Skip to content

James O’Brien

  1. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Panthers sign Andrew Peters to one-year, two-way deal

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    I’ve brought new Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley’s fixation on muscle and toughness up a few times already, but fellow former Chicago Blackhawks front office member Dale Tallon likes adding bruisers as well. The new Florida Panthers GM signed tough forward Andrew Peters to a one-year, two-way deal according to George Richards. At 6’4″, 240…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Thrashers sign frequent hitter Freddy Meyer to a two-way contract

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    The Atlanta Thrashers signed defenseman Freddy Meyer to a one-year, two-way deal that will pay him $500K if he remains in the NHL and $105K if he stays in the minors, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here is a little bit of background information on the small-but-feisty defenseman via Ben Wright of…

  3. Stars beat writer cannot confirm or deny rumors of Dallas Stars sale

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    We discussed a Forbes report of the Dallas Stars possibly being sold for $275-$300 million yesterday, but Dallas Stars beat writer Mike Heika was unable to confirm – or deny – these rumors. I got a hold of four people who could have information on the sale today, and none of them offered anything in…

  4. Edmonton Oilers fans might be going overboard with Taylor Hall expectations

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    In the pre-lockout years, players such as Ilya Kovalchuk and Joe Thornton took a little while to hit their point producing primes. Yet since the lockout forced NHL bigwigs to let the speedy and skilled loose, the learning curve for young players almost seems more like a straight line. The near-to-immediate success of the Sidney…

  5. What should (or could?) be done about messy no-trade clauses?

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    When someone is about to sign a contract, there’s often that thought: you better check the fine print. Sure, it’s easy to follow dollars and cents, whether it’s a players salary vs. their cap hit. But what about some of the more nuanced elements of a contract? A lot of times deals get complicated when…

  6. The Willie Mitchell Market keeps heating up; Defenseman visits Capitals' Iceplex

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    While Dan Hamhuis, Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin got the big bucks this summer, the tide-changing unrestricted free agent defenseman is still – in my opinion – Willie Mitchell. Before you assume I’m going to call NHL GMs nuts for passing him up, there’s a perfectly simple explanation why he’s still on the market: concussion…

  7. NHL research and development camp isn't just testing new rules, but also Brendan Shanahan himself

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The NHL research and development camp is something of a hockey laboratory. During the event, experiments will be run to test new rules as well as up-and-coming prospects. And, as it turns out, the mad scientist pulling the strings and hitting the switches happens to be probable Hall of Fame power forward Brendan Shanahan. To…

  8. Poll results: PHT readers want to get rid of the trapezoid but allow icing on PKs

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    One of the more interesting articles we discussed Monday tackled the goalie trapezoid rule and icing on penalties. I thought it might be intriguing to test the latter idea, but I think that the strong consensus against the idea might sway my opinion just a touch. Before I go any further with analysis, let’s take…

  9. Columbus made offers for Tomas Kaberle but fell short of Burke's mark

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    The Columbus Blue Jackets bowed out a little early from the Tomas Kaberle sweepstakes that never actually took place Sunday night, but the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports that the team did at least kick the tires on a trade. The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas…

  10. Former Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur is acquitted of perjury charges

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    It’s always unpleasant to see an all-time great’s name dragged through the mud – especially when it is a family member doing the dragging – but at least there’s some good news for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur. CBC News reports that Lafleur has been acquitted of charges made in relation to testimony he gave…

  11. Now that Mike Modano is gone, who will be the face of the Dallas Stars?

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    With Mike Modano and Marty Turco gone, the Dallas Stars decided to market the team (actually the TEAM) rather than an individual player. Still, Defending Big D tried to guesstimate who might be the new “face” of the franchise. Ultimately, they couldn’t come up with an obvious choice. Let’s look at some of the highlights.…

  12. Patrick Kane enjoys another day with the Cup in Chicago by attending … a Jimmy Buffet concert?

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    After crashing a Jimmy Buffet concert of all things (I would have expected, I don’t know … MGMT? Phoenix? Maybe just a trip to last week’s Lollapalooza?), Patrick Kane described the experience of presenting the Stanley Cup to the “Margaritaville” master and his crowd with one text-messaged word: “Blast.” It’s funny, because that’s exactly how…

  13. Brian Burke and Tomas Kaberle may be relieved now, but rumors will return soon enough

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Last night, I emphasized the fact that the Tomas Kaberle saga is far from over. It seems that both Brian Burke and Kaberle’s agent Rick Curran threw the word “relief” around when describing the now-passed window in which the defenseman’s no-trade clause was lifted, but I would add “temporary” to relief in this case. Still,…

