiss league, David Aebischer might get another shot at the NHL via a training camp tryout with the Winnipeg Jets. He faces long odds, but if nothing else, it could be an interesting story to follow in September.

  16. Deflated tires: Roberto Luongo has second thoughts on Tim Thomas Stanley Cup comments

    Aug 18, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Roberto Luongo spoke about the pain of losing in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals and his regrets about criticizing Tim Thomas.

  17. Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis optimistic about Luke Schenn and Matthew Lombardi

    Aug 18, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

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    Tampa Bay Lightning v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Maple Leafs assistant GM Dave Nonis said that the team should agree to a new contract with Luke Schenn before training camp. Nonis also had a vague but optimistic report about Matthew Lombardi.

  18. Brendan Shanahan says removing goalie trapezoid wouldn’t make a big difference

    Aug 18, 2011, 8:27 PM EDT

    Steve Ott, Jose Theodore

    Many people in the hockey world find the goalie trapezoid to be a silly post-lockout rule change, but Brendan Shanahan didn’t notice a big difference when it was removed during the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp.

  19. Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux named as final NHL 12’s legends; How will they be used in game?

    Aug 18, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

    Mario Lemieux

    Mario Lemieux and Gordie Howe were the final two legends that EA Sports announced for NHL 12. Check out the promotional video and a little insight on how all nine legends will be integrated into the game.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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