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  1. Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette makes his (triumphant?) return to Twitter, discusses homeless people and hoarding

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

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    It’s been a pretty busy week or so for enforcers and Twitter. Eight days ago, Cam Janssen and Krys Barch made waves when they essentially made a date for a fight via the 140-character-based social network. Fans of silly Twitter updates made by guys who give and receive knuckle sandwiches will be delighted to find…

  2. Report: Andrei Markov skates on his own for first time since Matt Cooke hit

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens had an incredible run to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but they had to make half of it without their go-to powerplay quarterback and best defenseman Andrei Markov. The Russian blueliner sustained an injury from a rugged, yet clean check from Pittsburgh Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. Here is video of that…

  3. Report: Antti Niemi allegedly on the verge of deciding his hockey future

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Two of the biggest lingering stories from this off-season regard the future of Ilya Kovalchuk (as we discussed earlier) and former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi. While there hasn’t been anything close to a confirmation – or concrete information, really – ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports that Niemi is on the verge of deciding which…

  4. NHL continues to review the second attempt at an Ilya Kovalchuk-Devils contract

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    There was a minor stir regarding what was ultimately deemed a false report regarding the NHL rejecting the second Ilya Kovalchuk-New Jersey Devils contract, so I thought it would be wise to pass along what basically amounts to a non-update (with a few nuggets that you might find semi-interesting). The biggest thing to keep in…

  5. League hires a former NFL executive to beef up programming, NHL Network to see overhaul

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Even the most cynical hockey fan should value the NHL Network to at least some extent, especially if you’re an American puckhead. For all its faults, the channel often covers the league’s big events (trade deadline coverage, later rounds of the NHL draft, the occasional live game during the regular season) and NHL on the…

  6. Danny Briere hopes to continue to make a heavy impact with a lighter frame

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    It’s unlikely that you will ever see him receive a bunch of Selke Trophy votes. Chances are, people will continue to look at the eight-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2007 as a mistake. Yet those qualms aside, I stand by the fact that Danny Briere’s outstanding…

  7. Trading card companies gather 23 possible Calder candidates for rookie showcase

    Aug 30, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    While the “need” for playing cards drops as the Internet becomes the primary resource for stats, there’s still something quaint and pleasant about flipping through an Upper Deck pack. (Especially when they have those amusing gimmick cards with tiny pieces of game-worn jerseys, or sticks … although they really need to get their hands on…

  8. Carolina reveals ticket prices for 2011 NHL All-Star Game

    Aug 30, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

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    While teams and players aren’t always thrilled with a two-week interruption to their season (not to mention the compressed schedule that comes with it), one of the Olympic Games bummers is missing out on an All-Star Game. To me, it’s not really about the game itself, either. The downers come with missing the ridiculous but…

  9. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 29th

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:50 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. Enjoy, hockey fans. Kirk…

  10. Tuukka Rask reflects on 09-10 season, tries to put playoff letdown behind him

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    When you consider how unproven he was going into the 2009-10 season, most people would probably look at Tuukka Rask’s rookie year as a resounding success. After all, he usurped Tim Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner as the Boston Bruins managed to grind their way into a playoff berth. Still, you also can’t blame…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers sign Sam Gagner to a two-year, $4.55M deal

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    Before the Edmonton Oilers pinned their hopes on the likes of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, they looked to players such as 2006 first round pick Sam Gagner. The team re-upped with Gagner today, signing him to a two-year, $4.55 million contract with a $2.275 million annual cap hit according to Nick Kypreos. Here is…

  12. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Faceoff winners

    Aug 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entry:…

  13. Poll results: Paul Kariya's career isn't quite Hall of Fame material

    Aug 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    When Paul Kariya’s agent announced that the winger will miss the 2010-11 season because of concussion problems, many people speculated that we might not see any more of Teemu Selanne’s former running mate. Being that he’s been bothered by injuries the last couple years and will turn 36 around October, it’s a pretty reasonable question…

