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James O’Brien

  1. AHL shares 30-team league alignment for 2010-11 season

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    On the verge of its 75th season, the AHL is now at an all-time high 30 teams. shares the development league’s new conference/divisional alignment, which I captured in a screen shot below. (Click to enlarge) In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey…

  2. Trading No. 1 pick would be a foolish move by Edmonton Oilers

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    It’s rarely safe to work in absolutes or extremes, but the Edmonton Oilers would be crazy to trade their No. 1 pick unless a team threw a Lindros-for-Forsberg+Noah’s Ark type offer their way. Darren Dreger’s report that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is willing to hear any and all offers for their top pick is pretty…

  3. Ice Edge Holdings meets with Gary Bettman, NHL on Coyotes sale

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Ice Edge Holdings met with Gary Bettman and other NHL officials on Tuesday to discuss their potential offer to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, according to Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic. The NHL is expected to continue examining Ice Edge’s proposal before team owners hold a vote. Meanwhile, the group continues to work out final…

  4. NJ Devils promote from within, name John MacLean head coach

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    After mulling over a few other coaching options, the New Jersey Devils announced that they decided to hire from within and therefore promoted Lowell Devils coach John MacLean to the big club’s head job. MacLean (not to be confused with Bruce Willis’ star-making “Die Hard” character John McClane) has been a fixture in the franchise…

  5. Mike Ramsey leaves post as Minnesota Wild assistant coach

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    After spending 10 years as the assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild, Mike Ramsey announced that he will step down from the team immediately. Ramsey made a big impact on American and Minnesotan hockey. The Wild summarized his staggering resume of puck-based achievements. And so ends the Wild coaching career of one of Minnesota’s most…

  6. Nashville Predators sign Francis Bouillon to two year, $2.7M extension

    Jun 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Nashville Predators signed Francis Bouillon to a two-year, $2.7 million contract extension according to TSN. What does this really mean? The world receives two more seasons worth of “Bouillon Cube” puns. Bouillon played a career-high 81 games for the Predators in the 2009-10 season, managing to notch 3 goals, 11 points and a +5…

  7. Detroit Red Wings sign GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill to 5-year extensions

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    It’s been rumored for a few weeks now, but the Detroit Red Wings will officially retain general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill. The team extended their contracts for five years today, according to TSN. Holland, 54, has been the GM for Detroit since July of 1997. Since that time, Detroit has…

  8. Expect a drastically different Pacific division next season

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    It’s safe to say that just about every NHL team will see at least moderate changes this summer. Yet, when I was putting together some free agent articles (not to mention thumbing through posts about ownership changes around the league), it dawned on me that the Pacific division – in particular – will look very,…

  9. Jay Mohr to host 2010 NHL Awards; Chaka Khan sighting not expected

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The NHL just announced that Bob Sugar – er, I mean Jay Mohr – will host the 2010 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 23. Here are a few more details of the performers/guests from an NHL press release. I’ll even throw some quips in between each paragraph for your giggling/eye-rolling pleasure. As previously announced, the…

  10. Florida Panthers should keep Tomas Vokoun, at least for now

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    It might not stay this way for long, but at least at the moment, new Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he wants to hold onto Czech goalie Tomas Vokoun. The Florida Sun-Sentinel shares the story. “He sounded like he wants to improve the team,” Vokoun said of Tallon. “And he thinks we’re going to…

  11. NHL hockey back in Winnipeg? Well, sort of

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks will play an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Winnipeg on Sept. 22. It could be extra-special for “Captain Serious” Jonathan Toews, a native of the Winnipeg area. (Source: AP) I have to admit, I didn’t even realize (until today) that Winnipeg hosted seven games that didn’t count since 1997.…

  12. League-wide attendance down 2.5 percent compared to 08-09 season

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    A couple days ago, I discussed the many great signs the NHL can take from the 2010 playoffs. It’s not all puppy dogs and fairy tales for the league, though, as James Mirtle points out that league-wide attendance went down 2.5 percent last season compared to the 2008-09 campaign. To put it in another way,…

  13. Poll results: How much PHT readers think Antti Niemi is worth

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    A few days ago, I asked PHT readers to assess the value of restricted free agent (and Stanley Cup winning goalie) Antti Niemi. The Chicago Blackhawks salary cap situation is obviously one of the stories of the summer and Niemi’s RFA status could force the team to make some tough decisions. As you can see…

