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  1. Poll results: PHT readers want to get rid of the trapezoid but allow icing on PKs

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    One of the more interesting articles we discussed Monday tackled the goalie trapezoid rule and icing on penalties. I thought it might be intriguing to test the latter idea, but I think that the strong consensus against the idea might sway my opinion just a touch. Before I go any further with analysis, let’s take…

  2. Columbus made offers for Tomas Kaberle but fell short of Burke's mark

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets bowed out a little early from the Tomas Kaberle sweepstakes that never actually took place Sunday night, but the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports that the team did at least kick the tires on a trade. The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas…

  3. Former Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur is acquitted of perjury charges

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

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    It’s always unpleasant to see an all-time great’s name dragged through the mud – especially when it is a family member doing the dragging – but at least there’s some good news for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur. CBC News reports that Lafleur has been acquitted of charges made in relation to testimony he gave…

  4. Now that Mike Modano is gone, who will be the face of the Dallas Stars?

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

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    With Mike Modano and Marty Turco gone, the Dallas Stars decided to market the team (actually the TEAM) rather than an individual player. Still, Defending Big D tried to guesstimate who might be the new “face” of the franchise. Ultimately, they couldn’t come up with an obvious choice. Let’s look at some of the highlights.…

  5. Patrick Kane enjoys another day with the Cup in Chicago by attending … a Jimmy Buffet concert?

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    After crashing a Jimmy Buffet concert of all things (I would have expected, I don’t know … MGMT? Phoenix? Maybe just a trip to last week’s Lollapalooza?), Patrick Kane described the experience of presenting the Stanley Cup to the “Margaritaville” master and his crowd with one text-messaged word: “Blast.” It’s funny, because that’s exactly how…

  6. Brian Burke and Tomas Kaberle may be relieved now, but rumors will return soon enough

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    Last night, I emphasized the fact that the Tomas Kaberle saga is far from over. It seems that both Brian Burke and Kaberle’s agent Rick Curran threw the word “relief” around when describing the now-passed window in which the defenseman’s no-trade clause was lifted, but I would add “temporary” to relief in this case. Still,…

  7. NHL Network and will provide coverage of the NHL's research and development camp

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

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    We’ve covered the considerable amount of talent on hand for the NHL’s research and development camp as well as what kind of rules changes will be tested, but there’s some great news from the league regarding coverage of the proceedings. Apparently, and the NHL Network will carry some shows/interviews/other information on the events. Here…

  8. Minnesota Wild earn accolades for environmental improvements

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    Earlier this month, I passed along a note that the Pittsburgh Penguins earned some serious kudos for the environmentally conscious construction of their fancy new home, the Consol Energy Center. Perhaps it makes just as much sense, though, that a team named The Wild is receiving awards for how “green” they are going, too. Here…

  9. Should the NHL get rid of the trapezoid and enforce icing on penalty killers?

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    While casual fans probably don’t really bat an eye at the league’s post-lockout “trapezoid rule,” it’s something that bothers purists for sure. For those of you who aren’t aware, before the lockout a goalie had much more freedom to play the puck (and therefore hamper an opposing team’s dump-and-chase game). In hopes of increasing scoring,…

  10. Tampa Bay Lightning name Al Murray their new director of amateur scouting

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    Even with smaller moves that seem a bit difficult to contextualize (maybe you’re an expert on the NHL/hockey’s best scouts, but I’m not), it’s still interesting to follow every bread crumb left on Steve Yzerman’s trail to make the Tampa Bay Lightning a credible franchise. The latest front office move involved the Lightning adding a…

  11. As Southeast rivals make big changes, the Hurricanes are left twisting in the wind

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    One of the easiest questions for most hockey people – aside from the least objective Washington Capitals fans, perhaps – was “which division is the weakest in the NHL?” Any puckhead worth his or her salt would swiftly choose the Southeast Division as the league’s worst. The fact of the matter is that the SE…

  12. Dustin Byfuglien's emotional, tear-filled day with the Stanley Cup

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Dustin Byfuglien was often an interesting combination of talents who never seemed to consistently equal the sum of all of his parts until he exploded onto the playoff scene this year. Once he heated up by making life miserable as a gigantic, goalie-eclipsing answer to Tomas Holmstrom, it was clear that Big Buff could handle…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 15th

