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  1. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Maxim Afinogenov?

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell, Lee Stempniak Today’s entry: Maxim Afinogenov Name: Maxim AfinogenovHeight: 6-0…

  2. A schedule of the remaining salary arbitration hearings

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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    Salary arbitration can be an ugly process. One infamous moment even caused former beleaguered goalie Tommy Salo to cry.* * – No word on if he cried because they showed the backbreaking goal he allowed against Belarus in the Olympics in an endless, “Clockwork Orange” style loop. In case my memory is fuzzy and that…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Canucks, Mason Raymond avoid salary arbitration

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

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    Update: it appears that the Canucks narrowly avoided arbitration and signed forward Mason Raymond to a reasonable deal, which was settled at two-years, $5.1 million total according to Nick Kypreos. Van news. Mason Raymond…. Hearing settled. 2 years. 2.5/2.6M Looking at Raymond’s numbers from last year, I probably should have made him a part of…

  4. NHLPA faces 5PM deadline to file a grievance regarding Ilya Kovalchuk's contract

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    On Monday July 19, it seemed like a lengthy hockey nightmare was over. That day seemingly marked the end of the Ilya Kovalchuk Holding Pattern Era and the continuation of the Kovalchuk-Devils pact. Of course, you should know that the league said “hold on a second” and rejected his contract at this point. Today marks…

  5. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, July 25th

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:30 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. Lightning…

  6. Report: Rangers, Kings interested in Alexander Frolov

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

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    With Ilya Kovalchuk (kind of) gone from the unrestricted free agent market and Simon Gagne traded, Alexander Frolov remains one of the best options out there. In fact, I’d argue that Frolov’s game is one of the most blemish-free of the available players. That’s why I’ve been confused by the seeming lack of interest in…

  7. PHT's list of players who must prove they're fluke-proof

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

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    Earlier tonight, I took a look at NHL.com’s list of the seven players hoping to not be “one-hit wonders” next season and included a guess or two on who might succeed. Much like I did with a breakthrough player list, I thought I’d take a look at some other players who might apply. Feel free…

  8. NHL.com's seven players attempting to prove last season wasn't a fluke

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    I often find it unfair when people call certain bands “one-hit wonders” for a simple reason: perhaps they didn’t want to make another big single? Now, most of you (especially more cynical types) will roll your eyes at such a stance; after all, doesn’t every artist want to make buckets of money and bathe in…

  9. The sad story of failed prospect Dan Ryder, brother of Boston Bruins forward Michael

    Jul 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    (Michael Ryder, older brother of Dan.) Even though we love hockey – or maybe because we love it too much – it’s often easy to lose perspective on the situation. Fans, writers and hockey people get so wrapped up in numbers – from salary cap/contract issues to point totals and Corsi numbers – we often…

  10. Penguins GM Ray Shero discusses team building, salary cap strategies

    Jul 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    (Note: This probably won’t be the last time I discuss team building on PHT. Just a fair warning.) Just like there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s and no easy way to dump a significant other, my opinion is that there really isn’t a “blueprint” for building a Stanley Cup-winning team. Just look at…

  11. Fake Steve Yzerman Facebook account goes missing

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    You’d think that Steve Yzerman would be pretty busy, what with his new job as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and all the activity that entails. Yet, there he seemed to be to many on Facebook … accepting friends and sharing status updates one might expect to see from an NHL GM.…

  12. Why not put the NHL All-Star game in the preseason?

    Jul 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Thinking up cockamamie ideas about improving the NHL is a hobby for hockey nerds such as myself. So when I heard that the league plans to unveil the 2011 All-Star Game logo, I couldn’t help but think of ways to improve that glorified exhibition game. During the GM meetings, I brought up the fascinating if…

  13. PHT's 2010-11 'breakout' player list

    Jul 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Earlier today, I took a look at NHL.com’s seven candidates for a “breakthrough” season. Since this is a slackertastic Saturday, I thought I’d provide my own list of players who could make a big difference in 2010-11. Feel free to lampoon my choices in the comments. John Tavares, NY Islanders The most obvious choice since…

