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  1. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Shot blockers

    Sep 6, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entries:…

  2. Which teams are the most likely candidates to 'break through' in 2010-11?

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Late last week Mike Chen of From the Rink gave his three picks for possible “breakout” teams for the 2010-11 season. I personally agree that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Thrashers show some promise, but while it cannot get much worse for the Columbus Blue Jackets, they don’t scream “breakout” to me. (Then again,…

  3. Return of Quebec Nordiques rumors heat up as politicans discuss building a new arena

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Sports history has seen its fair share of cruel moments in franchise re-locations. One can only imagine how many Cleveland Browns fans felt sick to their stomachs when Art Model raised the Lombardi Trophy as his newly moved Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl. Few re-locations dealt such an immediate blow as the Quebec Nordiques…

  4. Members of the 'Apatowverse' begin casting for a new hockey movie 'Goon'

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Earlier this summer, we discussed Kevin Smith’s potential new hockey movie “Hit Somebody.” Say what you will about the often-vulgar creator of Jay and Silent Bob, it was intriguing to hear that an occasionally deft hand was being put to work on a hockey movie. Not to be outdone, it sounds like a few celebrity…

  5. Video game critics give 'NHL 2K11' middling reviews

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    As excited as many people are for the opportunity to veg out today, my guess is a lot of hockey fans are eagerly awaiting midnight. That’s because game stores (might) be open for midnight sales, which means that video game enthusiasts and puckheads alike will gain their first chance to purchase NHL ’11 (and the…

  6. Watch Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith butcher 'Take me out to the ballgame'

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blachawks are still enjoying the perks of winning the Stanley Cup in the summer as Duncan Keith threw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field recently. He was then joined by fellow hard worker Dave Bolland in a charmingly horrendous rendition of “Take me out to the ballgame.” (Warning: this video starts off…

  7. The most 'laborious' jobs in hockey

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ah, Labor Day. Unlike most other national holidays, you don’t saddle us with guilt for being couch potatoes instead of war heroes. You don’t give us too much incentive to injure ourselves with illegal fireworks, force us to eat overcooked turkey with family members we don’t get along with or buy overpriced greeting cards. Nope,…

  8. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, September 5th

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:50 PM 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. Owen…

  9. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Hits leaders

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entries:…

  10. Poll results: PHT readers think John Tortorella is the coach most likely to be fired

    Sep 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    A couple days ago, I reacted to a piece about NHL coaches who might be in danger of being fired. Often times in these situations, I like to take the temperature of PHT readers. So I asked the audience whose job they thought might be in the most trouble. Here are the results. (click to…

  11. Jaroslav Halak's farewell autograph session raises $22K for Montreal charity

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Jaroslav Halak will never get a chance to produce an encore performance with the Montreal Canadiens after he impressively lead the team’s run to the Eastern Conference finals. You cannot blame some Habs fans for getting a little attached to the goalie who seemed impregnable through two rounds of the playoffs against the Penguins and…

  12. Quebec City police search for Gervais Munger, missing co-owner of a QMJHL team

    Sep 5, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    There’s some scary news out of Quebec City this weekend, as police search for Gervais Munger, co-owner of Quebec Major Hockey League team the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Here is more about the troubling situation from the Toronto Sun. The search for the popular owner of a Quebec junior hockey team who went missing in a boating…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 4th

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:50 PM 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. Ilya…

  14. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Shots on Goal leaders

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entries:…

  15. Ty Conklin, B.J. Crombeen ride a tandem bicycle in the name of charity

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    I really can’t get enough stories about athletes becoming actively involved in community service. Any player can throw some money at a problem to give off the appearance that they care, but it’s another thing when they sacrifice that cash and their time. When you throw in hockey players riding a tandem bike with a…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Marek Svatos?

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    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 Today’s entry: Marek Svatos…

  17. Report: Atlanta Thrashers to sign Fredrik Modin to one-year deal

    Sep 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Ah, Google translator … it’s not just for desperate, sweat-on-the-brow English-to-Spanish translations to complete essays for college classes anymore!* * – Uh, not that the author of this piece ever resorted to such childish measures to pass mandatory language classes or anything. (Cough) While Pension Plan Puppets power-bombed the Toronto Sun for (allegedly) stealing an…

  18. Now that Kovalchuk is a Devil, who might be on their way out of New Jersey?

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    It took two months and two days – and it felt like two years – but Ilya Kovalchuk finally got his way. The Russian winger saw the nine figures he wanted, receiving a 15-year, $100 million contract that will cost the New Jersey Devils a satanic annual salary cap hit of $6.66* million. * –…

  19. Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach hopes to benefit from Chicago's salary cap exodus

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The reports of the Chicago Blackhawks’ demise as a Stanley Cup contender are greatly exaggerated. Sure, they lost some valuable pieces. Dustin Byfuglien was a jumbo-sized headache for goalies like Roberto Luongo and Evgeni Nabokov. Kris Versteeg could provide the occasional jolt of goal scoring energy while Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd were quality character…

  20. Andreas Lilja admits he made a mistake when he turned down Detroit's $1M offer

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Self-awareness isn’t a particularly common trait in society, but it’s even less prevalent in the world of professional sports. After all, these are grown men playing a child’s game for a ridiculous amount of money and they are paid that handsome sum to believe in their abilities to the fullest. Perhaps it is a savvy…

  21. Report: CBA will be amended to curb contract loopholes but Kovalchuk's deal will be grandfathered in

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Just as soon as we were getting comfortable with the idea of yet another extended deadline … the NHL and NHLPA are reportedly in the process of making two huge steps. First, word is that the contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk will be approved. Secondly, the two sides will amend the…

  22. Can Sidney Crosby hit the 50-goal mark again next season?

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    During his first four seasons, Sidney Crosby was transparently pass-first. That’s not a bad thing in many ways since setting up teammates is a naturally selfless act and Crosby is one of the NHL’s most gifted playmakers. Still, when you consider how much the Pittsburgh Penguins depend on his production, opposing teams might have benefited…

  23. Tampa Bay hires former NHL forward Steve Thomas as player development consultant

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Tampa Bay Lightning added another piece to their new front office puzzle today as the team signed former forward Steve Thomas as a player development consultant, TSN reports. Thomas will monitor and oversee all of the Lightnings prospects. Thomas played 1235 games in the NHL, scoring 421 goals over 20 seasons. He played for…

  24. Which coaches are in the greatest danger of being fired?

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Being a head coach in professional sports is often a risky proposition but the NHL is a particularly cruel place for a bench boss. Aside from outright anomalies in Buffalo (Lindy Ruff) and Nashville (Barry Trotz), hockey coaches experience about as much job security as college football coaches show loyalty. ESPN’s Scott Burnside released his…

  25. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Penguins sign Mike Comrie (Mr. Hillary Duff) to one-year, 500K deal

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    After all these years, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally added some real star power. I mean, sure, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could occasionally light up a scoreboard and Marc-Andre Fleury provides the occasional highlight reel save. But when, exactly, were those guys going to pop up in US Weekly? Expect a few more tabloids to…

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