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James O’Brien

  1. 'Over 2 million' people show up for Chicago Blackhawks Cup parade

    Jun 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    So, it seems like that whole “Stanley Cup” thing is kind of a big deal to the people of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the victory parade garnered more than two million screaming revelers. With a 49-year Stanley Cup drought finally over, the City of Chicago estimated over 2 million ecstatic Blackhawks fans basked…

  2. Andrew Ladd played with fractured shoulder

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    One of the most interesting traditions that take place once a series – or the entire playoffs – ends is the series of stories that trickle through about players fighting through injuries. It’s not surprising to hear that Chicago Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd was banged up, though, being that he missed the first three games…

  3. Rob Blake expected to announce retirement next week

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    At 40 years old, it’s far from stunning that all signs point to Rob Blake retiring. Mark Emmons of the Mercury News reports that Blake will probably make that announcement sometime next week. The formal announcement is not expected to come until next week. On Wednesday, both the Sharks and Blake declined to comment. But…

  4. Devils should consider trading for Tomas Kaberle

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Tomas Kaberle has been such a constant source of trade rumors (especially in Toronto) that sometimes I wonder if sports writers just put together stories in a Mad-Libs format at this point. “Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle is rumored to be traded to (team) for (prospect) + (draft pick) so that the team can…

  5. Report: Maple Leafs to name Dion Phaneuf first captain since Mats Sundin

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t had a captain since Mats Sundin departed the team after the 2007-08 season, but if TSN reports are accurate, that will change on Monday. The Leafs are expected to hand the ‘C’ over to hard-hitting (and shooting) defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The former Calgary Flames product has had a rocky few…

  6. Blackhawks fans toilet paper coach Joel Quenneville's house to celebrate Cup

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I once wrote that I’d be afraid to run into Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville in a dark alley (thanks to the general intimidation that comes from his magnificent mustache). While my reaction to Quenneville is a mixture of fear and ‘stache-deification, it appears that some Hawks fans treat him more like an unpopular gym…

  7. Philadelphia Flyers 2010-11 cap situation: Now or later?

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    The Philadelphia Flyers are probably still a little sore about Wednesday’s loss. After all, they were one overtime goal away from preparing for a penultimate Game 7 bout tonight. Instead, their season is over, two wins short of a Stanley Cup. Still, as I’ve written many times before, this team exceeded most people’s expectations. They…

  8. Should the Flyers stick with Leighton and Boucher in net?

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    While this group of people was curiously absent for a few weeks, the “Paul Holmgren should have traded for a veteran goalie” brigade conveniently appeared once the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. That’s a pretty ridiculous stance to take when you consider the fact that the…

  9. Poll results: How much PHT readers think Bobby Ryan is worth

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    In late May, I asked PHT readers to vote on how much money Bobby Ryan should make as a restricted free agent. Take a look at the poll results below (click to enlarge). So, my general guess for Ryan’s value seems to match the majority opinion of our audience (Perry-Getzlaf money) although “Jordan Staal money”…

  10. Toronto Maple Leafs now own NHL's longest Cup drought; Will it end soon?

    Jun 10, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    After nearly 50 years – most of which were spent falling pretty far from victory – the Chicago Blackhawks broke their drought (“The curse of Espo,” maybe?) and hoisted the Cup last night. So, the question is, who is the new team to wait the longest at the old Championship Deli Counter for a pound…

  11. President Obama congratulates Blackhawks for Cup win

    Jun 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    While the Washington Capitals failed to get President Barack Obama to attend a game at the Verizon Center, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory earned them a phone call. Here’s more from the Chicago Sun-Times. In the wake of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory, President Obama on Thursday called Head Coach Joel Quenneville to congratulate…

  12. Maybe Gary Bettman should let someone else hand out the Cup …

    Jun 10, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Every year – but especially when a road team wins – the Stanley Cup handout ceremony is a hilariously awkward moment. For the winning team’s captain, it’s the height of exhilaration, whether that player is a fresh-faced (but wacky side-burned) youngster such as Jonathan Toews or a gray-bearded veteran like Ray Bourque. Yet, every time,…

  13. Nashville Predators sign Hobey Baker winner Blake Geoffrion to two-year deal

    Jun 10, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Just about every team in the NHL envied the Chicago Blackhawks last night, but one of the clubs with the most bittersweet feelings must have been the Nashville Predators (as Dirk Hoag from On the Forecheck discussed). While both the Flyers and Predators pushed the Stanley Cup champions to a sixth game, one could make…

  14. Jonathan Toews wins Conn Smythe; Was he the best choice?

    Jun 10, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    There was a moment or two during this year’s playoffs when I wondered if Jonathan Toews might ascend another rung on the superstar ladder and join the truly elite players in the hockey world. After he came down to earth a bit during the Cup finals, I’m not sure if he’s quite “there” yet. Instead,…

  15. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: The Flyers' magical, improbable run

    Jun 9, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    How many people – outside of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, maybe – thought that this team would be two wins away from winning a Cup after they barely eked their way into the playoffs by beating the New York Rangers in a shootout during the final game of the regular season? Seriously, when your postseason…

  16. NHL '11 preview: EA makes faceoffs more realistic with help from Jarret Stoll

    Jun 9, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    The “next generation” of Electronic Arts’ NHL series might be subject to a bit of nitpicking, but they’re still among the best hockey video games ever made. With the 2K Series bowing out of competition for at least a year (except on Nintendo’s Wii console), some people were worried that EA’s polygonal puck monopoly would…

  17. City of Glendale grants Ice Edge exclusive negiotating rights for 60 days

    Jun 9, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    Perhaps it shouldn’t be a big surprise since the ownership showdown is now really a one-horse race after Jerry Reinsdorf dropped out of the running (at least, if the team is staying in Arizona), but the City of Glendale unanimously approved Ice Edge Holdings for exclusive negotiating rights. TSN provides the news. The Glendale City…

  18. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Why is home ice such a big advantage?

    Jun 9, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    So far, the Stanley Cup finals has been a “homer” series. That’s a term sports writers use when the home team wins every game. Chicago, in particular, was an amazing 7-1 on the road before the Cup finals. Conversely, the Flyers are a league-best 9-1 – including a seven game winning streak – at the…

  19. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Choosing Leighton over Boucher (poll results)

    Jun 9, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    You’re (probably) aware that the Philadelphia Flyers already made the decision to start Michael Leighton instead of Brian Boucher for what could be their last playoff game of 2009-10 tonight. So, on some level, the “drama” is gone from the debate – although the quiet pro-Boucher minority might come out of the woodwork if Leighton…

  20. Washington Capitals off-season: Jose Theodore out, but Eric Fehr ponders extension

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Fair or not, the lasting image of Jose Theodore’s stay with the Washington Capitals might be the final playoff game he started against the Montreal Canadiens in which he allowed 2 goals on 2 shots. Friendlier Capitals fans will note that the former Hart Trophy winner was excellent – at times – during the 2009-10…

  21. Finnish hockey fans sacrifice sleep to watch Cup finals

    Jun 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    One of the mini-stories of the playoffs, Olympics and recent seasons in general is the odd rise of the Finnish goalie. In the last decade or so, the league’s been treated to the play of Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and most recently Boston’s Tuukka Rask and potential Stanley Cup champion in Chicago’s Antti…

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