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  1. Tampa Bay Lightning say Vincent Lecavalier's knee surgery was successful

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    As we discussed on the weekend, Vincent Lecavalier did indeed undergo knee surgery today. The Tampa Bay Lightning put out a release stating that the surgery was successful. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee this morning at the Florida Medical Clinic…

  2. Bobby Ryan says he doesn't want the Ducks to trade him

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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    Now that Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Little are no longer restricted free agents, the spotlight focuses even more on the two biggest RFAs remaining (unless you really love Marc Staal): Bobby Ryan and James Neal. The Ryan-Anaheim Ducks negotiations have been especially intriguing because the ideal three-year length for Ryan would be lethal for his…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators reportedly ink Patric Hornqvist to three-year, $9.25M deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

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    One of the bigger restricted free agent contract negotiations seems to have concluded, as Patric Hornqvist and the Nashville Predators reportedly agreed on a three-year, $9.25 million contract. On the Forecheck passed along that note from its original source, The Nashville Predators have agreed to a new three-year, $9.25 million contract with star winger…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Thrashers sign Andrei Zubarev to two-year, two-way deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed defenseman Andrei Zubarev to a two-way, two-year deal today according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Vivlamore reports that each year of the deal will earn him $625K if he plays on the NHL level and 62K if he remains at the minor league level. Here are more details about…

  5. Aaron Ward decides to retire after three knee surgeries, 15 NHL seasons

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Some sad if not surprising news from the NHLPA today: defenseman Aaron Ward decided to retire from the NHL. Here is more from the players association’s press release. Aaron Ward, a veteran of more than 13 NHL seasons, 17 seasons in professional hockey, and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, announced his retirement from the National…

  6. So far, the World Hockey Summit provides little more than idle talk

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    There was plenty of discussion during Monday’s session of the World Hockey Summit. Issues in women’s hockey were brought up much like we wrote about earlier, with Canadian women’s national team captain Hayley Wickenheiser pointing out the troubling fact that Russia only has six rinks where females can play hockey. Steve Yzerman similarly mentioned a…

  7. Joffrey Lupul could miss training camp, beginning of season due to back infection

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    Most injury reports are fairly mundane. They’re generally full of tweaks and scopes and strains and tears. Every once and a while, though, you stumble on an ailment that sounds downright scary. Take, for instance, the case of Joffrey Lupul. News broke that the goal scoring winger will miss the opening of training camp and…

  8. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 23rd

    Aug 24, 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. Skepticism…

  9. Poll results: Readers want the NHL to remain involved with the Olympics

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EST

    With the World Hockey Summit starting today, one of the biggest topics was how the NHL would handle future Olympic competitions, particularly the not-so-convenient 2014 Sochi Games. A couple days ago, I asked PHT readers what they thought about the possible return of the World Cup tournament and whether the NHL should continue participating in…

  10. MSG Network hires Butch Goring to take Billy Jaffe's spot in Islanders broadcast booth

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    About a month ago, we discussed the rather surprising decision by MSG Network to let announcer Billy Jaffe walk because the New York Islanders thought he was “too critical” of the team. Chris Botta reports that Jaffe’s replacement has been found in beloved former Islander Butch Goring. Butch Goring has been hired by MSG Network…

  11. Cristobal Huet's agent claims he would've renegotiated his contract to stay in NHL

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:15 PM EST

    As Joe discussed earlier today, Cristobal Huet will more or less be smuggled off the Chicago Blackhawks’ salary cap to a foreign league team. That last move will alleviate the team’s biggest remaining cap problems, all for the low-low price of $5.625 million. One interesting subplot is that Huet would have been willing to renegotiate…

  12. After struggling with problems last season, Niklas Kronwall's knee issues continue

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

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    While his hits often (in my opinion) straddle the line of charging, there’s really little doubt that Niklas Kronwall is an impact player. (He even has a very cool last name that some choose to turn into a verb, in a good way.) Beyond those game-changing body checks, Kronwall also brings a nice bit of…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 22nd

