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  1. Paul Henderson's '72 Summit Series game jersey nets more than $1 million

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    While Sidney Crosby’s gold medal-winning goal will echo throughout time and grow in importance as the years go on, Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series winner is a part of Canadian sports lore like Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” call lives on for American sports fans. If you had any doubts regarding how important…

  2. Brent Sopel will bring Stanley Cup to Chicago Pride Parade

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Gay rights have been coming up in hockey talk more than ever the last few years, especially during the 2009-10 season. Sadly, one of the biggest stories involved the death of Brian Burke’s son, Brendan. Still, there are some bright spots too; take, for instance, the fact that Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel will appear…

  3. Who could be the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees?

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    In any selection process, there will be parties who are excluded. When it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame, it might just be a matter of time for some (like, say, Joe Nieuwendyk) while many worry if they’ll never see the day when they are inducted (sadly, that might apply to Pat Burns). While…

  4. Evgeni Nabokov's San Jose Sharks days are over

    Jun 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Evgeni Nabokov has been with the San Jose Sharks for 10 seasons and for at least nine of those he was the team’s No. 1 starter. What has been rumored in many circles (including PHT) seems to be true now; the 2009-10 season will be the Russian goalie’s last year in teal. Sharks GM Doug…

  5. Montreal Canadiens sign Tomas Plekanec to six-year, $30M extension

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Tomas Plekanec will continue to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens for the foreseeable future. The Montreal Gazette reports that the Czech center signed a hefty 6 year, $30 million contract to remain with the NHL’s most storied franchise. The Habs have a staggering amount of money committed to forwards Plekanec, Scott Gomez, Michael…

  6. Poll: Who received the biggest Hall of Fame 'snub'?

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Hall of Fame voting is mostly amusing in just about every sport. It reminds me of when people become incensed about Undeserving Player X getting into an All-Star starting lineup thanks to fan voting; at that moment in time, it’s an enormous deal yet … how many people really watch the game itself with anything…

  7. 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees: Ciccarelli, Granato, James, Devellano and Seaman

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were just announced. For players, Dino Ciccarelli joins first-time female nominees Cammi Granato and Angela James. Jimmy Devellano and Daryl “Doc” Seaman were elected as “builders.” I conducted a survey of the PHT Staff (myself, Brandon and Joe) plus 10 hockey bloggers and the inductees we chose were…

  8. Pat Quinn steps down, hands Oilers head coaching job to Tom Renney

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Pat Quinn decided today to leave his post as the Edmonton Oilers head coach, handing over the job to assistant coach – and former New York Rangers head coach – Tom Renney. Quinn will work in an “advisory” role going forward, reports TSN. This isn’t particularly shocking news, really. At the far-from-tender age of 67,…

  9. Analysis: Florida sends Horton, Campbell to Boston for Wideman, 15th pick, 2011 3rd rounder

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    A moment ago, I shared reports that the Florida Panthers traded Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins. Here are the details, via Steve Gorten of the Florida Sun-Sentinel. (Salary cap information from the always-reliable CapGeek.com.) Bruins receive: Nathan Horton, forward. ($4 million cap hit) Greg Campbell, forward ($762,500) Panthers receive: Dennis Wideman, defenseman. (about $3.94…

  10. Report: Florida Panthers trade Nathan Horton to Boston Bruins

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Details are very scarce right now, but TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton has been traded to the Boston Bruins. Dreger states that Horton and another Florida Panthers player are rumored to be going to Beantown for a single Boston Bruins player. We’ll update you on who that it is once…

  11. Report: Scott Niedermayer expected to announce retirement today

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

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    It seems like every summer people complain about humidity, get bad farmer tans and wonder if Scott Niedermayer will retire. If Orange County Register reporter Eric Stephens is correct, the talented defenseman is expected to announce his retirement today. I must admit that I had little clue that Niedermayer was leaning toward hanging up his…

  12. NHL releases 2010-11 regular season schedule, road trippers rejoice

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    For hockey road trippers and fans of the sport in general, today is a big day; the 2010-11 regular season schedule was just released by the NHL. Let me give you the most important links. The first three are all PDF files, so expect a slight delay if you don’t have an amazing Internet connection.…

  13. Penguins, Matt Cooke agree to three-year extension

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Despite there being at least some doubts that the team could bring the villainous forward back, the Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with rambunctious forward Matt Cooke. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has the story, which states that the team hasn’t released the salary details just yet. Left wing…

