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  1. Vancouver Canucks go down memory lane, hand Brendan Morrison a tryout

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    While the group is a faded memory for many, chances are that the principle characters of the Marc Crawford era Vancouver Canucks – Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrision and the coach himself – must look back at that time with a wistful eye. Once things fell apart and they disbanded, each person bounced around…

  2. Former hockey player discusses steroid use in the sport

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a big baseball fan – or perhaps it’s because I’ve been lightly brainwashed by the fascinating documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” – but at some point, the steroid issue started making my eyes glaze over in most sports. Looking at the size of some baseball, basketball or football players, I…

  3. Chicago Blackhawks primed to sign coach Joel Quenneville to three-year extension

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’ve long been a proponent (but also a naysayer) when it comes to the psychological impact of a contract year on an athlete, but let’s not forget that coaches and general managers aren’t immune to that either. When it comes to bargaining power, you cannot get much better than winning a Stanley Cup. Joel Quenneville…

  4. SJ Sharks give Andreas Lilja a chance to make team via training camp tryout

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    His decision to pass on a $1 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t Vesa Toskala-passing-on-any-NHL-deal bad, but let’s not doubt that Andreas Lilja was kicking himself this summer. He might be able to make lemonade out of free agency lemons, though, as reports indicate that the defense-poor San Jose Sharks will give Lilja…

  5. Sami Salo to miss 'at least' five months, LTIR might solve Vancouver's salary cap woes

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    With the Vancouver Canucks adding a substantial amount of cash to their already jam-packed blueline in the form of Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis this off-season, the question seemed to be: who needs to go? That problem might solve itself thanks to a very … mysterious off-season injury. The Canucks are about $3.15 million above…

  6. Canadiens D Roman Hamrlik to miss 2-3 weeks, likely all of training camp

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens face quite the challenge this season after overachieving their way to the Eastern Conference finals in the playoffs. To at least approach that level of success, they must put goalie Carey Price in the best possible position to succeed. For that to happen, the Habs will need their defense to play at…

  7. Two sad Penguins news bits: Jordan Staal to miss start of season, Igloo will be demolished

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Penguins received a double-shot of sad news this morning, with their past, present and future taking a bit of a blow. Most importantly, comes the present and future: the team already announced that defensive center Jordan Staal would miss all of training camp, but now the Penguins are saying that he will not…

  8. Training Camp Battles: Northeast Division

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    With training camps starting late this week or early next, we at Pro Hockey Talk couldn’t help but wonder: what are the biggest position battles going in? To give you the most specific answers possible, we asked team bloggers to give their take. After all, these men and women follow their teams almost as much…

  9. How Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi fared in their 'Oilers debut'

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The San Jose Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Wednesday night’s game in the Young Stars tournament, but just about anyone will tell you that wasn’t the real story. Nope, it was all about the “debut” of the Oilers three big prospects: No. 1 overall pick Taylor Hall, clever forward Jordan Eberle and Magnus…

  10. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, September 15th

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 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. Eric…

  11. Gary Bettman says the NHL won't get involved in Quebec arena politics

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    Funding expensive arenas like the new $400 billion building the Edmonton Oilers want to construct almost naturally brings about some politicking. Big wigs in the Quebec area are trying to drum enough federal and local support to build a new arena in part to bring the NHL back to the region after losing their beloved…

  12. Tyler Seguin tallies two assists, Nino Niederreiter gets in first fight during Bruins-Islanders rookie game

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    While the Traverse City Prospects Tournament wrapped up tonight, there were other rookie competitions of note. We’ll cover the big three Edmonton prospects’ debut in the Young Stars Tournament tomorrow, but the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders also had a rookie game that caused quite a stir. captures the scene that included much…

  13. Traverse City Prospects Tournament results: Minnesota beats Detroit 3-1 for title

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

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    (Note: We’ll have results of the night’s other prospects game – Edmonton vs. San Jose in the Young Stars Tournament – tomorrow morning.) The Traverse City Prospects Tournament concluded tonight, with four games deciding the team’s final standings in the exhibition of young talent. Here are the results, beginning with the “gold medal” game all…