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:30 PM 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. Even when we have…

  14. Taking a look at the agenda for next week's World Hockey Summit

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    A ticket to the World Hockey Summit is a big expenditure even for the most well-off hockey fan at a resounding $450. Instead of selling a kidney or stiffing your roommate for rent, how about you follow along with us as we follow the stories of the event, which starts Monday? (For the record, neither…

  15. Cam Janssen challenges Krys Barch to a fight via Twitter

    Aug 22, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    People set up plenty of things with each other on the Internet. Sometimes, a timid couple will plan a first date through winky emoticons and instant messages. Maybe someone will find a job on Craig’s List. But rarely will you hear about people setting up a fight, especially two guys who aren’t hiding behind some…

  16. Hockey writers poke fun at possible rule changes from R&D camp

    Aug 21, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

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    Whenever the NHL discusses making changes – particularly ones that are off the beaten path – they make life pretty simple and easy for satirists and bloggers. So it’s probably no surprise that while blogs such as our own did indeed pour over a ton of the details, some of the funniest hockey writers had…

  17. NHL emphasizes regulation/OT wins over shootouts in playoff tiebreaker rule change

    Aug 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    It’s such an obvious rule change that it is actually kind of stunning it wasn’t already in place already, but ESPN’s EJ Hradek confirms that the NHL will devalue shootouts – at least when it comes to playoff tiebreakers. NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to…

  18. Vincent Lecavalier will undergo minor knee surgery, shouldn't miss training camp

    Aug 21, 2010, 3:55 PM EST

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    Even if the words are preceded by “minor,” it’s still disturbing to hear news of knee surgery for your $85 million captain. That is the case with Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier, who will undergo a minor off-season surgery on his knee on August 24. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent…

  19. Alex Ovechkin exposes corruption in Russian hockey during candid interview

    Aug 21, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Believe it or not, interview translations aren’t useful solely for generating arguments about plagiarism. Take, for instance, Dmitry Chesnokov’s translation of a surprisingly candid Alex Ovechkin interview from While there is plenty of intriguing stuff about Ovechkin finding his shot (his father made him aim his shot at “a certain number of cans” before…

  20. Montreal Canadiens set to name Patrick Boivin as director of hockey operations

    Aug 21, 2010, 12:50 PM EST

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    After Julian Brisebois left his position as director of hockey operations to take an assistant GM job with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Montreal Canadiens needed to find a replacement. Team president and CEO Pierre Boivin didn’t go far to do just that; he just reached directly down the family tree. TSN has the story.…

  21. Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets claims Toronto Sun plagiarized their translations, again

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    Yesterday, Joe touched on the escalating allegations of plagiarism between Maple Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets and newspaper The Toronto Sun. In case you aren’t up to speed on the subject, the blog put up a translated interview from a Czech source, only to notice that the Sun published a translation that seemed curiously similar.…

  22. How should the NHL handle the Olympics and/or World Cup?

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    It seems like the decision is in the very distant future; after all, a lot can happen between now and 2014 (you know, like a *shudder* lockout). Yet discussion about the pros and cons of the NHL resurrecting its World Cup format – maybe or maybe not to replace participation in the Olympic Games –…

  23. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 20th

    Aug 21, 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. Alex…

  24. Which teams (and players) are the best (and worst) at shootouts?

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    It’s more than a mild understatement to say that shootouts aren’t popular with hardcore hockey fans. That being said, I think that we often take our distaste for the “glorified skills competition” too far. At least in one area: analysis. Rarely do you hear a player touted for his penalty shot kills, unless it’s to…

  25. Well, at least Dustin Byfuglien fastened the Stanley Cup's seatbelt …

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    People throw around the word “unique” a lot these days, almost to the point that the description is losing its meaning. Yet, when it comes to NHL players, few qualify for that classification quite like Dustin Byfuglien. (After all, I haven’t tried valiantly to make his nickname “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” for nothing.) I already…

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