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James O’Brien

  1. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Which players have the most to gain (and lose)

    May 25, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    In my last post, I discussed how long it’s been since either the Flyers or Blackhawks won a Cup and that both teams shouldn’t assume they’ll be back again any time soon. To wrap up a general two-part series regarding “what’s at stake” for both teams, I thought I’d also look at individual players in…

  2. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: What this series means for both teams

    May 25, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Once the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins were ousted from the second round of the playoffs, it became clear that this year’s Stanley Cup finals would not have a “been there, done that” feeling. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers ensure that whoever wins the Cup will end a long drought for a historic…

  3. Red Wings hoping Nicklas Lidstrom makes retirement decision soon

    May 25, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Red Wings are hoping that legendary defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom decides whether or not to retire before the June 25-26 NHL Entry Draft, reports Ansar Khan of MLive.com. The story indicates that the genius Swede will at least make his choice before the first day of unrestricted free agency, which is July 1. Most in…

  4. 2010 NHL playoffs: Habs-Flyers Game 5 preview

    May 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    As the Chicago Blackhawks watch on/heal their wounds/get some dental work done, the Flyers host the Habs in what could be the final game of the Eastern Conference finals. Let’s take a look at some of the storylines of the game along with where you can find coverage. Montreal Canadiens at Philadelphia Flyers – 7:00 PM…

  5. Tom Pyatt out, Mathieu Darche in for Montreal in Game 5

    May 24, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    Tom Pyatt was an absolute factor in the one game that the Montreal Canadiens actually found a way to score in so far against Philadelphia. The rugged forward had a goal and an assist in that lone 5-1 win, but he won’t be able to suit up for the Habs in the first of what…

  6. Sharks restricted free agents: Big money for 'The Big Pavelski'?

    May 24, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Note: This post continues a series that studies the San Jose Sharks’ cap situation. Check out a “big picture” view here and an outlook on the team’s unrestricted free agents here. Restricted free agency is a funny thing in all sports, including the NHL. To simplify the process: a player is given a chance to make some money…

  7. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Scouting Combine begins today

    May 24, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    The Scouting Combine for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft begins today, a mere day after Taylor Hall and the Windsor Spitfires won their second consecutive Memorial Cup. The Combine runs fro, May 24-29 and will give teams an idea about a player’s physical – and in the case of individual interviews, mental – attributes that…

  8. Sharks unrestricted free agents: Outlook on Marleau, Nabokov, Blake

    May 24, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    In the last post, I took a “big picture” look at the San Jose Sharks salary cap situation. The team has enough interesting free agent situations that I feel like their most noteworthy unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents deserve devoted posts. Now, keep in mind, this isn’t based on “insider” tips but rather a…

  9. San Jose Sharks 2010-11 salary cap outlook

    May 24, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    More detail about the Sharks’ unrestricted free agents Analysis regarding the Sharks restricted free agents After being swept by the Chicago Blackhawks, I couldn’t help but wonder: did it mark the “end of an era” for the San Jose Sharks? To say that they have a confusing salary cap situation is putting it lightly. Two…

  10. Videos: Windsor Spitfires win 2010 Memorial Cup

    May 24, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Last night, the Windsor Spitfires dominated the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1 to win the Memorial Cup. It would be excessive to put up videos of every goal, but since American coverage of the game is pretty scarce. So if you haven’t seen any of it, here’s a few highlights from the game. Here’s the first…

  11. Poll: Should the World Championships go on hiatus during Winter Olympic years?

    May 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    During the weekend, Toronto Maple Leafs GM  – also, the man who put together the silver medal winning US team – Brian Burke called for the IIHF World Championships to take the year off during Winter Olympic years. (Perhaps it’s worth mentioning that Burke is also the manager of a U.S. squad that floundered into the…

  12. Reports: Hurricanes sale talk 'much ado over very little'

    May 24, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    A few moments ago I reported that Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos was looking to sell 50 percent – maybe more – of the team, preferably to someone in the local North Carolina area. The team issued a statement mentioning that Karmanos has been looking to find a replacement since his partner’s death in 2008 and that…

  13. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos looks to sell at least half of team

    May 24, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes look like they might join the group of NHL teams looking for new ownership – at least in some form. The Triangle Business Journal reports that Canes owner Peter Karmanos hired Allen & Co. (the group that advised in the sale of sports teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins) to sell 50…