  14. Nieuwendyk, Gilmour, Oates and Ciccarelli garner most HHOF votes among PHT, hockey bloggers

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    After polling the gang at PHT and 10 hockey bloggers, Joe Nieuwendyk stood head and shoulders above all of the other Hockey Hall of Fame candidates as the most deserving inductee for 2010. The four most competitive runners-up were Doug Gilmour, Adam Oates, Dino Ciccarelli and Dave Andreychuk. Cammi Granato, Alex Mogilny and Eric Lindros…

  15. Sharks trade Brad Staubitz to Wild for 2010 fifth-rounder, no more 'Boogeyman' in Minnesota?

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    Things already weren’t looking very good for Derek “Boogeyman” Boogaard, but now it seems near-official that the fearsome fighter’s time with the Minnesota Wild is up. Michael Russo reports that the Wild acquired rough-and-tumble forward Brad Staubitz from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Wild’s 2010 fifth-round draft pick. It won’t make a…

  16. Hockey bloggers share their 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame "ballots"

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Now that we provided our Hall of Fame choices, let’s get to some of our favorites from the hockey blogosphere. We’ll provide a “consensus” post later on, too. Laura Astorianhttp://www.thrashingtheblues.com/ 1. Adam Oates – greatest assist man of all time and part of the best nicknamed duo in hockey: “Hull & Oates.”2. Doug Gilmour –…

  17. Taylor Pyatt finds place with Phoenix Coyotes after tragedy

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes just announced that they re-signed rugged forward Taylor Pyatt to a two-year contract. The exact terms of the deal are not yet clear. Pyatt, 28, recorded 12-11-23 with 39 penalty minutes (PIM) and a career-high +13 rating in 74 games with the Coyotes last season, his first with the team. He also…

  18. Senators could part ways with Jason Spezza, Anton Volchenkov

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators face another summer of trade/free agency rumors and there seems to be a little fire to go with the smoke. TSN reports that Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed that while Jason Spezza didn’t go out of his way to request a trade, he wouldn’t “object” to one either. That’s like two horny…

  19. The PHT Staff's 2010 Hall of Fame "ballots"

    Jun 21, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Brandon Worley’s picks:  1. Joe Nieuwendyk2. Doug Gilmour3. Dave Andreychuk4. Tom Barrasso This was a tough one, actually, when you consider who I’d like to see voted in this year. The final spot came down to Barrasso, Adam Oates and Dino Ciccarelli. In the end, it comes down to Barrasso who should have already made…

  20. Mike Modano might have to leave the Stars if he decides against retirement

    Jun 21, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Mike Modano’s history with the Dallas Stars franchise runs deep. After all, the all-time American great’s experiences with the club predate the team’s existence in the Lone Star state, as many recall the images of a mulleted, Chipmunk-teethed Modano being a No. 1 pick for the Minnesota North Stars. To say he would be missed…

  21. Ciccarelli, Cold War-era Russians deserve some HOF attention, too

    Jun 21, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    With the announcement of the 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductions set for Tuesday, we’re gearing up for some fun features here at PHT. In a few hours, I’ll share the staff “ballots” as well as choices made by some of our favorite hockey bloggers. Last night, the big debate was whether or not Pavel…

  22. Steve Yzerman says Vincent Lecavalier is part of Lightning's plans

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    After being the subject of trade rumors for a couple years largely thanks to under-performing after signing a gigantic contract, Vincent Lecavalier is feeling a little bit better about life in Tampa Bay. According to Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times, newly minted GM Steve Yzerman assured Lecavalier that the underachieving center is part…

  23. Boston Bruins set to play games in Ireland, Czech Republic

    Jun 21, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    For the first time in more than 50 years, the Boston Bruins look like they’ll take a European vacation. From exhibition games in Ireland to two season-opening matches in Prague, the team might be a little jet-lagged to start the 2010-11 season, but my guess is most of them will find the trip worthwhile. NHL.com…

  24. Go ahead and kiss the Stanley Cup; It's not as dirty as you might think

    Jun 21, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    There are all kinds of rumors of nefarious things happening to the Stanley Cup once it falls in the clutches of its victors. (Kevin Allen even wrote a book titled “Why is the Stanley Cup in Mario Lemieux’s Swimming Pool?” which, by the way, is probably one of the tamest tales about the silver chalice.)…

  25. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, June 20

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:30 AM 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. Jason…

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