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  1. PHT makes the case for the Jack Adams Trophy finalists

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    vigneaulttrotzap

    The PHT staff makes a case for each of the three Jack Adams finalists.

  2. NHL BOG changes wording of Rules 41 and 48 to target questionable hits

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe, Ben Eager

    The NHL’s Board of Governors approved a few changes to Rule 41 (boarding) and Rule 48 (illegal hits to the head). How long before the wording confuses every single player and fan around the league?

  3. NHL Board of Governors officially approve Atlanta Thrashers’ relocation to Winnipeg

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    NHL in Winnipeg

    As expected, the NHL’s Board of Governors approved the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, making True North Sports and Entertainment their new owners.

  4. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke plans on being aggressive during 2011 NHL Entry Draft

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Brian Burke

    With two picks low in the first round and an ever-present willingness to make big deals, Brian Burke said that the Toronto Maple Leafs “do not intend to be an idle bystander” on draft day or July 1.

  5. Maple Leafs shuffle assistant coaches; Is Ron Wilson on thin ice?

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Ron Wilson

    With his assistant coaching staff receiving a facelift and no contract extension in the works, many people wonder if Ron Wilson’s days with the Toronto Maple Leafs might be numbered.

  6. Montreal Canadiens re-sign Max Pacioretty to two-year deal reportedly worth $3.25M

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Max Pacioretty, Zdeno Chara

    The Montreal Canadiens are showing that they’re confident Max Pacioretty will bounce back from that notorious Zdeno Chara bit signing the winger to a two-year deal reportedly worth $3.2 million.

  7. Report: 2011-12 salary cap will include $64M ceiling, $48M floor

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Philadelphia Flyers

    TSN reports that the 2011-12 salary cap ceiling will be $64 million while the floor should be $48 million. This post expands on that by revealing the five teams who are closest to the ceiling as of this time and the five teams who need to spend the most money to reach the floor.

  8. Red Wings announce that Nicklas Lidstrom will be back for one year at $6.2M

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Nicklas Lidstrom

    Detroit Red Wings need not fear anymore: Nicklas Lidstrom will come back for one more year, according to the team. Update: the one-year deal will reportedly pay him $6.4 million, the same salary he received in 2010-11.

  9. Steven Stamkos, Lightning should lean toward Crosby’s contract rather than Ovechkin’s deal

    Jun 19, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Steven Stamkos

    The Lightning and Steven Stamkos are in an unusual contract situation. That being said, if they’re going to try to duplicate any other star’s deal, they should lean toward Sidney Crosby’s contract rather than Alex Ovechkin’s lengthy pact.

  10. Other teams could make Tampa Bay miserable if Steven Stamkos reaches restricted free agency

    Jun 19, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    stamkosrfagetty

    The Tampa Bay Lightning could deal with all kinds of headaches if Steven Stamkos becomes a restricted free agent on July 1. Click “Read More” for some nightmare scenarios.

  11. Zdeno Chara completes his mission of bringing a Stanley Cup to Boston

    Jun 18, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Zdeno Chara delivered on his goal when he came to Boston five years ago: to win a Stanley Cup.

  12. Sean Bergenheim’s agent says it’s ‘not going to be easy’ for Lightning to sign him before July 1

    Jun 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Sean Bergenheim

    The Lightning face some tough questions this off-season and Sean Bergenheim’s agent indicates that his situation won’t be easy, either.

  13. Could Tomas Kaberle actually return to the Boston Bruins next season?

    Jun 18, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Tomas Kaberle

    It’s hard to imagine, but the Bruins might consider bringing back disappointing defenseman Tomas Kaberle. In some ways, it might even make a little bit of sense.

  14. Comparing PHT editor and reader predictions in the 2011 playoffs

    Jun 18, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Adam McQuaid; Raffi Torres

    With the 2011 playoffs over, we look back at our predictions (and your predictions) to see how well we did.

  15. Patrice Bergeron: ‘Sorry Canada, but I’ve got to go with the Stanley Cup’

    Jun 16, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    Patrice Bergeron

    Patrice Bergeron has come a long way since his career was seemingly derailed by concussions. Want proof? He faced the enviable question of deciding which was more thrilling: winning a gold medal or the Stanley Cup. Bergeron opted for the Cup.

  16. Report: Minnesota Wild expected to announce Mike Yeo as next head coach on Friday

    Jun 16, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby, Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Yeo

    Minnesota is expected to make Mike Yeo the third head coach in Wild history on Friday.

  17. Bodog tabs the Vancouver Canucks as the favorites to win the 2012 Stanley Cup

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    The Canucks are the strongest favorites to win the 2012 Stanley Cup, with 5/1 odds. Find out how the other teams fared in this post.

  18. Philadelphia Flyers’ brass meet with Ilya Bryzgalov and his agent in person for first time

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Ilya Bryzgalov

    While the two sides have quite a way to go before they reach a possible deal, the Flyers met with Ilya Bryzgalov and his agent Rich Winter face to face for the first time today.

  19. Your requisite Vancouver Canucks playoff injuries post

    Jun 16, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    injurycanucksap

    Here’s your requisite list of injuries – most of them confirmed, though not all – for the Vancouver Canucks now that the playoffs are over.

  20. Colorado Avalanche promote Adam Deadmarsh to assistant coach

    Jun 16, 2011, 2:10 PM EDT

    Joe Sacco

    The Avalanche announced some front office moves today, including Adam Deadmarsh’s promotion to the position of assistant coach.

  21. Game 7 of 2011 Stanley Cup finals ties best Game 7 overnight ratings on record

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals produced huge ratings for NBC and the NHL, especially in the Boston area.

  22. Vancouver riot reactions: Thousands volunteer to clean up mess, Henrik Sedin voices disgust

    Jun 16, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Stanley Cup Vancouver Scene Hockey

    While many reacted to the Vancouver riots with disgust, some citizens/fans decided to help clean up the mess. (This post also features an update regarding some of the fallout.)

  23. Washington Capitals make Olie ‘Godzilla’ Kolzig their new associate goalie coach

    Jun 16, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Olaf Kolzig

    The Washington Capitals announced that former goalie great Olie Kolzig will mentor new goalies as the team’s associate goalie coach.

  24. Roberto Luongo: ‘We’re devastated … but we’ll be back’

    Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    While many Canucks fans will want to get rid of him, Roberto Luongo seems positive about the team’s chances of getting back to the Stanley Cup finals.

  25. Photo gallery: Stunning sights from the Vancouver riot

    Jun 16, 2011, 4:20 AM EDT

    Riot Breaks Out After Game In Vancouver

    Here are some of the most memorable (and unsettling) photos we’ve seen from the ugly Vancouver riot. Warning: these images might be disturbing. (Updated with the “rioters in love” photo.)

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