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  1. St. Louis Blues introduce Jaroslav Halak, unveil two new goalie mask designs

    Sep 9, 2010, 8:15 PM EST

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    It was a bit of a surprise when the St. Louis Blues shipped a couple prospects to the Montreal Canadiens to gain Jaroslav Halak’s restricted free agent bargaining rights, but it’s tough to blame the frequently goalie-challenged franchise for taking a swing at one of the breakout stars of the 2010 playoffs. Many people wonder…

  2. City of Glendale might need to make dent in $25M it owes the NHL by September 15

    Sep 9, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Things are looking up for the Phoenix Coyotes on the ice. Although they’ll feel the loss of Zbynek Michalek quite a bit, the team that raised many eyebrows last season will remain mostly intact. In fact, they could even boast some extra offensive punch with the addition of veteran winger Ray Whitney. While I think…

  3. Report: NHLPA player reps must vote for or against Donald Fehr by Saturday

    Sep 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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    For fans, hockey writers and anyone outside of the process, the thought of Donald Fehr becoming the head of the NHL Players Association is a bit scary. If you ask Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated, he’d probably tell you that the league’s players are just as frightened by the mere task of making a decision.…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Thrashers sign Nigel Dawes to one-year, two-way deal

    Sep 8, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    New GM Rick Dudley is re-stocking the Atlanta Thrashers with a lot of players who fit his own, imposing image but Dudley must realize that he also needs to add some slick scorers too. While Nigel Dawes hasn’t exactly set the world on fire (his career high is 14 goals), he could provide a nice…

  5. Video: Sidney Crosby hits a big home run at Pirates' PNC Park

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    Apparently hitting huge game winning shots isn’t the only thing Michael Jordan and Sidney Crosby have in common. Of course, if Crosby has dreams of playing Major League Baseball, his fantasies might be a bit more justified. Or maybe he just got lucky. Either way, check out this video of Crosby hitting a home run…

  6. Tomas Kaberle denies father's comments about his issues with Ron Wilson, Maple Leafs

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    While the real story boiled down to a discussion of blogs being credited by mainstream media members and all the teeth gnashing that brings with it, hearing Tomas Kaberle’s father raise doubts about his son’s chances of remaining a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs was still pretty surprising. Who knows if Tomas Kaberle really…

  7. Report: Marc Staal, New York Rangers nearing a new deal

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

    It seems like most of the final restricted free agent dominoes are falling into place as training camps approach around the NHL. Bobby Ryan ended his long negotiation process with the Anaheim Ducks last night. Patric Hornqvist reached an amicable agreement with the Nashville Predators. If reports are correct, Marc Staal will follow suit with…

  8. NHLPA could take first official steps toward making Donald Fehr their leader today

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

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    From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like any move to impede Donald Fehr’s quest to become the head of the NHLPA would just delay the inevitable, but the process still hasn’t technically begun. Ken Campbell reports that Fehr may finally become an “official” candidate for the job today, though, as the players association is holding…

  9. Detroit Red Wings officially sign Kirk Maltby, place Derek Meech on waivers

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

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    The Detroit Red Wings did some lower-level roster shuffling today. George Malik passes along the news that the team finally officially signed aging forward Kirk Maltby to a one year, two-way deal while Red Wings GM Ken Holland placed young defenseman Derek Meech on waivers. Maltby’s deal will be worth $525 K at the NHL…

  10. Prepare your fat jokes: Phoenix Coyotes invite Kyle Wellwood to tryout during training camp

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

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    Kyle Wellwood gets his fair share of fat jokes, no doubt about it. At times I think it’s a little overblown (or bloated?) but one can imagine that he secretly might enjoy getting a bit more attention than an average player such as himself might normally receive. (This is not that different from the Twitter-based…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators sign Cody Franson to two-year, $1.6M deal

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    The Nashville Predators resolved their biggest remaining free agent situation today, signing young defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year deal that NHL Preds Insider reports will be worth $1.6 million (or $800K per year). (Note: this was originally reported by Joshua Cooper.) The team provided a little more information about Franson, including his solid rookie…

