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  1. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 29th

    Aug 29, 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. Kirk…

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

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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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…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers sign Sam Gagner to a two-year, $4.55M deal

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:50 PM EST

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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…

  4. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Faceoff winners

    Aug 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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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:…

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

    Aug 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

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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…

  6. Is Sidney Crosby a dirty player?

    Aug 28, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    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…

  7. Thomas Junta finishes prison term for involuntary manslaughter

    Aug 28, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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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…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Toronto signs Clarke MacArthur to one-year, $1.1M deal

    Aug 28, 2010, 2:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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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…

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

    Aug 28, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

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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…

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

    Aug 28, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

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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…

  12. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 27th

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:55 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. Where…

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

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 27, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:15 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Aug 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

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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…

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

    Aug 27, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    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…

  18. Gary Bettman thinks rule changes will make a big dent in concussion rates

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Buried in a rather standard “let’s make next year better than last, even though the 2009-10 season was really great” type statement from Gary Bettman is an interesting claim. As you may remember from approximately 3,000 posts* late last season, the NHL faced some serious problems with hits to the head and Bettman seems confident…

  19. Breaking down the NHL's leaked rough draft for standardizing blogger credentials

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    (Again, allow me to throw out that “this might only be interesting to a select few” disclaimer I made in the earlier post on this subject. You have been warned.) As hockey writers, we rarely see the kind of maverick journalistic moments that, say, a foreign correspondent or political reporter might experience. So any time…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Stars sign Nicklas Grossman to two-year, $3.25M extension

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

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    While the team still needs to figure out James Neal’s contract situation, the Dallas Stars solved their other big restricted free agent problem by signing Nicklas Grossman to a two-year, $3.25 million contract according to the team. He’ll be paid $1.5 million in 10-11 and $1.75 million in 11-12. Here is more from the Stars’…

  21. Hayley Wickenheiser will make 2014 Sochi Games her last Olympics

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    One of the biggest subjects of this week’s 2010 World Hockey Summit was the state of women’s hockey, which was actually the focus of today’s talks. As I discussed last weekend, Canadian national team captain Hayley Wickenheiser has been one of the leading voices discussing ways to improve the Olympic competitions from being a glorified…

  22. Despite two surgeries in a short period of time, Jordan Staal is still bothered by foot injury

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    While his brother Marc’s contract situation is more of a metaphorical pain in a metaphorical body part to the New York Rangers, Jordan Staal’s aches are a little more tangible for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had a second surgery on his foot in June after going under the knife during the playoffs, but the Pittsburgh…

  23. Patrice Brisebois copes with retirement by racing in NASCAR

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    Patrice Brisebois was once given the derisive nickname “Breeze by.” It seems that nickname has come full circle, as the 18-year NHL veteran found a new passion in life after retirement: race car driving. The Montreal Gazette captures his experiences as Brisebois transitions from racing Ferraris to the competitive world of NASCAR. “Give those guys…

  24. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly shoots down Donald Fehr-related 'armageddon' talk

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

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    While it’s hasty to say that Donald Fehr becoming the head of the NHL PA = lockout/doomsday, it didn’t stop people like me from making jokes about 2012 and storing water in bomb shelters. Despite what people on Twitter and Internet forums might have you believe, negativity over the hiring isn’t universal. NHL deputy commissioner…

  25. NHL teams look to restrict blogger access in certain locker room situations

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    This is an issue that might only be relevant to a small segment of readers out there (likely the ones who have their own blogs), but it’s been the talk of the Virtual Hockey Town this morning so I thought it would be prudent to pass along the story. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski discussed the…

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