    Aug 16, 2010, 2:10 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. Patrick…

  14. Tomas Kaberle will remain a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs … for now, at least

    Aug 16, 2010, 12:30 AM EST

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    You cannot blame this all on Brian Burke. Instead of calling him the “Boy Who Cried Tomas Kaberle” it’s more appropriate to drop it in the lap of the the team itself (it seems like those rumors existed before Burkie right? Maybe? Do we even have memories or has it all concussed our brains?) or…

  15. Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection might hurt future contracts, like Zdeno Chara's

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

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    When it comes to discussing other players who might be affected by Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract rejection, most of the conversation revolves around players whose deals have already been signed like Roberto Luongo. The fact is, though, that it might have just as much of an impact on players getting ready to sign new deals. Fluto…

  16. Tomas Kaberle update: Columbus Blue Jackets bow out of sweepstakes

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

    Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke hasn’t pulled the trigger on a Tomas Kaberle trade yet, but there is news/non-news that has come through recently. The Columbus Post-Dispatch reports that the Blue Jackets are out of the Kaberle sweepstakes. It appears unlikely Tomas Kaberle is going to be a Blue Jacket — at least any…

  17. Looking back at the California Golden Seals and their wacky owner Charlie Finley

    Aug 15, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

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    In sports – just like many areas of life – history seems to repeat itself but trailblazers often stand out. Often times, it’s great ideas but every now and then it’s just off-the-wall stuff that stands out in our memories. It seems like the 60s and 70s were an especially wheels-off time in sports history,…

  18. Tomas Kaberle Watch is on until midnight ET; Brian Burke sounds pessimistic about a deal

    Aug 15, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs face a midnight eastern time deadline to deal silky smooth defenseman Tomas Kaberle before his no-trade clause kicks back in. This is a reminder that we’ll stick with this story until at least midnight, whether a deal is made or not. Joe’s been keeping you abreast of the news (most recently…

  19. Former NHLer Brendan Bell reflects on KHL training camp, getting to know Jaromir Jagr

    Aug 15, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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    It’s been no secret that the mid-level talent exodus of players from the NHL to the KHL has been a growing storyline for the league, particularly this summer. Brendan Bell fits into that category, as the moderately productive offensive defenseman moved to Omsk, Russia to play for Avangard Omsk, a KHL team that happens to…

  20. Canadian under-18 team shuts out the U.S. to take third straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial gold medal

    Aug 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

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    The Canadian under-18 team won its third straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament today, beating the U.S. team 1-0 in Piestany, Slovakia. has more on that. Canada made it a hat trick of gold medals at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, topping the U.S., 1-0, in the final, played at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.…

  21. Mandi Schwartz's fight with cancer takes a sad turn

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    After receiving some promising news not too long ago, Mandi Schwartz faces another sad setback in her battle with cancer. reports that the sister of St. Louis Blues first round pick Jaden Schwartz will need to undergo more chemo therapy after her cancer resurfaced for a third time. Schwartz, who was scheduled for a…

  22. Washington Capitals take top spot on Sports Illustrated's off-season power rankings

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Despite the fact that they ran away with the Presidents Trophy last season, it’s almost refreshing to see a media member sing the praises of the Washington Capitals. Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir did just that, placing the apple of Ted Leonsis’s eye No. 1 in his off-season power rankings. Here is what he said about…

  23. Who will lead the offensively challenged Nashville Predators in scoring?

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    It’s unfair to judge teams “on paper,” but sometimes those paper rosters/lists can be awfully telling. Take, for instance, this poll at On The Forecheck that asks the simple question: “Who will be the Nashville Predators leading scorer next season?” Here are a few of the names (and descriptions) from that post. J.P. Dumont He…

  24. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 13th

    Aug 13, 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. The…

  25. The Sporting News pulls the plug on its hockey-centric blog 'The Grinder'

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

    There’s no denying that the hockey blogosphere – and any other platform featuring hockey writers – can be a competitive place. Sometimes that’s a bad thing, especially when it encourages certain people to falsify rumors – or even worse – claim that they got a scoop that originated from somewhere else. Other times, it results…

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