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  1. NY Rangers report that a broken finger will keep captain Chris Drury out four weeks

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    The New York Rangers just announced that captain and highly paid center Chris Drury broke “a finger” during a Monday morning scrimmage and will miss a month. #NYR captain Chris Drury broke a finger in this morning’s scrimmage and will miss 4 weeks of action It’s nearly impossible to discuss anything about Drury without mentioning…

  2. Broken wrist will force Predators prospect Roman Josi to miss 4-6 weeks

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    While the games and practices might not “count” in the grand scheme of things, body checks and other in-game pains still register just as clearly as they do in regular season games. Quite a few players are suffering from mild-to-considerable injuries in training camp so far. The latest person to add to that list is…

  3. Could this season be the first time Patrick Kane hits the 100-point mark?

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

    Every sport seemingly has its benchmarks for the kind of season that marks a “true” star, even though those numbers can change thanks to eras (thanks to factors such as expansion, improved fitness, etc.). Some random numbers that jump out for sports athletes: a great homerun hitter will aim for 50 in a season, people…

  4. NHL's video emphasizes rule changes regarding hits to the head

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    About a week ago, we tried to translate the NHL’s listed rule book changes into plain English. Luckily, the league is being a bit more proactive as the 2010-11 season rapidly approaches, as you can see from this video that was sent to all 30 teams. (I guess someone in the league office is still…

  5. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, September 19th

    Sep 19, 2010, 11:50 PM EST

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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. Jason…

  6. Minor injuries pull Joey Hishon, Kyle Cumiskey out of practice at Avalanche training camp

    Sep 19, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    Training camp is an opportunity to meet new teammates, learn new systems and maybe shake off some rust. Sometimes, you might pull a groin muscle or suffer some other minor injury in that rust-shaking process. The Colorado Avalanche dealt with a couple minor injuries on Sunday, with an element of their present (defenseman Kyle Cumiskey)…

  7. Pondering possible line combos for next season's Atlanta Thrashers

    Sep 19, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

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    For hardcore hockey fans, drawing up various line combos is a delightful exercise of armchair coaching. The Atlanta Thrashers feature a boatload of new faces – many of whom played support roles with the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks – so that activity might be even more enjoyable for Thrashers writers, bloggers and fans. Still,…

  8. Rumor: Vancouver Canucks choose Henrik Sedin as new captain

    Sep 19, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    It’s amazing how much ink has been spilled regarding a captaincy that actually wasn’t, you know, “official.” Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo won’t be wearing that “C” on his mask as he relinquished the role for next season and there’s been plenty of speculation about who could be the new captain. Some wonder if it…

  9. Which goalie will win the battle to back up Pekka Rinne in Nashville?

    Sep 19, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

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    For the last few days, we’ve rattled off the NHL’s most interesting training battles, including the Nashville Predators’ Central Division. One interesting matchup going into Nashville’s camp is for the job of the club’s backup goalie. It almost seems like a tradition for the Predators’ No. 2 guy to usurp the top guy for one…

  10. Dismiss Alex Ovechkin at your own peril

    Sep 19, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Rather than looking at his outstanding stats in the playoffs (10 points in 7 games against Montreal; 40 in 28 in his career overall), many people take the same, lazy formula for judging Alex Ovechkin: “Ovechkin plays in the game + Capitals lose = Ovechkin let his team down.” Hockey is a team sport, through…

  11. Despite expiring contract, Patrice Bergeron hopes to remain in Boston after this season

    Sep 18, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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    A few seasons before it was reasonably common for an 18-year-old player to make an immediate jump to the NHL, Patrice Bergeron accomplished that task in the 2003-04 season, scoring 39 points in 71 games. It’s honestly hard to believe that the six-year veteran is only 25 years old, especially when you consider the bumpy,…

  12. Andrei Markov's knee problems keep him out of training camp; no time frame for return

    Sep 18, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    When healthy, Andrei Markov has been one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL. Unfortunately, injuries greatly hampered the Montreal Canadiens blueliner last season. He only played 45 games in 09-10 and then a Matt Cooke hit caused his current knee problems. The Montreal Gazette caught up with Markov, who still isn’t ready to…

  13. 'Leg' injury pulls Ottawa Senators D Filip Kuba out of training camp

    Sep 18, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    This already was a not-so-great summer for Ottawa Senators defenseman Filip Kuba. Though he’s never been much more than a decent powerplay quarterback, Kuba was useful (especially in fantasy leagues) because the Senators had few other options in that role since they lost Zdeno Chara and (don’t laugh) Wade Redden. Erik Karlsson was an impressive…

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

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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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…

  15. Training Camp Battles: Atlantic Division

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    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…

  16. Discussing's list of fantasy hockey 'sleepers'

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

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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…

  17. Buffalo Sabres confirm new road and third jersey designs

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    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”…

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

    Sep 18, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:40 PM EST

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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’…

  22. Pascal Leclaire hopes to rebound after two horrid seasons

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

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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…

  24. Training Camp Battles: Southeast Division

    Sep 17, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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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…

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

    Sep 17, 2010, 7:50 PM EST

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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…

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