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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup rings

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It’s almost time to start the 2010-11 season, but the Chicago Blackhawks continued the celebration of this summer’s Cup victory by displaying their new championship rings last night. Team owner Rocky Wirtz shared two photos of the team’s opulent (I’m sure you want me to throw the word “bling” in there, you scamps) Cup rings.…

  6. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, September 29th

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:10 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. Brian…

  7. Preseason quick recaps: September 29th

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

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    While the hockey world wasn’t treated to a Panthers-Hurricanes game thanks to a tropical storm, there were eight other games that only mattered a little bit tonight. Let’s take a look at them. Nashville 4, Atlanta 3 Plus: It was a great night for the two teams’ power plays, as all but one connected for…

  8. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Dallas Stars

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    Last season: (37-31-14, 88 points, 5th in Pacific Division,12th in Western Conference) Things have not been good for the Dallas Stars since they made a nice run to the Western Conference finals during the 2007-08 season. The team’s defense floundered so much without Sergei Zubov and coach Dave Tippett that it was hard to get…

  9. Believe it or not, Alex Kovalev fought Francois Beauchemin tonight

    Sep 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    If the Evgeni Malkin-Rick Nash fight taught us anything, it’s that any hockey player can get in a fight. Seriously. Need proof? Alex freaking Kovalev got in a fight tonight, perhaps because he called his opponent “Frenchy.” Check out this clip of the mercurial Russian pushing aside an official so he can engage in a…

  10. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Anaheim Ducks

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Last season: (39-32-12, 89 points, 4th in Pacific Division,11th in Western Conference) Ignore the fact that the Ducks would have been the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference because it ultimately doesn’t matter. The bottom line is that Anaheim keeps sliding since it won the Stanley Cup in 2007, going from a failing contender to a…

  11. Tonight's Canucks-Sharks game may decide Brendan Morrison's future with Vancouver

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    While it’s natural to yawn (or even roll your eyes) at the mostly trivial proceedings that take place during preseason games, there is still some human drama that plays out. That drama is mainly focused on the handful of athletes who are fighting to preserve or begin their professional careers. Brendan Morrison is fighting to…

  12. New Connecticut Whale logo designed to reap rewards of Hartford Whalers nostalgia

    Sep 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Nostalgia is a funny thing in the field of sports and entertainment. You have to toe the line between playing on people’s fond memories and beating a dead horse of memories. At some point during the 2010-11 AHL season, the Hartford Wolf Pack will become the Connecticut Whale. Bob Connors of NBC Connecticut reports that…

  13. Bryce Salvador undergoes testing for 'ear situation'; Status currently unclear

    Sep 29, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

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    As Joe briefly mentioned in last night’s recaps, New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador left last night’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers because of a James van Riemsdyk hit. The Bergen Record’s Fire & Ice blog has been all over the situation, even if information regarding the situation has been quite slim. Initially the…

  14. Eric Tangradi knows how to stick with the Penguins: make life miserable for goalies

    Sep 29, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Back in the Mario Lemieux Era, the Pittsburgh Penguins were at their greatest when they sported an incredibly deep lineup that included Kevin Stevens, a power forward who enjoyed his best years skating alongside Super Mario. While the “current” edition of the team already won one Cup with a twilight-years power forward (Bill Guerin) and…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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”…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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