  12. Minnesota Wild might be able to suspend James Sheppard for ATV accident-related injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    An unfortunate ATV accident could rob Minnesota Wild forward James Sheppard of as many as four months of hockey, but it’s quite possible the incident might also make an impact on his $800K-plus salary. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News points out the fact that there is a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that…

  13. Leaked Sabres jersey designs hint at end of 'Buffaslug' uniforms

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    One of the perks of getting NHL ’11 on or around its launch day comes when you see the game’s uniforms and team logos. Back when Reebok changed the way hockey jerseys were designed with their “Edge” series, hockey video games were sometimes a treasure trove of sweater sneak peeks. While it’s been a long…

  14. The PHT Nightcap: Tuesday, September 7th

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:00 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. Johan…

  15. Tampa Bay continues its front office overhaul by adding new goalie consultant Frantz Jean

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

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    It’s actually not that unusual to see the Tampa Bay Lightning go through big changes in a summer. It seems like that’s been happening ever since they decided to keep their Cup winning trio of forwards (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier) rather than parting with one of them to retain Nikolai Khabibulin.…

  16. Chicago Blackhawks reward Stan Bowman for Cup run with a promotion

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    I’ll admit it, I was probably one of the original naysayers when it came to Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. It’s not that I had (or have) a problem with the guy, but one look at their salary cap situation made me wonder if the son of famed head coach Scotty Bowman was in over…

  17. Quebec province claims they'd cover 45 percent of construction costs for new arena

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:50 PM EST

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    Who knows if the province of Quebec can actually land another NHL team, but their politicians certainly seem like they’re doing their best to make it happen. We’ve been all over this rumor-laden story so far and while it’s far from a done deal that they’ll build a new arena – let alone add an…

  18. Fun with ratings: taking a look at the best (and worst) of NHL '11

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    Hockey video games will always have some wonky player ratings. For one thing, it’s human nature. These things are also almost exclusively subjective. Years ago, long-washed-up players would still be given the benefit of the doubt (I remember players such as Eric Lindros were great long after their eggs were scrambled beyond effectiveness in real-life).…

  19. Report: Bobby Ryan and Anaheim Ducks finally agree on a five year deal

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:50 PM EST

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    One of the most important restricted free agent haggling sessions looks like it is reportedly over. Various outlets report that the Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan are about to agree on a big new deal, while Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the terms of the contract will be for five years…

  20. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Shot blockers

    Sep 6, 2010, 6:45 PM 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. Previous entries:…

  21. Which teams are the most likely candidates to 'break through' in 2010-11?

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

    Late last week Mike Chen of From the Rink gave his three picks for possible “breakout” teams for the 2010-11 season. I personally agree that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Thrashers show some promise, but while it cannot get much worse for the Columbus Blue Jackets, they don’t scream “breakout” to me. (Then again,…

  22. Return of Quebec Nordiques rumors heat up as politicans discuss building a new arena

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Sports history has seen its fair share of cruel moments in franchise re-locations. One can only imagine how many Cleveland Browns fans felt sick to their stomachs when Art Model raised the Lombardi Trophy as his newly moved Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl. Few re-locations dealt such an immediate blow as the Quebec Nordiques…

  23. Members of the 'Apatowverse' begin casting for a new hockey movie 'Goon'

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

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    Earlier this summer, we discussed Kevin Smith’s potential new hockey movie “Hit Somebody.” Say what you will about the often-vulgar creator of Jay and Silent Bob, it was intriguing to hear that an occasionally deft hand was being put to work on a hockey movie. Not to be outdone, it sounds like a few celebrity…

  24. Video game critics give 'NHL 2K11' middling reviews

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

    As excited as many people are for the opportunity to veg out today, my guess is a lot of hockey fans are eagerly awaiting midnight. That’s because game stores (might) be open for midnight sales, which means that video game enthusiasts and puckheads alike will gain their first chance to purchase NHL ’11 (and the…

  25. Watch Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith butcher 'Take me out to the ballgame'

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    The Chicago Blachawks are still enjoying the perks of winning the Stanley Cup in the summer as Duncan Keith threw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field recently. He was then joined by fellow hard worker Dave Bolland in a charmingly horrendous rendition of “Take me out to the ballgame.” (Warning: this video starts off…

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