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  1. Cristobal Huet's agent claims he would've renegotiated his contract to stay in NHL

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    As Joe discussed earlier today, Cristobal Huet will more or less be smuggled off the Chicago Blackhawks’ salary cap to a foreign league team. That last move will alleviate the team’s biggest remaining cap problems, all for the low-low price of $5.625 million. One interesting subplot is that Huet would have been willing to renegotiate…

  2. After struggling with problems last season, Niklas Kronwall's knee issues continue

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

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    While his hits often (in my opinion) straddle the line of charging, there’s really little doubt that Niklas Kronwall is an impact player. (He even has a very cool last name that some choose to turn into a verb, in a good way.) Beyond those game-changing body checks, Kronwall also brings a nice bit of…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 22nd

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:30 PM 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. Even when we have…

  4. Taking a look at the agenda for next week's World Hockey Summit

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    A ticket to the World Hockey Summit is a big expenditure even for the most well-off hockey fan at a resounding $450. Instead of selling a kidney or stiffing your roommate for rent, how about you follow along with us as we follow the stories of the event, which starts Monday? (For the record, neither…

  5. Cam Janssen challenges Krys Barch to a fight via Twitter

    Aug 22, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    People set up plenty of things with each other on the Internet. Sometimes, a timid couple will plan a first date through winky emoticons and instant messages. Maybe someone will find a job on Craig’s List. But rarely will you hear about people setting up a fight, especially two guys who aren’t hiding behind some…

  6. Hockey writers poke fun at possible rule changes from R&D camp

    Aug 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Whenever the NHL discusses making changes – particularly ones that are off the beaten path – they make life pretty simple and easy for satirists and bloggers. So it’s probably no surprise that while blogs such as our own did indeed pour over a ton of the details, some of the funniest hockey writers had…

  7. NHL emphasizes regulation/OT wins over shootouts in playoff tiebreaker rule change

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It’s such an obvious rule change that it is actually kind of stunning it wasn’t already in place already, but ESPN’s EJ Hradek confirms that the NHL will devalue shootouts – at least when it comes to playoff tiebreakers. NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to…

  8. Vincent Lecavalier will undergo minor knee surgery, shouldn't miss training camp

    Aug 21, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Even if the words are preceded by “minor,” it’s still disturbing to hear news of knee surgery for your $85 million captain. That is the case with Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier, who will undergo a minor off-season surgery on his knee on August 24. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent…

  9. Alex Ovechkin exposes corruption in Russian hockey during candid interview

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Believe it or not, interview translations aren’t useful solely for generating arguments about plagiarism. Take, for instance, Dmitry Chesnokov’s translation of a surprisingly candid Alex Ovechkin interview from While there is plenty of intriguing stuff about Ovechkin finding his shot (his father made him aim his shot at “a certain number of cans” before…

  10. Montreal Canadiens set to name Patrick Boivin as director of hockey operations

    Aug 21, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    After Julian Brisebois left his position as director of hockey operations to take an assistant GM job with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens needed to find a replacement. Team president and CEO Pierre Boivin didn’t go far to do just that; he just reached directly down the family tree. TSN has the story.…

  11. Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets claims Toronto Sun plagiarized their translations, again

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Yesterday, Joe touched on the escalating allegations of plagiarism between Maple Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets and newspaper The Toronto Sun. In case you aren’t up to speed on the subject, the blog put up a translated interview from a Czech source, only to notice that the Sun published a translation that seemed curiously similar.…

  12. How should the NHL handle the Olympics and/or World Cup?

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    It seems like the decision is in the very distant future; after all, a lot can happen between now and 2014 (you know, like a *shudder* lockout). Yet discussion about the pros and cons of the NHL resurrecting its World Cup format – maybe or maybe not to replace participation in the Olympic Games –…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 20th

    Aug 21, 2010, 12:30 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. Alex…

  14. Which teams (and players) are the best (and worst) at shootouts?

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    It’s more than a mild understatement to say that shootouts aren’t popular with hardcore hockey fans. That being said, I think that we often take our distaste for the “glorified skills competition” too far. At least in one area: analysis. Rarely do you hear a player touted for his penalty shot kills, unless it’s to…

  15. Well, at least Dustin Byfuglien fastened the Stanley Cup's seatbelt …

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    People throw around the word “unique” a lot these days, almost to the point that the description is losing its meaning. Yet, when it comes to NHL players, few qualify for that classification quite like Dustin Byfuglien. (After all, I haven’t tried valiantly to make his nickname “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” for nothing.) I already…

  16. Tempers flare between Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher as couple squabbles over living situation

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Celebrity weddings are always weird. It’s like two alien species coming together with little more than hormonal urges and shared oddness being their bond.* * One flippantly assumes. Yet, in the case of Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, it almost seems a little bit sad that they’re having some … logistical issues. Now, when you…

  17. The best minds in women's hockey will try to improve their status at World Hockey Summit

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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    While I didn’t get to see as many games as I would have liked, I came away with a few lasting impressions from watching women’s hockey during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The two biggest ones were: “Despite following (and revering) Jaromir Jagr during his Flowing Mullet Years, it’s still an odd sight to witness a…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Penguins add more sandpaper to forward group with Arron Asham

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins added a little bit more sandpaper to a forward group that – beyond Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin – is actually sneakily rugged by signing Arron Asham today. TSN reports that they nabbed the ex-Philadelphia Flyers depth player to a one-year, $700K contract. Asham joins a group of forwards who are versatile…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, August 19th

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:20 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. Dallas…

  20. Trade rumor: Caps may move Fleischmann to Edmonton for Souray or Vancouver for Bieksa

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    Most armchair GMs insist that the Washington Capitals need a defenseman. They say: “Sure, the team won the Presidents Trophy but what about that first round playoff loss? Clearly, the current roster isn’t the answer. They need more defense.” Now, it’s important that you note that this is a rumor which is why this is…

  21. 'The Golden Brett' will get the statue treatment as the Blues honor Hull

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    It seems pretty clear that the St. Louis Blues like to honor their past heroes with statues. (Either that, or John Davidson is a descendant of Jabba the Hutt.) Jeremy Rutherford of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team will make Brett Hull their third player to receive such an honor, joining Bernie Federko…

  22. Brendan Shanahan closes up R&D camp impressed with prospects, hockey minds

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    So the two-day NHL research and development camp wrapped up and – without actually being there – it seems like it was a wise idea for the league. For one thing, it seems like Gary Bettman is using at least some of the strategies he may have soaked in from being NBA commissioner David Stern’s…

  23. Vincent Lecavalier gets an arena re-named in his honor

    Aug 19, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Nirvana once said that they knew they “made it” when one of their songs was parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic. When it comes to sports athletes, the barometer might be: a) appearing on a show like Saturday Night Live or b) something being named after them. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier qualified for choice…

  24. Two subtle possible rule changes that could make goal reviews more accurate

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    There are plenty of subtle problems that irk fans, hockey writers and officials alike. Yet those problems aren’t so subtle when they amount to a crucial goal (or non-goal) being unclear despite having on-ice officials and many, many camera angles. In an attempt to make it easier for goal judges, referees and the Toronto War…

  25. R&D camp coaches Ken Hitchcock, Dave King share viewpoints on possible rule changes

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It seems like the NHL research and development camp has a lot going for it. Brendan Shanahan is receiving his first real on-the-job test as an NHL executive. Potential 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospects and referees alike are being used as guinea pigs for rules changes. But let’s not forget that the camp’s two “teams”…

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