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James O’Brien

  1. With two wins in Cup finals, Bruins gain something else: higher expectations

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Four

    The Bruins came into this series with at least some sense of “being happy to be there” – at least among some fans – but two big wins seem to have changed that mindset.

  2. Brad Marchand finds right balance between agitation and offense

    Jun 10, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Keith Ballard;  Brad Marchand

    Brad Marchand is a rare example of a pest who brings so much more to the table than he takes away, he might deserve a new title entirely.

  3. Winnipeg fallout: Thrashers staffers face uncertain future, Manitoba Moose move

    Jun 10, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Craig Ramsay

    True North replaced many Thrashers staffers with Manitoba Moose employees while key coaching staff members wonder about their future. Speaking of the Moose: they’ll play in St. John’s N.L. next season.

  4. Vancouver defense continues its disconcerting shuffles as Chris Tanev replaces Keith Ballard

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Dan Hamhuis, Troy Brouwer, Roberto Luongo

    The Canucks’ problems on defense continue as they shift Keith Ballard out of the lineup for unproven depth defenseman Chris Tanev.

  5. Head games: While Luongo’s psyche is in question, is Thomas in Canucks’ heads?

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Tim Thomas

    While many wonder where Roberto Luongo’s mind is at, the other question is: can the Canucks get Tim Thomas out of their heads?

  6. With Bryzgalov’s rights traded, Coyotes face three roads to goaltending solution

    Jun 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Don Maloney

    How will the Coyotes replace Ilya Bryzgalov? GM Don Maloney mapped out his three-pronged strategy to do just that.

  7. Montreal Canadiens sign Mathieu Darche to one-year, $700K deal

    Jun 10, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Mathieu Darche; Marc-Andre Fleury

    The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up journeyman forward Mathieu Darche to a one-year, $700K deal today. South Park fans secretly rejoiced.

  8. Alain Vigneault on Roberto Luongo starting in Game 5: ‘You can bet on it’

    Jun 10, 2011, 5:21 AM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    The word is that Roberto Luongo will remain in Vancouver’s net for Game 5. That word came from Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, though, so you never really know.

  9. Capitals part ways with goalie coach Arturs Irbe

    Jun 10, 2011, 1:21 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v Washington Capitals

    Despite a very successful 2010-11 season, Arturs Irbe won’t be Washington’s goalie coach. Read more for how much this might impact the Capitals’ goalie, especially Semyon Varlamov.

  10. Bill Daly denies rumors that NHL is rebuilding bridge with Jim Balsillie

    Jun 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Jim Balsillie

    If the NHL is mending the fences with Jam Balsillie, they’re not admitting to as much publicly.

  11. Should Winnipeg name their team the Jets? Andrew Ladd sees both sides of argument

    Jun 9, 2011, 10:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Ladd

    Should the Winnipeg team be named the Jets? Will he even play for whatever the team is called? Last season’s Atlanta Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd discussed those issues today.

  12. Report: Blue Jackets hope to pry Jeff Carter from Flyers; Would the rumored deal make sense?

    Jun 9, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Jeff Carter

    The Blue Jackets are rumored to throw this package deal at the Flyers for Jeff Carter: Jakub Voracek and the eight pick of the 2011 draft. This post discusses why this rumored trade might make sense for both sides.

  13. Did Aaron Rome’s hit on Nathan Horton actually hurt the Canucks more than the Bruins?

    Jun 9, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Mark Recchi, Zdeno Chara, Michael Ryder, Daniel Paille, Rich Peverley

    On paper, the Bruins got the short end of the stick with both Aaron Rome and Nathan Horton being lost for the rest of their series against the Canucks. Yet when you look at the motivation Boston received and how the lineup changes have gone wrong for Vancouver, it’s clear the “trade off” was more even than expected.

  14. The soundtrack to Roberto Luongo’s misery

    Jun 9, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Roberto Luongo, Christian Ehrhoff

    At one point, it seemed like “Chelsea Dagger” would be the ultimate theme song for Roberto Luongo’s saddest hockey moments. Yet after two disastrous games hearing plenty of the Bruins’ goal song, we decided to compile a “greatest hits” collection of the song he probably hates the most.

  15. Boston Bruins hope to retain momentum, tie series with villainous Vancouver Canucks

    Jun 8, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

    Derrick Leger

    Want to catch up on all the PHT content for Game 4 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals? Check out this post.

  16. Kevin Cheveldayoff officially named Winnipeg’s new GM

    Jun 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

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    Kevin Cheveldayoff, Craig Heisinger

    It’s official: former Blackhawks assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will be the new Winnipeg team’s GM.

  17. Former NHL forward Bill Guerin named Pittsburgh Penguins’ player development coach

    Jun 8, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Bill Guerin

    The Penguins made Bill Guerin their player development coach. This post elaborates on his role and also depicts the stability the franchise is setting up for itself.

  18. Beware the hip check: Keith Ballard looks to make Stanley Cup finals debut tonight

    Jun 8, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    ballardhipcheckgetty

    Could we see another huge hip check tonight? It’s quite possible since Keith Ballard will make his first-ever appearance in a Stanley Cup finals contest in Game 4.

  19. Tyler Seguin will play in Game 4; How will Bruins replace Nathan Horton?

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Sergei Bobrovsky, Tyler Seguin, Michael Ryder

    Tyler Seguin will play in Game 4 while Nathan Horton is done for the series. So which Bruins players could skate in Horton’s spot on the team’s top line?

  20. Nashville Predators hope to court jilted Atlanta Thrashers fans

    Jun 8, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    THRASHERS FAN

    One market’s loss is another market’s gain? The Predators hope to attract Thrashers fans to Nashville for select games. Find out more about this clever marketing idea by clicking “Read More.”

  21. Much like Tim Thomas before him, Roberto Luongo will stay the course despite defeat

    Jun 8, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Roberto Luongo

    Much like Tim Thomas did as Game 3 approached, Roberto Luongo won’t let some bumps in the road change his style. He shouldn’t either; isn’t that what got him this far in the first place?

  22. Chicago Cubs draft Wayne Gretzky’s son Trevor in MLB Draft’s seventh round

    Jun 8, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Trevor Gretzky,

    The Chicago Cubs made Trevor Gretzky – son of NHL legend Wayne – their seventh round pick in the MLB Draft.

  23. Voting for new Quebec arena deal won’t come until fall, putting NHL future on hold

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Ottawa Senators

    Quebec City’s dreams of following Winnipeg’s footsteps by bringing back the NHL were put on pause – if not dashed – by a decision to postpone voting on a new arena until the fall.

  24. Binghamton Senators defeated Houston Aeros for their first-ever Calder Cup win last night

    Jun 8, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Ottawa Senators

    The Binghamton Senators won the 2011 Calder Cup last night with a 3-2 win against the Houston Aeros. Read more about their AHL championship victory in this post.

  25. Report: True North will announce Kevin Cheveldayoff as Winnipeg’s new GM on Wednesday

    Jun 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

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    cheveldayoffgetty

    Reports indicate that Blackhawks assistant GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will become the GM for Winnipeg’s new team.

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