  14. NHL.com's seven 'breakthrough players' for 2010-11

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    Last season, Steven Stamkos went from a disappointing rookie to a sophomore sensation, tying Sydney Crosby for the most goals in the NHL. His breakthrough season inspired NHL.com to name its seven candidates for a breakout season in 2010-11. Here’s the list, plus a few selected paragraphs and some commentary. Jonathan Bernier, LA Kings If…

  15. A look at agent Eustace King and the NHL's slow growth in diversity

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    When you picture a hockey player, you probably envision a pasty Canadian guy … potentially with a killer mustache and/or a flowing mullet. It’s no doubt that the game is far behind other North American sports when it comes to diversity, although I think the climate is a lot friendlier than it was it the…

  16. Jeremy Roenick: Mike Keenan 'scared him' into the player he became

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    When Jeremy Roenick finally decided to hang up his skates, it seemed like he ushered in the end of an era in the NHL It appeared that the days of brash, outspoken and ultra-skilled hockey players were over. (At least from an “on the record” standpoint, as my guess is that most NHL players are…

  17. Beware of the fan poll: How each NHL team received its name

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    I’m a sucker for origin stories. While it’s fairly certain that the world doesn’t need to know why Batman fights crime anymore, I find that one of the most interesting questions to ask is “How did we get here?” So it’s no surprise that I was delighted to read this story from the Palm Beach…

  18. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 23rd

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:10 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. Henrik…

  19. Fan attendance, knowledge during Bruins development camp 'wows' Tyler Seguin

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EST

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    While I don’t fault new hockey fans for struggling with the nuances of the game, it’s pretty easy to spot a newbie. Take a typical fantasy hockey draft, for insistence; you know someone isn’t fully aware when they draft Nikolai “Ka-bib-ulin” as one of their goalies. Boston Bruins fans impressed their first round draft pick…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers forward Gilbert Brule could get a big raise in arbitration

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    Despite fancy mathematical tools, it’s more or less impossible to truly measure grit or hustle. Going further, modern stats like Corsi ratings are probably not being uttered in salary arbitration cases. Instead, I’d imagine that the proceedings are dominated by simple stats such as points and maybe time on ice. For that reason, hockey people…

  21. Predators GM Poile on signing team's first Tennessee player, growing hockey in Nashville

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

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    When the Nashville Predators signed solid college performer Blake Geoffrion, I couldn’t help but focus on the rich “Boom Boom” heritage of his hockey family. One other interesting thing to note, though, is that Geoffrion is the first Tennessee native the team ever drafted, as an NHL.com story points out. While they lack the deep…

  22. Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos will unveil 2011 NHL All-Star Game logo on Monday

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    For whatever reason, next week will be a week of official NHL event announcements. As we told you yesterday, the league will hold an official press conference regarding the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field on Tuesday. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos released a statement saying today saying that the logo for the 2011 NHL…

  23. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Updates on restricted free agents Ryan, Neal and Grossman

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:40 PM EST

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    Let’s take a look at three restricted free agent contract talks in limbo at this point. Bobby Ryan’s agent says that he wants to stay in Anaheim and the Ducks want to keep him, too. From the sound of that talk, it comes down to finding a compromise on the term of the contract. Here…

  24. The Tampa Bay Lightning's latest signings, hirings and firings

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

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    Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning keep making changes on and off the ice (and behind the bench). In the first bit of news, the team announced the firing of Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and “roving” goalie coach Cap Raeder according to Damian Cristodero. In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime,…

  25. Would the Red Wings be better off going for someone other than Mike Modano?

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Most of the focus in the Mike Modano-to-Detroit rumors seems to center around Modano choosing to be a Red Wing (recently we found out he won’t decide until early August). Yet Scott Burnside brings up a good question: would the Red Wings be better off going with a different veteran scorer? It’s not an issue…

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