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James O’Brien

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Sheldon Souray clears waivers, so what's next?

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    To the surprise of just about no one, expensive and wayward “Edmonton Oilers” defenseman Sheldon Souray cleared waivers, according to the Ottawa Sun and various other sources. Now that this formality is out of the way, we move to the $5.4 million question: what’s next? Here are a few of those most realistic possibilities for…

  16. Should the Florida Panthers send Erik Gudbranson to the minors or keep him in NHL?

    Oct 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    When it comes to high-profile draft picks such as Taylor Hall, deciding whether or not to send him to the minors is more complex than choosing between development and preserving entry-level contract years vs. immediate team needs. When it comes to someone like the Florida Panthers’ No. 3 pick Erik Gudbranson, it might be a…

  17. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 30th

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at tonight’s four preseason games. (All in Eastern Time.) 7:30 pm Buffalo Sabres @ Montreal Canadiens (Live on NHL Network) 8:00 pm Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues Columbus Blue Jackets @ Minnesota Wild (Tape Delayed on NHL Network at 11:00 pm) 8:30 pm Colorado Avalanche @ Dallas Stars

  18. Wade Redden is saying all the right things about his AHL demotion, Hartford assignment

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    We all know that Wade Redden’s contract is one of the biggest albatrosses in a long stream of bad contracts handed out by New York Rangers Glen Sather. As you may know, the team shipped him to the Hartford Wolf Pack (who will soon become the Connecticut Whale, actually) to clear up his enormous $6.5…

  19. Jordan Staal might be out 'well into' the 2010-11 season

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    When it comes to the injury Jordan Staal suffered in last year’s playoffs, it’s been a slow trickle of bad news for the two-way center and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He probably came back a little too soon after P.K. Subban’s skate cut a tendon in one of his feet, getting surgery and hastily returning during…

  20. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Los Angeles Kings

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Last season: (46-27-9, 101 points, 3rd in Pacific Division, 6th in Western Conference) Last season was a big step forward for the Kings. They went from one of the worst teams in the West to the sixth seed. Drew Doughty burst onto the scene and became a Norris Trophy candidate while Jonathan Quick managed a…

  21. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Phoenix Coyotes

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Last season: (50-25-7, 107 points, 2nd in Pacific Division, 4th in Western Conference) Only the most optimistic, pie-in-the-sky Coyotes fans expected the team to be so successful last season. Amid ownership squabbles and the hasty addition of new coach Dave Tippett, the Coyotes nearly took the Pacific Division before pushing the Detroit Red Wings to…

  22. Report: Edmonton Oilers waive Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    A wide variety of sources (including NHL.com) claim that the Edmonton Oilers placed Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber on waivers today. Waiving Souray was more or less a formality after the team didn’t even invite him to training camp. With his $5.4 million annual salary cap hit and history of injury problems, it’s unlikely any…

  23. Can Ville Leino follow up a great playoff run with a productive season?

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers went from a solid team to a dangerously deep group in large part because injuries thrust lower line players (and even guys who were often healthy scratches) into bigger roles during the playoffs. Danny Briere ended up being the leader in playoff points even though many in the hockey world gave up…

  24. Nicklas Lidstrom tops list of top 10 penalty killing defensemen

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Many people find Norris Trophy voting to be a flawed process because it overvalues offense (since assists and points in general are the easiest stats to track) while overlooking the most important job of any defenseman, namely protecting their goalie and playing their best in their own end. Let’s not throw hockey writers under the…

  25. 2010-11 NHL season preview: San Jose Sharks

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Last season: (51-20-11, 113 points, 1st in Pacific Division,1st in Western Conference) The Sharks had another fantastic regular season. After fighting off the pesky Avalanche and the tired Red Wings in the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks swept them away in the Western finals. It’s always embarrassing to lose a series 4-0, but the games against…

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