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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. Ilya Kovalchuk didn't make a 'cutthroat' motion toward Sean Avery

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    One of the stranger stories that took place during last night’s surprisingly jam-packed night of interesting preseason action came during a heated exchange between Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils and Sean Avery of the New York Rangers. Some people – including Rangers GM Glen Sather – wondered if Kovalchuk made a “cutthroat” motion…

  16. Is it already time to panic about Carey Price?

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The most important thing to remember – even if it slightly defeats the point of this exercise – is that none of this really matters. After all, Carey Price’s actual numbers are just the same as every other goalie in the regular season: zeroes across the board. But that being said, there are two other…

  17. Inside the Evgeni Malkin-Rick Nash fight

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    (Image via Nicole Shuster, originally found at The Pensblog.) During the Calgary Flames magical playoff run that brought them within one win of a Stanley Cup, Jarome Iginla made a name for himself by scoring a ton of the team’s goals but also made waves by fighting just about anyone. It was a rare moment…

  18. Preseason quick recaps: September 25th's late games

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Last night, we covered the first 10 Saturday games here. There was quite the flurry of activity, with Evgeni Malkin fighting Rick Nash, Carey Price self-destructing (irrelevantly) again and so on. Did the remaining four later games bring some fireworks too? Let’s recap those games right now. Calgary 5, Tampa Bay 4 (SO) Plus: Ales…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 25th

    Sep 26, 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…

  20. Evgeni Malkin fights Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin scores, Carey Price allows 6 in tonight's 'early' games

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    There were a bunch of games tonight, quite a few of them starting late, so here’s a quick recap of the games that began before 9pm ET. We’ll cover the rest Sunday morning. Pittsburgh 3, Columbus 1 Plus: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin skated on the same line, which might not be a great idea…

  21. Sergei Samsonov has 'full sensation' in extremities, could be released from hospital tonight

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Considering that the only information provided regarding Sergei Samsonov’s injury tonight involved him being taken off the ice on a stretcher and sent to an Atlanta-area hospital after hitting the boards head-first, I naturally worried about extreme injuries. Could it be a concussion or, even worse, some form of a broken neck or even paralysis?…

  22. Sergei Samsonov leaves ice on stretcher, admitted to Atlanta hospital after fall into boards

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Though the extent of the injury is unclear at this time, Ben Wright and Chip Alexander report that Carolina Hurricanes forward Sergei Samsonov was injured early in the third period of tonight’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. Reports indicate that Samsonov was taken off the ice on a stretcher and Alexander followed up to say…

  23. Sunday's exhibition game might help Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson live his 'dream'

    Sep 25, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    For many fans – and I would guess, plenty of players whose jobs aren’t riding on these performances – the preseason can be a real yawn-fest. While those disinterested parties sleep through these games, at least one player considers Sunday’s Edmonton Oilers-Vancouver Canucks exhibition something of a dream come true. That’s because tomorrow’s contest could…

  24. KHL team Avangard Omsk signs former Avs winger Marek Svatos

    Sep 25, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this summer, we asked “what about Marek Svatos?,” wondering if an NHL team could use a one-dimensional forward who is pretty strong in that one dimension: goal scoring. GMs around the league must have responded with a collective shoulder shrug because the Slovakian winger signed with Avangard Omsk of the KHL according to TSN.…

  25. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Mike Mottau?

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

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    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell, Lee Stempniak, Maxim Afinogenov, Patrick O’Sullivan, Marek Svatos. Today’s entry:…

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