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  1. Flyers, Jeff Carter make progress in contract extension talks

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Considering the fact that the two biggest potential 2011 free agents (Joe Thornton and Zdeno Chara) already signed lucrative extensions, the list narrows down to Brad Richards and mercurial forwards such as Alexander Semin. One of those mercurial forwards is Philadelphia Flyers sniper Jeff Carter, a player who can take over a game with his…

  2. Agent Allan Walsh complains about how the Wild are using Martin Havlat

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Is Martin Havlat’s agent Allan Walsh right when he says that Havlat is being underused? Or is Walsh over-using his mouth?

  3. Leafs forward Colby Armstrong expected to miss 4-6 weeks with finger injury

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

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    While I’ll always remember him for the part he played in a ridiculous local commercial when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colby Armstrong is also known for his rugged style mixed with a touch of half-decent scoring ability. The Toronto Maple Leafs might have overpaid him a touch this summer, but he’s…

  4. Save of the Night: Michal Neuvirth (October 27)

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Check out Michal Neuvirth’s impressive save on Eric Staal.

  5. Goal of the Night – Martin St. Louis (October 27)

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Which goal was better: Martin St. Louis speeding past the Penguins’ D and roofing it for Tampa Bay or Bryan Little deking his way through the Rangers blue line to score for Atlanta?

  6. Video: Marian Hossa leaves game with ‘upper body injury’

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Tough news for the Chicago Blackhawks last night, as super-skilled Marian Hossa left Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings with an upper body injury. You can see video of the injury at the bottom of this post. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune caught up with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who wasn’t sure about…

  7. Should he stay or go? Atlanta Thrashers forward Alex Burmistrov

    Oct 27, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Should the Atlanta Thrashers keep Alex Burmistrov at the NHL level and lose one of his bargain entry-level contract years?

  8. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 27

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. 7:00 PM ET…

  9. Chris Pronger admits he’s not 100 percent coming back from knee surgery

    Oct 27, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

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    Chris Pronger admits that he’s not completely healed from off-season knee surgery. Read more about his troubles after the jump.

  10. Roman Polak plans to undergo wrist surgery, will be out indefinitely

    Oct 27, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Tough news for the St. Louis Blues: Roman Polak will need to undergo surgery on his surgery tomorrow thanks to an injury he suffered in the team’s 1-0 with against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here is the announcement from a Blues’ press release. St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager, Doug Armstrong announced today…

  11. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk was scratched for being late to a team meeting

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    Hindsight is 20/20 and let’s face it: coaches are often judged by their results (wins, losses, playoff berths, etc.) rather than the content of their decisions. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was heralded as a genius for winning the Super Bowl largely based on a well-timed onside kick, but if it backfired, he probably…

  12. Jonathan Toews featured in ‘Are you Men’s Health Fit?’ feature

    Oct 27, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    It almost seems like Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby are in some kind of cosmic game of “H-O-R-S-E.” Crosby became the youngest captain to ever win a Stanley Cup, then Toews became the second youngest. They both won a gold medal together for Team Canada, with Crosby scoring the gold medal winning goal while Toews…

  13. Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas receives automatic one-game suspension for boarding penalty

    Oct 27, 2010, 2:27 PM EDT

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    At first I was surprised to hear this news, but it could be that I was fooled by local announcers Daryl “Razor” Reaugh and Ralph Strangis into thinking it was a bit more of an “incidental” hit. But now it all makes sense: Stephane Robidas received a one-game suspension today because the league automatically does…

  14. Carolina Hurricanes finally play home opener tonight against Washington

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Twenty days after the opening of the NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes will finally play their first “real” home game. While one of the two games they played with the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland counted as a home contest, this will be their first one in Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2010-11 season. While…

  15. Around the Rink – Wednesday, October 27

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at today’s six games. All times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm Washington @ Carolina The Hurricanes finally host a team in Carolina after bouncing around Europe and the Pacific Division (among other areas) to start off the season. We’ll have more on the Hurricanes playing their first home game 20 days…

  16. Recap: Canucks edge Avalanche 4-3 in OT

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    We covered most of last night’s action in this recap, but just in case you’re wondering what happened in Tuesday’s latest game, here’s a summary of the Vancouver Canucks-Colorado Avalanche game. Vancouver 4, Colorado 3 (OT) The biggest impact from this game might just have happened before the first puck even dropped. That’s because Avalanche…

  17. Save of the Night – Peter Budaj (October 26)

    Oct 27, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Peter Budaj helped Avalanche fans to forget about Craig Anderson’s murky injury situation for at least one night, making a few big saves but coming up short in overtime against the Canucks.

  18. Goal of the Night: Magnus Paajarvi (October 26)

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    There were a nice amount of gorgeous goals last night, but Magnus Paajarvi took the cake. Read my glowing remarks about this sensational score by clicking “Read More.”

  19. Olli Jokinen vs. Sam Gagner: The latest unexpected NHL fight video

    Oct 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Who would have thought that Sam Gagner and Olli Jokinen would throw down in a legitimate fight? Read more about the bout and find out the consensus on which guy won.

  20. Video: Craig Anderson out indefinitely after injuring himself during warmups

    Oct 27, 2010, 1:04 AM EDT

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    Craig Anderson hurt himself during a warmup drill before Colorado’s game against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Click “read more” for more details about the situation and video of the injury.

  21. Nightly Recap – Tuesday, October 26

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

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    Note: We’ll get you up to speed on the late Colorado-Vancouver game tomorrow morning or afternoon. Toronto 3, Florida 1 Colton Orr normally does damage with his hands, but tonight, he scored a game-winner for the Maple Leafs. This was a pretty bland night overall on paper, with J.S. Giguere cruising to his fourth win…

  22. Ryan Miller needs more help if the Sabres want to shake slump

    Oct 26, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

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    In three wins, Buffalo Sabres star goalie Ryan Miller allowed three goals. Yet in six losses, Miller allowed 20. Read more about this feast or famine early season for Miller (and the Sabres) after the jump.

  23. Ondrej Pavelec could ‘possibly’ return to Thrashers’ net on Saturday

    Oct 26, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    We already passed along word that Atlanta Thrashers goalie Ondrej Pavelec was activated from the injured reserve yesterday, yet it seems like the good news keeps trickling in. He might not be 100 percent ready at this moment, but it sounds like Pavelec could be back as soon as the end of this week. The…

  24. Save of the Week: Antero Niittymaki (October 18-24)

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    The “voter turnout” wasn’t outstanding for the first save of the week poll, but San Jose Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki won convincingly enough. Check out the results and video by clicking on “read more.”

  25. Goal of the Week: Teemu Selanne (October 18-24)

    Oct 26, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne edges Nashville Predators defenseman Cody Franson for our inaugural Goal of the Week award (for October 18-24). Check out the poll results after the jump.

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