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  1. 2010-11 NHL season preview: New Jersey Devils

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Last season: (48-27-7, 103 points, 1st in Atlantic Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference) The New Jersey Devils won another Atlantic Division title while acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk before the trade deadline only to get pounded by the Flyers 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs. Despite winning three Stanley Cups in their history, the post-lockout Devils…

  2. Real-life storm cancels Wednesday's Hurricanes-Panthers preseason game

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    In a moment in which the jokes practically write themselves, the Florida Panthers canceled their exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a tropical storm. It was not named Hurricane Staal. Here is the statement via a press release from the NHL. The National Hockey League announced today that the pre-season game between the…

  3. Should the Edmonton Oilers keep Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi in the minors this season?

    Sep 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Tyler Dellow of the number-crunching Edmonton Oilers blog mc79 hockey made an interesting (and well-stated) argument for the team to send both Taylor Hall and Magnus Paajarvi down to the minors so they wouldn’t “burn” one of the years on their entry-level contracts. Here is a quick synopsis of his argument, although you should read…

  4. 2010-11 NHL season preview: New York Rangers

    Sep 28, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Last season: (38-33-11, 87 points, 4th in Atlantic Division, 9th in Eastern Conference) The Rangers fell a shootout win short of making the playoffs then watched as the Philadelphia Flyers made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. Ouch. The team depended a lot on young players, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist and…

  5. Islanders news: Kyle Okposo out indefinitely, team signs Mike Mottau

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    It’s been a rough week for the hard-luck New York Islanders. First, word broke that Mark Streit will miss six months because of a left shoulder injury. Now Katie Strang of New York Newsday reports that promising young power forward Kyle Okposo is experiencing his own shoulder problems, as he apparently will be “out indefinitely”…

  6. Steven Stamkos among 25 players who endured Gary Roberts' off-season training regimen

    Sep 28, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Professional athletes are always looking for an “edge.” In hockey, it could be adjusting the way you attack on the forecheck or the curve on your stick. Yet, with a lot of people in sports, one thing goes unnoticed: a player’s diet. (Braces for a round of Kyle Wellwood/Martin Brodeur jokes.) TSN’s James Duthie wrote…

  7. Florida Panthers unhappy with Travis Moen's 'cheap shot' punches on Erik Gudbranson

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Montreal Canadiens have plenty of historic rivals, particularly the much-hated Boston Bruins, but the Florida Panthers aren’t one of the teams who come to mind. Yet if the Vancouver Canucks-Chicago Blackhawks feud teaches us anything, it’s that modern tension trumps historic laundry battles when it comes to turmoil. With 122 penalty minutes handed out…

  8. Flyers injury updates: Michael Leighton to miss a month, Ian Laperriere out 'indefinitely'

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    There are two bits of very bad injury news for the Flyers today, although one might have a more obvious impact than the other. The first news passed along by GM Paul Holmgren is that top goalie Michael Leighton will be sidelined for a month because of his back injury. The second bit of negative…

  9. Move over Shaq; Alex Ovechkin plans to record a song with Eminem

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Move over Shaq, you have new competition in the potentially-regrettable field of famous athletes becoming recording artists. Russian news outlet Pravda passes along word that Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will record a song with moderately washed up* rap superstar Eminem. Alexander Ovechkin, a Russian professional ice hockey left winger and captain of the Washington…

  10. 2010-11 NHL season preview: New York Islanders

    Sep 28, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Last season: (34-37-11, 79 points, 5th in Atlantic Division,13th in Eastern Conference) The team was scrappy enough, but really there wasn’t much to write home about beyond an acceptable season for John Tavares. Head coach: Scott Gordon hasn’t had much to work with, but will three failed seasons go unpunished? I don’t know if he’s…

  11. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Philadelphia Flyers

    Sep 28, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Last season: (41-35-6, 88 points, 3rd in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference) You probably heard the story already if you’re a big hockey fan, but it’s still pretty amazing to think about it. The Flyers went from needing a failed Olli Jokinen shootout attempt on the last day of the season to eek into…

  12. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, September 27th

    Sep 28, 2010, 1:45 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. Season…

  13. Preseason quick recaps: September 27th

    Sep 28, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    Here is a rundown of another light night of preseason games. Toronto 5, Buffalo 4 Plus: Both teams had at least one player who scored two goals. Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin did it for the Maple Leafs while Nathan Gerbe did it for the Sabres. Each team scored a power-play goal, even though there…

