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  1. Yesterday's waivers go un-claimed, Matt Lashoff and Nathan Paetsch are sent down today

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Sometimes no news is good news. Today’s non-news is probably good for teams and half-good for players, as everyone demoted to the minors yesterday will remain with those organizations at that level. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that no one placed on waivers yesterday was claimed today while the Toronto Maple Leafs put Matt Lashoff and…

  2. Jonathan Cheechoo returns to the Sharks … only these ones play in Worcester

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    What happens when your career or life goes just short of full circle? Jonathan Cheechoo knows how that feels, as the 30-year-old winger will return to the Sharks … only this time, he’ll be suiting up in Worcester instead of San Jose. Here is the story from Bill Ballou. Jonathan Cheechoo, with 170 NHL goals…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, October 5th

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    While the season won’t actually start until Thursday, 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…

  4. Linus Omark blames 'politics' for his demotion from Edmonton Oilers to AHL

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    Getting cut from an NHL roster must be like being chosen last in a pickup game of basketball or losing in some reality show, although injuries and good minor league play can change things in ways that video-taped testimonials cannot. By that analogy, Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus* Omark is the busty reality show diva who…

  5. Alex Pietrangelo, Tyson Strachan make the cut for the St. Louis Blues

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues decided to keep top prospect Alex Pietrangelo and Tyson Strachan on their NHL roster, according to Jeremy Rutherford. Defenseman Ian Cole and forward Nicholas Drazenovic were sent down to the AHL to make space for the two players. Rutherford captured the reactions of both Pietrangelo and Strachan. First, Pietrangelo discusses the…

  6. Florida Panthers fail to reach an entry-level agreement with first rounder Erik Gundbranson

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    While we were discussing the merits of the Florida Panthers keeping first round pick Erik Gudbranson at the NHL-level or not, we seemed to overlook one important detail: that the two sides might not even make a deal. The Florida Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov reports that the Panthers and Gudbranson did indeed fail to reach…

  7. Patrice Bergeron and Antoine Vermette power their teams past foreign foes in exhibitions

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    As the regular season rapidly approaches, NHL teams are presenting their product in exhibition games against foreign league teams, often on their turf. Today’s slate featured two of those games, with the NHL going 2-0. Let’s take a quick look at both of them. Boston Bruins 7, Liberec 1 Plus: The Bruins survived “White Hell”…

  8. Poll: Who will win the Western Conference?

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    We’ve reviewed which teams PHT readers think will win each division (along with our own predictions and previews) and moments ago asked which team will win the Eastern Conference. Now let’s take a look at which team PHT readers think will win the Western Conference Will it be the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago…

  9. Poll: Who will win the Eastern Conference?

    Oct 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    During the weekend, we asked PHT readers which teams will win their given divisions. You can study the results here. To take it further, why not ask you all who will win each conference? First, let’s take a loot at the Eastern Conference. There are the favorites such as the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia…

  10. Atlanta Thrashers sign 2010 first rounder Alex Burmistrov to entry-level deal

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed their 2010 first round pick (and the eighth pick overall) Alex Burmistrov to a three-year entry-level deal, according to the team. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the deal is worth $870K per year and includes a $270K signing bonus. Here are more details about Burmistrov from the Thrashers.…

  11. Los Angeles Kings sign G Jonathan Bernier to two-year, $2.5M extension

    Oct 4, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    In a move that reminds me of the Washington Capitals signing their young backup goalie Michal Neuvirth, the Los Angeles Kings signed their former first round pick/backup Jonathan Bernier to a two-year extension today. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times broke the news and also has the details of the deal. Kings goaltender Jonathan…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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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…

  20. Philadelphia Flyers release Bill Guerin

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    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…

  21. Anaheim Ducks name Ryan Getzlaf their new captain

    Oct 4, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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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…

  22. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, October 3rd

    Oct 4, 2010, 2:00 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. Did…

  23. Preseason quick recaps: October 3rd

    Oct 4, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    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…

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