  14. Teemu Selanne considers return, unless the Ducks go in 'rebuild' mode

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Year after year, it seems like the Anaheim Ducks face questions about the possible retirement of Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer. This time around, it sounds like Selanne will wait on the Ducks’ decisions. A Finnish daily newspaper reports that the all-time goal scoring leader among Finnish-born hockey players wants to make sure that the…

  15. NCAA considers delayed penalty rule change; Should the NHL alter penalty shots?

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As was discussed on Puck Daddy Tuesday, the NCAA is considering a few interesting potential rule changes. Those ideas include a much-needed enforcement for hits to the head, a baffling plan to call icing on a team trying to kill penalties, and maybe the strangest proposal of them all: allowing a team to score on…

  16. Ville Leino, Dan Carcillo to undergo off-season surgery

    Jun 15, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    While they both took divergent paths in the playoffs (one would shrink into healthy scratch mediocrity, the other emerged as a force), Ville Leino and Daniel Carcillo will both go under the knife this summer. Leino will get surgery on his hip while Carcillo will have an offseason procedure for a sports hernia, reports Ed…

  17. Vancouver Canucks sign Aaron Rome to 2-year contract

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    The Vancouver Canucks defense – and on some level, the entire team – was in disarray by Game 6 of their semifinal feud with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2010 playoffs. Injuries caused some issues, particularly with shutdown guy Willie Mitchell. The team hopes to bolster its depth by retaining journeyman defenseman Aaron Rome for…

  18. Los Angeles Kings sign Swedish Elite League defenseman Johan Fransson

    Jun 15, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    He’s Swedish and his name looks almost the same on paper, but no, the Los Angeles Kings didn’t sign Johan Franzen. Instead, the team signed Swedish Elite League defenseman Johan Fransson to a one-year contract. Rich Hammond shares some details about the blueliner. Fransson became Kings property after the Feb. 2007 trade that sent Mattias…

  19. Report: Brendan Morrison won't be back with Washington Capitals

    Jun 15, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

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    The Washington Capitals have decided not to renew No. 2 center Brendan Morrison’s contract for next season, reports Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post. The 34-year-old was signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract last summer in the hopes he could rediscover the point-producing touch he had as a Canuck. But after a fast start…

  20. New York Islanders, Doug Weight close to one-year deal

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The New York Islanders and Doug Weight are reportedly on the verge of agreeing to a new contract that would keep the veteran center in Long Island for at least one more year. TSN reports that Weight and Islanders GM Garth Snow are just clearing up the bonus structure of the deal, but Snow said…

  21. Jonathan Toews: Rumored cover star for EA's NHL '11 game

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    While it’s far from official, there are some well-founded rumors that Jonathan Toews will be the cover star for EA Sports’ upcoming NHL ’11 video game. Puck Daddy and various other outlets caught wind of the software giant briefly putting up a page with a mockup of the game cover on its Web site, although…

  22. Hershey Bears win second straight Calder Cup after 4-0 win

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) beat the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars affiliate) 4-0 to win their Calder Cup series 4-2 last night. captures the significance of the Bears’ historic 2009-10 season. The Bears became the AHL’s first repeat champions in 19 years, capping a comeback from a 2-0 series deficit with a 4-0…

  23. Jay Leno welcomes Chicago Blackhawks, Stanley Cup (video)

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    I’m not sure what televises better: the Stanley Cup or those awesome red Chicago Blackhawks jerseys. (Though I would guess that the real winners are Duncan Keith’s vacant teeth and Patrick Kane’s mullet.) All four of those beauties made an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno last night. Check out this video with…

  24. Tuesday marks the start of two-week contract buyout period

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Most of the talk in the next month or so will be about teams adding players. Whether it is through the draft or free agent splurges, the majority of players leaving teams will be doing so by choice (some might say because of greed). There is, however, one big exception: buyouts. The contract buy-out window…

  25. Toronto Maple Leafs officially announce Dion Phaneuf as captain, jersey redesign

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    As we expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs named Dion Phaneuf their newly minted captain during a press conference today. There was more news than that, though, as the Leafs look to be echoing their past in other ways too. Check out their “new” jerseys, which as Icethetics points out, bring back a shoulder patch used…

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