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  1. Philadelphia Flyers release Bill Guerin

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    In perhaps the most surprising news regarding a veteran NHL player getting the boot, the Philadelphia Flyers decided to release Bill Guerin after giving him a pro tryout this preseason. CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio broke the news. Veteran Bill Guerin, who had been skating with the Flyers on a tryout, has been released by the…

  2. Anaheim Ducks name Ryan Getzlaf their new captain

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    In somewhat surprising news, the Anaheim Ducks announced late last night that 25 year old power forward Ryan Getzlaf will be the team’s eight captain. Here are some tidbits from the team’s press release. The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Ryan Getzlaf team captain. Saku Koivu and…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, October 3rd

    Oct 4, 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. Did…

  4. Preseason quick recaps: October 3rd

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

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    We already covered the two early games today, but let’s glance at the four remaining games in smarmy plus/minus form. Buffalo 9, Philadelphia 3 Plus: The Sabres scored nine goals and eight of them came in a row after Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead. Drew Stafford put up one goal and three assists, Derek Roy…

  5. Fantasy hockey with a twist: Building the worst team possible in a 'losers league'

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    Normally when you go into a fantasy hockey draft, you hope to simply put the best fake team together possible. Whether it’s getting the best goalies, forwards, defensemen or guys who can fill the widest variety of stat categories. But in at least one fantasy hockey league, the object is to put together the most…

  6. Dainius Zubrus or Colin White might end up being NJ Devils salary cap casualties

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    While the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks faced some serious salary cap hurdles this summer, they’re both in fine shape now. Even the Boston Bruins seem like they might be OK thanks to Marc Savard’s concussion problems. The one team that faces the biggest challenge is the New Jersey Devils. Rich Chere discussed the…

  7. Early preseason recaps – October 3rd

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Today presents the last “full” day of preseason games and a couple of those contests started a little earlier than usual. Here are two quick recaps of the first matches. Nashville 3, Washington 0 Plus: Pekka Rinne earned a 22-save shutout. Joel Ward scored two goals while Cal O’Reilly put together one goal and one…

  8. Mike Comrie faces lawsuit over missed car payments

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Mike Comrie isn’t one of the NHL’s highest paid players by any means, but chances are he rubs shoulders with some big spenders in his role as Mr. Hillary Duff. That lifestyle might be catching up to Comrie a bit, though, as the Ottawa Sun reports that he’s being sued regarding missed car payments. The…

  9. Report: Kyle Wellwood signs with KHL team Atlant Moscow Oblast

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    On Saturday we passed along word that the Phoenix Coyotes decided to let Kyle Wellwood walk from his pro tryout. We also pleaded with people to hold their fat jokes until he signed with a hockey team, whether that team is in Europe or the NHL. Well, it looks like we can break out those…

  10. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Florida Panthers

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Last season: (32-37-13, 77 points, 5th in Southeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference) The Panthers seem like they’re in a perpetual holding pattern. It was only fitting that the team was bad enough to earn the third pick in the draft, which fell just short of earning them a potential star such as Taylor Hall…

  11. Tonight's preseason schedule – October 2nd

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at today’s remaining preseason games. The times labeled are in eastern time (ET). 6:00 pm Atlanta Thrashers at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 pm Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (LIVE on NHL Network) Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders The Islanders are participating…

  12. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Carolina Hurricanes

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Last season: (35-37-10, 80 points, 3rd in Southeast Division, 11th in Eastern Conference) It seems the Hurricanes alternate good seasons and bad seasons. One season they charge deep into the playoffs (or even win the Cup), the next they don’t even make the playoffs. In 2009-10, they had one of those bad seasons. Head coach: Paul Maurice…

  13. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Atlanta Thrashers

    Oct 2, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Last season: (35-34-13, 83 points, 2nd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference) Considering that the Thrashers got rid of Ilya Kovalchuk and Kari Lehtonen, it’s a solid testament to the team that they actually stayed in playoff contention until (just about) the very end. Still, it’s probably best that former GM Don Waddell, who…