  14. NHL Network and NHL.com will provide coverage of the NHL's research and development camp

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    We’ve covered the considerable amount of talent on hand for the NHL’s research and development camp as well as what kind of rules changes will be tested, but there’s some great news from the league regarding coverage of the proceedings. Apparently, NHL.com and the NHL Network will carry some shows/interviews/other information on the events. Here…

  15. Minnesota Wild earn accolades for environmental improvements

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Earlier this month, I passed along a note that the Pittsburgh Penguins earned some serious kudos for the environmentally conscious construction of their fancy new home, the Consol Energy Center. Perhaps it makes just as much sense, though, that a team named The Wild is receiving awards for how “green” they are going, too. Here…

  16. Should the NHL get rid of the trapezoid and enforce icing on penalty killers?

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    While casual fans probably don’t really bat an eye at the league’s post-lockout “trapezoid rule,” it’s something that bothers purists for sure. For those of you who aren’t aware, before the lockout a goalie had much more freedom to play the puck (and therefore hamper an opposing team’s dump-and-chase game). In hopes of increasing scoring,…

  17. Tampa Bay Lightning name Al Murray their new director of amateur scouting

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Even with smaller moves that seem a bit difficult to contextualize (maybe you’re an expert on the NHL/hockey’s best scouts, but I’m not), it’s still interesting to follow every bread crumb left on Steve Yzerman’s trail to make the Tampa Bay Lightning a credible franchise. The latest front office move involved the Lightning adding a…

  18. As Southeast rivals make big changes, the Hurricanes are left twisting in the wind

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    One of the easiest questions for most hockey people – aside from the least objective Washington Capitals fans, perhaps – was “which division is the weakest in the NHL?” Any puckhead worth his or her salt would swiftly choose the Southeast Division as the league’s worst. The fact of the matter is that the SE…

  19. Dustin Byfuglien's emotional, tear-filled day with the Stanley Cup

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dustin Byfuglien was often an interesting combination of talents who never seemed to consistently equal the sum of all of his parts until he exploded onto the playoff scene this year. Once he heated up by making life miserable as a gigantic, goalie-eclipsing answer to Tomas Holmstrom, it was clear that Big Buff could handle…

  20. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 15th

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:10 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    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. Patrick…

  21. Tomas Kaberle will remain a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs … for now, at least

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    You cannot blame this all on Brian Burke. Instead of calling him the “Boy Who Cried Tomas Kaberle” it’s more appropriate to drop it in the lap of the the team itself (it seems like those rumors existed before Burkie right? Maybe? Do we even have memories or has it all concussed our brains?) or…

  22. Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection might hurt future contracts, like Zdeno Chara's

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    When it comes to discussing other players who might be affected by Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract rejection, most of the conversation revolves around players whose deals have already been signed like Roberto Luongo. The fact is, though, that it might have just as much of an impact on players getting ready to sign new deals. Fluto…

  23. Tomas Kaberle update: Columbus Blue Jackets bow out of sweepstakes

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke hasn’t pulled the trigger on a Tomas Kaberle trade yet, but there is news/non-news that has come through recently. The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports that the Blue Jackets are out of the Kaberle sweepstakes. It appears unlikely Tomas Kaberle is going to be a Blue Jacket — at least any…

  24. Looking back at the California Golden Seals and their wacky owner Charlie Finley

    Aug 15, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    In sports – just like many areas of life – history seems to repeat itself but trailblazers often stand out. Often times, it’s great ideas but every now and then it’s just off-the-wall stuff that stands out in our memories. It seems like the 60s and 70s were an especially wheels-off time in sports history,…

  25. Tomas Kaberle Watch is on until midnight ET; Brian Burke sounds pessimistic about a deal

    Aug 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    The Toronto Maple Leafs face a midnight eastern time deadline to deal silky smooth defenseman Tomas Kaberle before his no-trade clause kicks back in. This is a reminder that we’ll stick with this story until at least midnight, whether a deal is made or not. Joe’s been keeping you abreast of the news (most recently…

Featured video

Detroit must exploit Boston's young D
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. E. Malkin (4364)
  2. T. Oshie (3708)
  3. M. Duchene (3578)
  4. B. Bishop (3030)
  5. H. Zetterberg (2831)
  1. P. Bergeron (2765)
  2. D. Backes (2702)
  3. V. Tarasenko (2698)
  4. M. Brodeur (2512)
  5. O. Palat (2391)