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  1. Preseason Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 26

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Today’s preseason schedule cannot compare to the mammoth 14-game slate we saw on Saturday. That doesn’t mean it won’t be any less worthy of your attention (if you’re into that whole preseason thing). Let’s take a look at Sunday’s schedule of games, beginning with the contests that will be shown on the U.S. NHL Network.…

  2. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admits team might put Marc Savard on long term injured reserve

    Sep 26, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    For much of the off-season, it seemed like the Boston Bruins would pull a “Wade Redden/Cristobal Huet” and sneak Michael Ryder’s approximate $4 million cap hit under the radar. Yet with Marc Savard’s issues with post-concussion syndrome becoming very public, it seems like the cap “solution” might be to put the talented-but-injury-ravaged pivot on the…

  3. Ilya Kovalchuk didn't make a 'cutthroat' motion toward Sean Avery

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    One of the stranger stories that took place during last night’s surprisingly jam-packed night of interesting preseason action came during a heated exchange between Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils and Sean Avery of the New York Rangers. Some people – including Rangers GM Glen Sather – wondered if Kovalchuk made a “cutthroat” motion…

  4. Is it already time to panic about Carey Price?

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The most important thing to remember – even if it slightly defeats the point of this exercise – is that none of this really matters. After all, Carey Price’s actual numbers are just the same as every other goalie in the regular season: zeroes across the board. But that being said, there are two other…

  5. Inside the Evgeni Malkin-Rick Nash fight

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    (Image via Nicole Shuster, originally found at The Pensblog.) During the Calgary Flames magical playoff run that brought them within one win of a Stanley Cup, Jarome Iginla made a name for himself by scoring a ton of the team’s goals but also made waves by fighting just about anyone. It was a rare moment…

  6. Preseason quick recaps: September 25th's late games

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Last night, we covered the first 10 Saturday games here. There was quite the flurry of activity, with Evgeni Malkin fighting Rick Nash, Carey Price self-destructing (irrelevantly) again and so on. Did the remaining four later games bring some fireworks too? Let’s recap those games right now. Calgary 5, Tampa Bay 4 (SO) Plus: Ales…

  7. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 25th

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Alex…

  8. Evgeni Malkin fights Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin scores, Carey Price allows 6 in tonight's 'early' games

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    There were a bunch of games tonight, quite a few of them starting late, so here’s a quick recap of the games that began before 9pm ET. We’ll cover the rest Sunday morning. Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 1 Plus: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin skated on the same line, which might not be a great idea…

  9. Sergei Samsonov has 'full sensation' in extremities, could be released from hospital tonight

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Considering that the only information provided regarding Sergei Samsonov’s injury tonight involved him being taken off the ice on a stretcher and sent to an Atlanta-area hospital after hitting the boards head-first, I naturally worried about extreme injuries. Could it be a concussion or, even worse, some form of a broken neck or even paralysis?…

  10. Sergei Samsonov leaves ice on stretcher, admitted to Atlanta hospital after fall into boards

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Though the extent of the injury is unclear at this time, Ben Wright and Chip Alexander report that Carolina Hurricanes forward Sergei Samsonov was injured early in the third period of tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. Reports indicate that Samsonov was taken off the ice on a stretcher and Alexander followed up to say…

  11. Sunday's exhibition game might help Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson live his 'dream'

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    For many fans – and I would guess, plenty of players whose jobs aren’t riding on these performances – the preseason can be a real yawn-fest. While those disinterested parties sleep through these games, at least one player considers Sunday’s Edmonton Oilers-Vancouver Canucks exhibition something of a dream come true. That’s because tomorrow’s contest could…

  12. KHL team Avangard Omsk signs former Avs winger Marek Svatos

    Sep 25, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this summer, we asked “what about Marek Svatos?,” wondering if an NHL team could use a one-dimensional forward who is pretty strong in that one dimension: goal scoring. GMs around the league must have responded with a collective shoulder shrug because the Slovakian winger signed with Avangard Omsk of the KHL according to TSN.…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Mike Mottau?