  14. Washington Capitals unveil their retro-inspired Winter Classic uniforms

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As you can see from the image to the right (click it to enlarge), the Washington Capitals displayed the uniforms they’ll be wearing during the Winter Classic on New Year’s day. Here’s the scoop from the team’s press release. The Washington Capitals unveiled their uniform for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic today, a tribute…

  15. Chicago Blackhawks D Brian Campbell to miss 4-5 weeks with a knee sprain

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks announced that their expensive defenseman Brian Campbell will be out 4-5 weeks, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times. Quenneville said defenseman Brian Campbell will be out four to five weeks with a right knee sprain. Asked if it could have been worse, Quenneville said “if you get the ACL…

  16. Vancouver Canucks waive rugged defenseman Shane O'Brien

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Perhaps it was just a matter of time for Shane O’Brien, as he got on the team’s (and his coach’s) bad side for some of his off-the-ice conduct. The rugged-but-mistake-prone defenseman was placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks today, according to various sources including Bruce Garrioch. Before putting Shane O’Brien on waivers today, Vancouver…

  17. NHL.com begins streaming international exhibition games today

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    The NHL is responding to the hypothetical philosophical question of: “If an exhibition game/tree falls in Manheim, Germany/the middle of a forest, but no one sees/hears it … does it really happen?” by offering up a slate of those overseas exhibition games on NHL.com. The league provided a full schedule of those games, which will…

  18. Simon Gagne aims for a contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    There are a lot of reasons why I thought that – while he wasn’t technically a free agent – Simon Gagne was quietly the best forward value on the market this summer. When healthy, Gagne is a speedy winger with at least some defensive conscience who also brings a goal scoring ability to the table.…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, October 1st

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:45 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. Bobby…

  20. Preseason quick recaps: October 1st

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:00 AM EDT

    There were 10 games tonight, so no time for silly introductions. Carolina 2, Atlanta 1 (OT) Plus: Brandon Sutter scored both of Carolina’s goals. Both Cam Ward and Ondrej Pavelec put together very nice games. Minus: You have to wonder about the goal scoring depth of both teams next season. Games like these justify such…

  21. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

    Last season: (34-36-12, 80 points, 4th in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference) The Lightning have been a mess more or less since they won the Stanley Cup before the lockout. Almost universally bad personnel and front office decisions will do that to you. Really, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos were the only bright…

  22. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Washington Capitals

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Last season: (54-15-13, 121 points, 1st in Southeast Division, 1st in Eastern Conference) Capitals fans will cringe at this statement, but if one more season goes like the 2009-10 campaign did, those ‘San Jose Sharks East’ jokes will have a lot more validity. The team put together an astounding regular season, finishing nine points higher…

  23. Report: Minnesota Wild buy some backup goalie insurance by signing Jose Theodore

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    I cannot say that I’ve been his biggest supporter over the years, but it was still pretty surprising to see Jose Theodore go jobless for so long despite putting together a fairly impressive regular season with the Washington Capitals. It seemed like the former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner would be sitting on the sidelines…

  24. Marc Savard makes 'baby steps' in concussion recovery

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Anyone expecting Marc Savard to suit up for the Boston Bruins sometime soon (even during the month of October, I would guess) probably shouldn’t hold their breath, but GM Peter Chiarelli said that the talented-but-concussion-plagued center is making “baby steps” in the recovery process. Here’s Kevin Paul Dupont’s brief update on Savard’s tortoise-speed progress. “It’s…

  25. European relocation seems likely for Kyle Wellwood after Coyotes pass on his services

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Put your fat jokes aside (or save them for someone else, like Martin Brodeur maybe) because it sounds like it will be a while before Kyle Wellwood plays in the NHL again. The Associated Press reports that the Phoenix Coyotes released him after the pudgy play maker failed to impress them sufficiently during a pro…

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