  14. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Pittsburgh Penguins

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    Last season: (47-28-7, 101 points, 2nd in Atlantic Division, 4th in Eastern Conference) It’s a little bit much to expect an NHL team to make it to the Stanley Cup finals three seasons in a row, so the beauty of the Penguins’ 2009-10 campaign is in the eye of the beholder. Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre…

  15. Kari Lehtonen fights groin injury; should the Stars find some goalie insurance?

    Sep 27, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    If you were to choose a goalie for one game, you could do worse than Kari Lehtonen. I’m not saying that he’s a premier goalie in the league at this point in his career, but he’s a big, talented netminder who fills up a lot of the net and also comes with the pedigree of…

  16. Roster cuts for Monday, Sept. 27

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Roster cuts aren’t exactly the most interesting thing on the planet. After all, aside from teams burying salary cap hits in the minors (as was the case with Wade Redden and Cristobal Huet), most of these players have been mere blips on the hockey radar. Some are young players who aren’t quite ready for the…

  17. The Florida Panthers might be in rebuild mode, but Tomas Vokoun is focused on present

    Sep 27, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    Tomas Vokoun might not be a “hockey household name” but he warms many a hockey nerd’s heart even though he toils away in obscurity as a member of the Florida Panthers. He might not get many wins (a stat, like baseball’s runs, that bothers geeky bloggers and stat-crunchers quite a bit), but even Vokoun is…

  18. It's official: Chicago sends Cristobal Huet to the Swiss league

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    One of the worst-kept secrets in the NHL is finally out there in that open, as the Chicago Blackhawks officially moved expensive goalie Cristobal Huet off of their roster today, according to Chris Kuc. Meanwhile, veteran goaltender Cristobal Huet cleared waivers and has officially been loaned to Fribourg-Gotteron SA of the Swiss National League A.…

  19. Preseason Schedule for Monday, Sept. 27

    Sep 27, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    It’s a light night of preseason games again, with only three contests this Monday night. Let’s take a look at them really quick, beginning with the one match that will be televised on the U.S. version of the NHL Network. (Check out the full U.S. NHL Network TV schedule here.) Mon, 9/27 Buffalo Sabres Toronto…

  20. Why Vincent Lecavalier would win comeback player of the year award, if it existed

    Sep 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    My knowledge of trophies in other sports isn’t cumulative, but I’d still be willing to wager that the Lady Byng is the least respected award in sports that hasn’t been made up by a snarky blog or something of that nature. Obviously, having a trophy with the word “lady” on it doesn’t fly in the…

  21. Mathieu Dandenault officially retires from the NHL

    Sep 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    I must admit, I thought he already retired, but rugged defenseman/winger Mathieu Dandendault officially announced his retirement from the NHL today. Here’s a press release from the NHL Players Association. Mathieu Dandenault, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League today. “It…

  22. Mark Streit will miss six months with shoulder injury

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Brutal news for the New York Islanders today: defenseman Mark Streit will miss six months because of a shoulder injury he suffered during a team scrimmage yesterday, according to New York Newsday’s Katie Strang. According to multiple sources, Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is out six months with an injured left shoulder and will likely require…

  23. Poll shows that Canadians want their teams to fill 'quota' of Canadian-born players

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    When you look at the wide variety of nations that produce hockey talent, it’s quite possible that NHL is truly the most “worldwide” of sports leagues. We could debate that point, but there should be little doubt that the mixture of European and North American players benefits the game as a whole on a profound…

  24. Preseason Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 26

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Today’s preseason schedule cannot compare to the mammoth 14-game slate we saw on Saturday. That doesn’t mean it won’t be any less worthy of your attention (if you’re into that whole preseason thing). Let’s take a look at Sunday’s schedule of games, beginning with the contests that will be shown on the U.S. NHL Network.…

  25. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admits team might put Marc Savard on long term injured reserve

    Sep 26, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    For much of the off-season, it seemed like the Boston Bruins would pull a “Wade Redden/Cristobal Huet” and sneak Michael Ryder’s approximate $4 million cap hit under the radar. Yet with Marc Savard’s issues with post-concussion syndrome becoming very public, it seems like the cap “solution” might be to put the talented-but-injury-ravaged pivot on the…

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