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

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    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell, Lee Stempniak, Maxim Afinogenov, Patrick O’Sullivan, Marek Svatos. Today’s entry:…

  14. Would the NHL be better off with one less official on the ice?

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Back when Brendan Shanahan organized a research and development camp this summer, there were all sorts of different experimental rule changes and tweaks being tested. One possible alteration included the interesting idea of taking a referee off the ice and placing that official on a platform overlooking the ice (to provide a different vantage point…

  15. Potential risks and rewards to the Ducks playing Bobby Ryan on the power play point

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t take an expert to figure out that it’s been a strange and busy summer for Bobby Ryan. First, he waited months to reach a five-year, $25.5 million deal to stay with the Anaheim Ducks. Then Joe passed along word that the winger might end up moving to the center position this season. The…

  16. Organizers hope to preserve the arena in which 'The Miracle on Ice' took place

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    You know an event was special when even the creative by-products of those moments provide an incredible experience. From Disney’s feature film “Miracle” to HBO’s fantastic documentary “Do you believe in Miracles?” all the way down to the sorely under-appreciated book “The Boys of Winter,” I just cannot get enough retrospectives on the 1980 U.S.…

  17. NHL suspends Nick Boynton for Blackhawks' season opener for making 'cutthroat' motion

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ah, the “cutthroat” or throat-slashing gesture. It’s been a time-(dis)honored hand motion that makes me nostalgic for the days when a wrestling pay-per-view was the pinnacle of entertainment for my eight year old self. Apparently the NHL’s disciplinary decision makers aren’t big professional wrestling fans, though. The league just announced that the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman…

  18. Should the Maple Leafs be more patient with prospect Nazem Kadri?

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pressure can bring out the best in an athlete, but it can also be a very negative thing too. Especially for a young player still trying to learn how to adjust to all of the challenges that come with making the jump to the professional level. You cannot find a bigger pressure cooker for a…

  19. The Goalie Guild explains why 'deeper is better' for Roberto Luongo

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Last night I shared my doubts about the Vancouver Canucks’ strategy to adapt Roberto Luongo’s style, specifically asking him to play deeper in his crease and challenge shooters less often. Since I’m far from a goaltending guru, though, I thought it might be wise to ask someone who knows his or her stuff. I reached…

  20. Habs coach says Andrei Markov will return in October, Roman Hamrlik may resume skating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    About a week ago, we discussed the fact that a knee injury would keep Andrei Markov out of training camp and that there was no timetable for his return. Well, it sounds like there is at least a month-long window for his return, as Renaud Lavoie reports that Markov will be back in October, at…

  21. Reactions to the NHL's confirmed changes to locker room access policies for bloggers

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    (Just throwing up this disclaimer once again: this is all about blogging and access, so it might not be of much interest to many of you. Fair warning.) We discussed the NHL’s plans to allow visiting teams to ban bloggers from their locker rooms in late August, and now it sounds like that rumor is…

  22. Preseason Schedule for Friday, Sept. 24

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Let’s begin with the games that are televised on the U.S. version of NHL Network. The actual start times are listed in bold after the times they will air on NHL Network. Want the full list of games covered by the channel? Click here. (All times listed as ET) Format: Date, Visitor, Home team, Time,…

  23. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, September 24th

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:00 AM EDT

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Wild…

  24. Preseason quick recaps: September 23rd

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    Earlier tonight, we touched on the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you need a Cliff’s Notes version of that recap, here it is: Taylor Hall was good, Magnus Paajarvi was even better and the Lightning … well, they had some Dan Ellis Problems. Anyway, in case you want to know…

  25. Bob Probert's family donates his brain to researchers studying concussions

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Enforcers can be some of the most fearsome athletes in all of sports, yet many of them are/were gentle giants off the ice. Bob Probert’s death shook up many people beyond his family as the somewhat troubled but widely beloved pugilist touched many lives. Perhaps his biggest impact could come in a somewhat queasy, but…

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