  14. Oilers receive more criticism for barring Sheldon Souray from training camp

    Sep 15, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Perhaps the most surprising news of this week came when the Edmonton Oilers announced that wayward defenseman Sheldon Souray would not attend training camp. Apparently we’re not alone in wondering how, exactly, such a move will make it easier to trade the useful but injury-ravaged blueliner. The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson feels the same way,…

  15. Does Eric Belanger have a 'leg to stand on' in pursuing legal actions against the Capitals?

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    When word broke that Eric Belanger signed with the Phoenix Coyotes yesterday, I have to admit that I was stunned that his deal with the Washington Capitals didn’t work out. As we’ve learned today, Belanger was stunned too, as his agent Joe Tacopina lashed out at Capitals management including general manager George McPhee (seen in…

  16. Experts say race for No. 1 spot in 2011 NHL Entry Draft is wide open

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Variety might be the spice of life, but for sports writers, it’s often a lot more appealing to set one irresistible force versus an immovable object. Sure, the NBA must be delighted by the fact that Kevin Durant is emerging as a big star, but do they want him to muddle the Kobe vs. Lebron…

  17. Introducing … MC Malkin?

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (or maybe a few hundred dropped jaws). Check out Evgeni Malkin’s … “throwback” hair style from the Pittsburgh Penguins media day. (click to enlarge, image via the Penguins’ official Twitter site.) And just for good measure, here’s Malkin strutting his stuff in what…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Phoenix Coyotes sign Eric Belanger to one-year, $750K deal

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Last I checked, it seemed as if Eric Belanger was primed to return to the Washington Capitals, which was a logical choice since the team is a bit light on suitable centers. Those rumors have now been proven false, though, as sources including Renaud Lavoie indicate that Belanger signed a one-year, $750K deal with the…

  19. Michael Ryder hopes to rebound from a tough 09-10 season, keep his spot with the Bruins

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Much like Sheldon Souray in Edmonton and Brian Rolston in New Jersey, Michael Ryder must be sweating out his status a bit when it comes to his place with the Boston Bruins. The snake-bitten forward discussed his hopes of having a bounce-back season after declining from 27 goals in 08-09 to 18 in 09-10. Here’s…

  20. Move over Super Bowl Shuffle, Blackhawks fans present the Chelsea Dagger dance

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    The Boston Red Sox adopted “Sweet Caroline.” Many years ago, the World Series winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates decided to embrace “We are family.” Throughout sports history, many teams associated eras with a specific theme song. Whether you’re a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks or one of the teams they stomped on their way to a…

  21. Should the Montreal Canadiens choose their next captain by a player vote?

    Sep 14, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Puck-based change (and all the naive optimism that comes with it) is in the air as training camp arrives this week for most NHL teams. Some will tell you that one of the biggest choices that many franchises face involves placing a “C” on the jersey of a deserving captain. While the journey to find…

  22. Zach Parise would like to sign a contract extension sooner rather than later

    Sep 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Throwing out entry-level contracts with league-mandated maximums, I’ve long felt that Zach Parise’s deal might be the biggest bargain in all of the NHL. Parise’s put up near-elite numbers for a tidy cap hit of $3.125 million per year, one of those fortuitous steals that forces me to admit that Lou Lamoriello still might “have…

  23. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks agree to five-year, $25.5M deal

    Sep 14, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    About a week ago, it appeared that the Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan just about signed a new contract. Staying consistent with the Ilya Kovalchuk Groundhog Day spirit of this free agent summer, it took all this time for the actual deal to be finalized. Various sources including Ducks beat reporter Eric Stephens report that…

  24. Sheldon Souray reacts to training camp snub, how will this affect his trade value?

    Sep 14, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    In case you didn’t hear last night’s startling news, the Edmonton Oilers told expensive defenseman turned highly publicized trade bait Sheldon Souray to stay away from their training camp this summer. The decision was surprising to just about anyone outside of the Oilers organization, including Souray. Here is what the beleaguered blueliner told the Edmonton…

  25. Rookie tournaments recap: Flames pound Ducks, Canucks beat Sharks

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    With the Traverse City and London, Ontario tournaments taking the night off, there were just two rookie camp games on Monday. Let’s take a look at the results, for those of you who are dying for some hockey. Calgary Flames 8, Anaheim Ducks 4 Kristi Hennessy nails it with this post-game analysis for the Calgary…

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