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  1. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Coyotes nab Brandon Gormley at #13

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:56 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 13th overall Phoenix Coyotes – Brandon Gormley 6’2″, 185 lbs. defenseman, Moncton (QMJHL) Two bluechip defensemen dropped in the draft – Gormley and Cam Fowler. They went consecutively and to the chagrin of the Kings, Stars and Sharks, both of them also ended up falling to Pacific division teams. Don Maloney received…

  2. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Cam Fowler drops to Ducks at #12

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    Round 1 – 12th overall Anaheim Ducks – Cam Fowler 6’1″, 190 lbs. defenseman, Windsor (OHL) Fans at the Staples Center greeted the Anaheim Ducks – and their first round pick, Cam Fowler – with a cascade of boos. They might want to get used to jeering the talented defenseman, because chances are, he’ll be…

  3. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Stars pick G Jack Campbell at #11

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    Round 1 – 11th overall Dallas Stars – Jack Campbell 6’2, 175 lbs. Goalie, USA U-18 The Dallas Stars are in the process of saying goodbye to their longtime franchise goalie Marty Turco and plan to roll the dice with the flighty but talented Kari Lehtonen for the near future. Either way, the team could…

  4. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Wild select C Mikael Granlund at #9

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 9th overall Minnesota Wild – Mikael Granlund 5′ 10″, 180 lbs – center, HIFK (Finland) While Cam Fowler and Brandon Gormley wait for letters of compassion from Brady Quinn, the draft moves on. Mikael Granlund was the top skater ranked by Central Scouting, so it’s not as if the Minnesota Wild ended…

  5. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 1: Lightning select RW Brett Connolly at #6

    Jun 25, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

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    Round 1 – 6th overall Tampa Bay Lightning – Brett Connolly 6’2″, 181 lbs, Prince George (WHL) Steve Yzerman’s first draft pick as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning was a high-risk, high-reward move in the form of Connolly. Much like his (considerably) older brother Tim of the Buffalo Sabres, Brett is a…

  6. Florida Panthers trade Keith Ballard to Vancouver Canucks for Steve Bernier, 25th pick

    Jun 25, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Keith Ballard and prospect Victor Oreskovich to the Vancouver Canucks for big forward Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and the 25th pick, reports George Richards of On Frozen Pond. New Panthers GM Dale Tallon is shuffling a lot of pieces around and this could be a sign of more things to…

  7. NHL provides plenty of fun for hockey fans outside the Staples Center

    Jun 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Being the last major event before the NHL goes into spectacle hibernation, it was nice to see that the league rolled out some state fair-like attractions to entertain children (plus man-children) and hockey fans alike. Young hockey fans could play a little street hockey in one spot, 2K Sports displayed its video game wares and…

  8. Report: Dustin Byfuglien shipped to Atlanta in blockbuster trade

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Note: This isn’t quite confirmed yet. Keep your eye on PHT for the official word … or the possibility that the trade fell through. While the salary cap went up higher than many expected – reportedly all the way up to $59.4 million – the Chicago Blackhawks still were forced to move a huge piece…

  9. 2010-11 schedule analysis: Who has it the toughest, easiest?

    Jun 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    West Coast hockey fans have a lot of beefs. They complain – justifiably or not – about “East Coast bias” and various other slights. People can debate day and night about that one, but there is one thing that you cannot deny: hockey teams in that region are forced to travel a considerable amount more.…

  10. Jordan Staal needs second foot surgery in two months

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jordan Staal is recovering from his second foot surgery in as many months, reports Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After getting injured in a first round series with the Ottawa Senators, the lanky center came back from surgery sooner than just about anyone else expected during the Penguins’ second round series with the Montreal…

  11. Shane Doan receives King Clancy Award

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was awarded the King Clancy Award today. It is handed out for “leadership qualities on and off the ice.” The Arizona Republic captured Doan’s reaction to receiving the King Clancy as well as being nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Of the Clancy award, Doan said: “That’s pretty special.…

  12. Should the Hockey Hall of Fame open up its voting process?

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    It seems like there is a weird MVP voting quirk almost every year in nearly every sport. Sometimes those moments are amusing, such as a beat writer choosing a fringe player on the team he or she covers to make a “statement.” Rarely – but on occasion – there’s a tinge of something a little…

  13. Alex Ovechkin hopes to join Orr, Gretzky and win three straight Hart Trophies

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin is hoping to receive his third straight Hart Trophy tonight at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The two players standing in his way are Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin and Maurice Richard Trophy co-winner Sidney Crosby. Ovechkin would be the third player in NHL history to win the trophy three times…

  14. Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin sign big endorsement deals before playing a single NHL game

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    They might not receive a $100 million endorsement deal before playing a single pro game like Lebron James did, but regardless of which player goes No. 1 Friday, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin both landed deals with big hockey equipment companies. TSN has the story. Bauer Hockey and Easton Hockey both say they got their…

  15. Which U.S. sports goal was more exciting: Parise's tying goal or Donovan's winner?

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Cynics will snicker and make cries of silly nationalism. Skeptics might end up bemused that Americans suddenly become interested in sports they’re usually oblivious to. But either way, U.S. sports teams have shown a flair for the dramatics during international competition this year. In case you were at work or isolated from just about every…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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