  14. Is Sidney Crosby a dirty player?

    Aug 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Maybe it’s just because it is the summer time or perhaps his gold medal winning goal forced people to eat some crow, but the cottage industry on hating Sidney Crosby dried up a bit lately. For those of you who simply don’t have the same spring in your step unless the NHL’s golden child is…

  15. Thomas Junta finishes prison term for involuntary manslaughter

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Parents can spiral out of control when it comes to their kids. One of the most common situations where this happens is during sporting events, particularly in full-contact events that include some serious impact blows. Yet as heated as these situations can become, you never expect someone to die during the worst exchanges. That’s exactly…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Toronto signs Clarke MacArthur to one-year, $1.1M deal

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Though their logic was totally justifiable, it was still kind of stunning when the Atlanta Thrashers walked away from an arbitrator’s decision to award Clarke McArthur $2.4 million. Obviously, that decision was way out of line with his true market value and this summer showed that quite clearly. On the bright side, at least MacArthur…

  17. Evaluating the Edmonton Oilers' options after Khabibulin's guilty verdict

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    So far, I’ve shared the possible affects the guilty verdict could have on Nikolai Khabibulin and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini’s statement on the matter. Barring the unclear possibility of a league-mandated suspension, the last big piece of the puzzle is how this situation impacts Edmonton’s messy goalie situation. The first thing to note is that…

  18. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville throws a solid first pitch at White Sox game

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    The celebrity ceremonial first pitch is a lot like those occasional photo op faceoffs in hockey; it’s a chance to honor a local hero or big time big wig. There’s only one big difference: you can really embarrass yourself by wildly falling short of home plate or evading the catcher’s grasp. (Honestly, I’m the type…

  19. Oilers GM releases statement on Khabibulin verdict; Sentence will be announced August 31

    Aug 28, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    I’ll get down to the greater decisions the Edmonton Oilers will need to make (or could make) later today, but first I wanted to share their official statement on the Nikolai Khabibulin conundrum from yesterday. Here is what Oilers GM Steve Tambellini had to say at the Scottsdale, Arizona court room. Edmonton Oilers General Manager…

  20. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 27th

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:55 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. Enjoy, hockey fans. Where…

  21. Daymond Langkow cleared for 'light skating' as he struggles to recover from fractured vertebrate

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    Not to be too negative, but it’s almost surprising that scary slap shot-related injuries like the one that happened to Daymond Langkow are so rare. The tough, productive center is struggling to bounce back from a scary injury that occurred during the 2009-10 season, but the good news is that he’s been cleared for “light…

  22. NHL '11 video: Expanded trades, plus the ability to play with CHL teams

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    While their competition’s Nintendo Wii-exclusive (OK, OK, it’s on the iPhone too in some form) title “NHL 2K11″ title already shipped on Tuesday, EA Sports still is in the process of promoting the latest iteration in its flagship hockey franchise, “NHL 11.” We’ve discussed the game quite a bit already, but let’s take a look…

  23. Paul Kariya will not play next season; If his career is over, is he Hall of Fame worthy?

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    It’s been a night of bad news for veteran NHL hockey players, with Nikolai Khabibulin receiving a guilty verdict for extreme DUI charges and now, apparently, the future of Paul Kariya’s career in greater doubt. Kariya’s agent Don Baizley released this statement for his client. “Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season.…

  24. How the extreme DUI guilty decision may affect Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    In case you haven’t heard already, Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty of the following charges. Driving under the influence of alcohol (with a BAC level above .08 percent). An extreme DUI Excessive speeding Although the sentencing hearing hasn’t been determined just yet, it is certain that Khabibulin will face at least 30 days in prison…

  25. Nikolai Khabibulin found guilty on extreme DUI charges, will face at least 30 days in jail

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    While it’s not clear if this will result in Nikolai Khabibulin and the Edmonton Oilers’ worst nightmare, the news certainly isn’t good for the Russian goalie. Arizona Republic sports reporter Sarah McLellan reports that Khabibulin was found guilty of all three charges related to an “extreme DUI” trial that ended today. McLellan points out that…

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