  14. What you might have missed: Hawks sweep, Czechs gold, Spitfires win Memorial Cup

    May 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    One could make a strong argument that yesterday was the biggest day of hockey – beyond just the NHL – in all of 2010. Seriously, there were some huge games played on a world scale Sunday. In case you missed the three biggest outcomes, here’s a summary of the action, including PHT takes on each…

  15. Controversy surrounding Flyers' sandy skate issues boils over

    May 24, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The reflexive response is to attach “-Gate” to any controversy (although I wonder what would happen if the Dallas Stars were involved … we already have “Stargate” after all) but perhaps this Flyers-Habs dilemma deserves a couple extra syllables. Maybe we should refer to it as “Sand-on-the-Skategate” instead? Or perhaps the “Great Sandy Skate Debate”?…

  16. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Post-game videos

    May 24, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

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    Here’s the final set of tonight’s videos from NBC’s playoff coverage. First, here’s the last barrage of interviews from Jonathan Toews, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and Sharks coach Todd McLellan.   Next, the NBC Crew discusses the impact of defensive-minded forwards including Mike Richards and Dave Bolland.   Here’s the presentation of the Campbell Trophy,…

  17. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Highlight videos, including Star Cam and Sounds of the Game

    May 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Expect all kinds of Chicago-San Jose video goodies in this post. First, here’s the highlights of the game.   Next, San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski are featured on NBC’s Starm Cam videos.   Not to be out-done, the Chicago Blackhawks have all kinds of star power, so naturally their Star Cam…

  18. Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires win Memorial Cup by beating Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1

    May 23, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    The Windsor Spitfires became one of only eight teams to win back-to-back Memorial Cup tonight, destroying the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-1. Considering the fact that probable No. 1 pick Taylor Hall became the first player to ever win back-to-back tournament MVPs, you have to wonder if – somewhere – the Edmonton Oilers are smiling. Allan…

  19. Trip to Stanley Cup finals helps Duncan Keith cope with loss of 7 teeth

    May 23, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    Duncan Keith lost seven teeth in this afternoon’s game between the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks, but advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals must numb some of that pain. Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune captured some great quotes from the chopper-lite Keith. “I just smashed all my teeth out,” Keith said as he opened…

  20. 2010 IIHF World Championships: Alex Ovechkin, Russia fall short as Czechs take gold

    May 23, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia’s year of frustration continued today as the upstart Czech Republic team shocked them 2-1 to win the gold medal in the 2010 IIHF World Championships. The Czech Republic was not expected to have so much success. After all, their biggest name Jaromir Jagr almost seemed to wave a white flag…

  21. Sharks didn't choke, but is this still the end of an era?

    May 23, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    The San Jose Sharks didn’t lose in the first round this year. This wasn’t a situation in which they lost to a Cinderella team, either. Instead it was the No. 2 seed Chicago Blackhawks, a squad that barely fell short of taking the top seed from them in the regular season. The higher level of…

  22. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Post-game interviews

    May 23, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The NBC Crew covered all kinds of bases with post-game interviews. Here are three videos featuring the jubilant Western Conference’s Stanley Cup Finals representatives. First, here’s “Captain Serious” Jonathan Toews.   Next, here’s John “Boom” Madden, the great defensive forward who is no stranger to the Cup after being part of those ultra-successful New Jersey…

  23. NHL Playoffs, Blackhawks vs. Sharks, Game 4: Video previews

    May 22, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Here are two NBC videos designed to get you pumped up for tomorrow’s Chicago-San Jose tilt. The game stars at 3 PM ET live on NBC and we’ll be doing another festive Live Chat. So make sure you swing on by (or we’ll be depressed).          

  24. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: NBC feature videos

    May 22, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Here are a couple more videos from today’s game in Montreal. First, we have NBC’s post-game interview with Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, whose physical presence made a big (some may complain, dirty) impact on today’s game. Check out the video below.   And then we have an interesting feature regarding the role of American…

  25. NHL Playoffs, Flyers vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Highlight videos

    May 22, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Top highlights:     Check out this tremendous effort by much-maligned Marc Andre Bergeron, who saved the Canadiens from an empty-net goal. Unfortunately, Claude Giroux ended up putting in an ENG later on, but still. You can’t deny that this was an amazing effort.       Sounds of the Game:  

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