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  1. Calgary Flames sign Brendan Morrison to one-year, $750K deal

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    It didn’t take very long for Brendan Morrison to find an NHL job after the center-rich Vancouver Canucks passed on his services. The Globe and Mail reports that the Calgary Flames signed Morrison to a one-year, $750K deal today to help bolster a very lacking (and banged up) center position. After completing the pre-season with…

  2. Cal Clutterbuck dominates Finns, tempers flare between Carolina and SKA St. Petersburg

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

    There were two games between NHL teams and foreign hockey clubs early this morning/afternoon, with the league going 1-1 on the day. Let’s take a look at each contest. SKA St. Petersburg 5, Carolina Hurricanes 3 Plus: Russian hockey fans can point out this statistic from Dan Rosen’s report: Russian/Soviet Union teams are now 59-41-10…

  3. NHL suspends Michael Cammalleri one game for slashing incident on Nino Niederreiter

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    The NHL made its decision regarding Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri’s slash on New York Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter on October 2, suspending Cammalleri for one game. Michael Cammalleri was suspended for one game by the NHL due to a slashing incident on Nino Niederreiter in a preseason game Saturday against the New York Islanders.…

  4. NHL Network releases its 2010-11 regular season TV schedule

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Beginning this Saturday (October 9), NHL Network will televise 78 NHL regular season games, all of which in HD according to the Network. The schedule will include three “flex” games so the network can choose the contests with the greatest playoff implications late in the year. There are a few games that stand out according…

  5. NY Rangers reward Ruslan Fedotenko for solid preseason with one-year, $1M contract

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    It seems like in most cases this off-season, veteran skaters seeking NHL contracts through tryouts have been left out in the cold. That was the case with Bill Guerin and Kyle Wellwood, but it looks like former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko might just stick with the New York Rangers after a strong preseason. Here…

  6. Toronto Maple Leafs send Nazem Kadri down to the AHL

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    After a preseason of over-analysis and excessive criticism, the Toronto Maple Leafs probably made the right decision by sending 2009 first round draft pick Nazem Kadris back to the AHL. TSN shares reports that the team sent Kadri back down to play with the Marlies. General manager Brian Burke repeatedly stated that Kadri would need…

  7. Report: Knee problems could end Vinny Prospal's season (or career)

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    While he is far from a world-beater at center, Vaclav “Vinny” Prospal might be the best No. 1 or No. 2 center option for the pivot-poor New York Rangers. Unfortunately, the outlook for the former Tampa Bay Lightning forward’s health is looking hazy at best and grim at worst. Larry Brooks of the New York…

  8. Mattias Ohlund will miss at least two weeks with inflammation in right knee

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    Tough news out of Tampa Bay this morning: the Lightning announced that veteran defenseman Mattias Ohlund will miss at least two weeks after aggravating a knee injury that required surgery this off-season. Damian Cristodero has the news. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund will be out at least two weeks with inflammation in his right…

  9. Philadelphia Flyers release Bill Guerin

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    In perhaps the most surprising news regarding a veteran NHL player getting the boot, the Philadelphia Flyers decided to release Bill Guerin after giving him a pro tryout this preseason. CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio broke the news. Veteran Bill Guerin, who had been skating with the Flyers on a tryout, has been released by the…

  10. Anaheim Ducks name Ryan Getzlaf their new captain

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

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    In somewhat surprising news, the Anaheim Ducks announced late last night that 25 year old power forward Ryan Getzlaf will be the team’s eight captain. Here are some tidbits from the team’s press release. The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Ryan Getzlaf team captain. Saku Koivu and…

  11. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, October 3rd

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:00 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. Did…

  12. Preseason quick recaps: October 3rd

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:10 AM EST

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    We already covered the two early games today, but let’s glance at the four remaining games in smarmy plus/minus form. Buffalo 9, Philadelphia 3 Plus: The Sabres scored nine goals and eight of them came in a row after Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead. Drew Stafford put up one goal and three assists, Derek Roy…

  13. Fantasy hockey with a twist: Building the worst team possible in a 'losers league'

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:35 PM EST

    Normally when you go into a fantasy hockey draft, you hope to simply put the best fake team together possible. Whether it’s getting the best goalies, forwards, defensemen or guys who can fill the widest variety of stat categories. But in at least one fantasy hockey league, the object is to put together the most…

