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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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’…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Report: Pittsburgh Penguins fans should wave goodbye to Bill Guerin

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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    When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded peanuts for Bill Guerin during the ’09 trade deadline, I must admit that I barely batted an eye. After all, if Guerin couldn’t get it done with Joe Thornton passing to him in a previous trade deadline, why would he be productive with an even grayer beard? Instead, Guerin was…

  12. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Sources for Penalty Minutes (or 'PIM')

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    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. Today’s post:…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, August 25th

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:50 AM 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. Canucks…

  14. SJ Sharks GM Doug Wilson fires down Antti Niemi, Owen Nolan rumors

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

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    Now that the San Jose Sharks lost out to the Los Angeles Kings in the Willie Mitchell Sweepstakes, the rumors switch back to former captain Owen Nolan and Cup winning goalie Antti Niemi. Great Sharks beat writer David Pollak shot down both rumors in a post tonight. 2) Never say never, but do not expect…

  15. KHL president Alexander Medvedev appears confident in improving relationship with NHL

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    Most of the 2010 World Hockey Summit news we’ve been focusing on centers on confrontations. Whether it involves the IIHF president saying he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding into Europe or Brian Burke making a passionate explanation for why the NHL faces a tough choice with the 2014 Sochi Olympics,…

  16. Brian Burke explains why NHL has its doubts about going to 2014 Olympics during Summit

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

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    The World Hockey Summit might not be heavy in actual, tangible news but it has provided some puck-based emotional outbursts. Take, for instance, IIHF president’s stance that he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding in Europe, even though that idea is probably not on the horizon any time soon. When you’re…

  17. Report: Donald Fehr accepts offer to be head of NHL Players Association

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

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    While it hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it sounds like the rumors are finally true: former MLB players association head Donald Fehr reportedly accepted the post as the head of the NHLPA. Some might cue “Taps” for the 2012-13 season upon hearing the news. Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal broke this news. Former…

  18. A breakdown of the Versus 2010-11 NHL TV Schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    Earlier today, our own Joe Yerdon did a great job of breaking down the NBC schedule. You can bet that we’ll be ready to give you extensive coverage of the NHL all year round, but there’s no doubt that those NBC games will be special. Since we want to cover hockey from all angles, I…

  19. NHL 2K11 releases on Wii and (unexpectedly) on iPhones today

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    While EA Sports’ NHL series wrestled the critics’ championship belt* from the 2K games without question with their second “next-generation” game NHL ’08, the 2K series has been fairly bold in jumping on different platforms. After all these years, Electronic Arts if finally putting out a Nintendo Wii title after 2K had a polygonal puck…

  20. Should the San Jose Sharks bring back former captain Owen Nolan?

    Aug 24, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

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    Before Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov and Joe Thornton, the player most hockey fans associated with the San Jose Shark was once-captain Owen Nolan. From a portion of the 1995-96 season through the first 60 games of the 2002-03 campaign, Nolan was the grizzly face of the franchise. His rugged play and Babe Ruth-style All-Star Game…

  21. IIHF president would 'fight like hell' if NHL pursued European expansion

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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    While it isn’t spine-shattering news like the NHL rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, it does seem like the World Hockey Summit had its first bit of pizazz-infused banter today. International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene Fasel made no mistake that an often-rumored but seemingly impractical European NHL expansion would be met with serious opposition. Here is…

  22. NHL '11 news: GM Mode will feature restricted free agency, offer sheets, qualifying offers

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:50 PM EST

    Video games will never be able to truly duplicate what it’s like to be an NHL player or an NHL general manager. Sure, you can make a controller that mimics your movements and simulate the Scouting Combine experience, but human factors are often very difficult to translate. Still, it’s fun to play general manager even…

  23. Tampa Bay Lightning say Vincent Lecavalier's knee surgery was successful

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    As we discussed on the weekend, Vincent Lecavalier did indeed undergo knee surgery today. The Tampa Bay Lightning put out a release stating that the surgery was successful. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee this morning at the Florida Medical Clinic…

  24. Bobby Ryan says he doesn't want the Ducks to trade him

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    Now that Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Little are no longer restricted free agents, the spotlight focuses even more on the two biggest RFAs remaining (unless you really love Marc Staal): Bobby Ryan and James Neal. The Ryan-Anaheim Ducks negotiations have been especially intriguing because the ideal three-year length for Ryan would be lethal for his…

  25. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators reportedly ink Patric Hornqvist to three-year, $9.25M deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

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    One of the bigger restricted free agent contract negotiations seems to have concluded, as Patric Hornqvist and the Nashville Predators reportedly agreed on a three-year, $9.25 million contract. On the Forecheck passed along that note from its original source, Aftonbladet.se. The Nashville Predators have agreed to a new three-year, $9.25 million contract with star winger…

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