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  1. Buffalo Sabres news: Marc-Andre Gragnani sprains knee, Mark Parrish gets a tryout

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Some minor Buffalo Sabres news this weekend, as one younger player went down with an injury while an old NHL face surfaced on a tryout basis. TSN reports that Marc-Andre Gragnani will miss four-six weeks thanks to a sprained knee that he suffered in a rookie scrimmage on Friday. Coach Lindy Ruff provided the update…

  2. Training Camp Battles: Atlantic Division

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:45 PM 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…

  3. Discussing NHL.com's list of fantasy hockey 'sleepers'

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    In the season premiere of the solid fantasy football focused comedy “The League,” one character’s adorable wife wants to be a part of the league very badly. Her husband fears her knowledge and eventually keeps her out, but her knowledge of “sleepers” is used against her spouse. A sleeper is, quite simply, a player who…

  4. Buffalo Sabres confirm new road and third jersey designs

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We actually discussed this possibility on September 8, but the Buffalo Sabres will officially sport new road jerseys as well as a new third jersey during the 2010-11 season. Here is a shot of the new road uniform, via the Sabres PR staff. (click to enlarge) That’s an awfully sharp, if not particularly surprising “new”…

  5. Ilya Kovalchuk plays at RW with Zach Parise, Travis Zajac during Devils' first practice

    Sep 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    When a team pays you $100 million, you learn to be flexible. Ilya Kovalchuk is doing just that, as rumors of the New Jersey Devils playing Zach Parise and Patrik Elias in their typical left wing spots might have some validity – at least so far – now that Kovalchuk is currently playing at right…

  6. Rick DiPietro is optimistic about being healthy in 2010-11

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    In some ways, Rick DiPietro is hockey’s answer to Jose Canseco (in the photo to the right). Like Canseco, DiPietro (and the New York Islanders) made a decision that was both very public and widely lampooned. Canseco elicited eye-rolls and mockery for blowing the whistle on steroid use in baseball, but now his book seems…

  7. Nikolai Khabibulin hopes to rebuild his career, life after ugly DUI incident

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    It’s been a rough summer for goalies, no doubt about it. Evgeni Nabokov had to take his steady stream of 35 to 40 win seasons to Russia to earn a big pay day. Marty Turco sweated out nearly all summer long until he settled for a shorter version (from $2 million per year for three…

  8. With immediate cap future settled, Blackhawks hope to extend Brent Seabrook's expiring deal

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

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    When people think of the Chicago Blackhawks defense, the first name that usually comes up is Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith. Don’t forget his hard-hitting partner in crime, though, because Brent Seabrook is a vital cog in a blueline that helped rookie goalie Antti Niemi win a Stanley Cup this summer. Most of the Blackhawks’…

  9. Pascal Leclaire hopes to rebound after two horrid seasons

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

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    While appearing on The Program Podcast Wednesday, I discussed the Northeast Division and made some (tentative) predictions. When the Ottawa Senators came up, we all agreed that one of the team’s biggest weaknesses will probably be in net. There’s nothing especially wrong with Brian Elliott, but let’s face it, he’s average at best on most…

  10. Blackhawks expected to officially ship Cristobal Huet's cap hit overseas in 'next few weeks'

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    He’s not the first player that a team stashed overseas to bury his cap hit by any means – Michael Nylander comes to mind as one who came well before him – but Cristobal Huet is becoming the new poster child for salary cap circumvention. Hockey fans, writers and bloggers alike can solve every cap…

  11. Training Camp Battles: Southeast Division

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. 'Potential buyer' bails City of Glendale out of paying $25M to NHL

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    The City of Glendale had its first “opportunity” to pay part of the $25 million it owes the NHL this week, but the Arizona Republic reports that someone else is footing the bill. While it hasn’t been confirmed that potential buyer Matt Hulsizer paid the money into escrow, chances seem pretty good that his group…

  13. Training Camp Battles: Central Division

    Sep 17, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. Training Camp Battles: Pacific Division

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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