  14. Dainius Zubrus or Colin White might end up being NJ Devils salary cap casualties

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

    While the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks faced some serious salary cap hurdles this summer, they’re both in fine shape now. Even the Boston Bruins seem like they might be OK thanks to Marc Savard’s concussion problems. The one team that faces the biggest challenge is the New Jersey Devils. Rich Chere discussed the…

  15. Early preseason recaps – October 3rd

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    Today presents the last “full” day of preseason games and a couple of those contests started a little earlier than usual. Here are two quick recaps of the first matches. Nashville 3, Washington 0 Plus: Pekka Rinne earned a 22-save shutout. Joel Ward scored two goals while Cal O’Reilly put together one goal and one…

  16. Mike Comrie faces lawsuit over missed car payments

    Oct 3, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    Mike Comrie isn’t one of the NHL’s highest paid players by any means, but chances are he rubs shoulders with some big spenders in his role as Mr. Hillary Duff. That lifestyle might be catching up to Comrie a bit, though, as the Ottawa Sun reports that he’s being sued regarding missed car payments. The…

  17. Report: Kyle Wellwood signs with KHL team Atlant Moscow Oblast

    Oct 3, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    On Saturday we passed along word that the Phoenix Coyotes decided to let Kyle Wellwood walk from his pro tryout. We also pleaded with people to hold their fat jokes until he signed with a hockey team, whether that team is in Europe or the NHL. Well, it looks like we can break out those…

  18. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Florida Panthers

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    Last season: (32-37-13, 77 points, 5th in Southeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference) The Panthers seem like they’re in a perpetual holding pattern. It was only fitting that the team was bad enough to earn the third pick in the draft, which fell just short of earning them a potential star such as Taylor Hall…

  19. Tonight's preseason schedule – October 2nd

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    Let’s take a look at today’s remaining preseason games. The times labeled are in eastern time (ET). 6:00 pm Atlanta Thrashers at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 pm Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs (LIVE on NHL Network) Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders The Islanders are participating…

  20. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Carolina Hurricanes

    Oct 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Last season: (35-37-10, 80 points, 3rd in Southeast Division, 11th in Eastern Conference) It seems the Hurricanes alternate good seasons and bad seasons. One season they charge deep into the playoffs (or even win the Cup), the next they don’t even make the playoffs. In 2009-10, they had one of those bad seasons. Head coach: Paul Maurice…

  21. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Atlanta Thrashers

    Oct 2, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    Last season: (35-34-13, 83 points, 2nd in Southeast Division, 10th in Eastern Conference) Considering that the Thrashers got rid of Ilya Kovalchuk and Kari Lehtonen, it’s a solid testament to the team that they actually stayed in playoff contention until (just about) the very end. Still, it’s probably best that former GM Don Waddell, who…

  22. Washington Capitals unveil their retro-inspired Winter Classic uniforms

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    As you can see from the image to the right (click it to enlarge), the Washington Capitals displayed the uniforms they’ll be wearing during the Winter Classic on New Year’s day. Here’s the scoop from the team’s press release. The Washington Capitals unveiled their uniform for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic today, a tribute…

  23. Chicago Blackhawks D Brian Campbell to miss 4-5 weeks with a knee sprain

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    The Chicago Blackhawks announced that their expensive defenseman Brian Campbell will be out 4-5 weeks, according to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times. Quenneville said defenseman Brian Campbell will be out four to five weeks with a right knee sprain. Asked if it could have been worse, Quenneville said “if you get the ACL…

  24. Vancouver Canucks waive rugged defenseman Shane O'Brien

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

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    Perhaps it was just a matter of time for Shane O’Brien, as he got on the team’s (and his coach’s) bad side for some of his off-the-ice conduct. The rugged-but-mistake-prone defenseman was placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks today, according to various sources including Bruce Garrioch. Before putting Shane O’Brien on waivers today, Vancouver…

  25. begins streaming international exhibition games today

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    The NHL is responding to the hypothetical philosophical question of: “If an exhibition game/tree falls in Manheim, Germany/the middle of a forest, but no one sees/hears it … does it really happen?” by offering up a slate of those overseas exhibition games on The league provided a full schedule of those games, which will…

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